Envisioned as a response to The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin’s groundbreaking 1963 essay collection, contemporary writers reflect on the past, present, and future of race in America.

Product Code: 6573
ISBN: 9781501126352
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published Date: 06/19/2017
Availability:In stock
Price: $10.99

A surprise New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful. The Fire This Time is vivid proof that words are important, because of their power to both cleanse and to clarify” (USA TODAY).

In this bestselling, widely lauded collection, Jesmyn Ward gathers our most original thinkers and writers to speak on contemporary racism and race, including Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, and Honoree Jeffers. “An absolutely indispensable anthology” (Booklist, starred review), The Fire This Time shines a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestles with our current predicament, and imagines a better future.

We’ve made significant progress in the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essays were published, but America is a long and painful distance away from a “post-racial society”—a truth we must confront if we are to continue to work towards change. Baldwin’s “fire next time” is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about; The Fire This Time “seeks to place the shock of our own times into historical context and, most importantly, to move these times forward” (Vogue).

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“The Tradition” by Jericho Brown
Introduction by Jesmyn Ward

Part I Legacy
Homegoing, AD BY Kima Jones
The Weight by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
Lonely in America by Wendy S. Walters
Where Do We Go From Here? By Isabel Wilkerson
“The Dear Pledges of Our Love”: A Defense of Phillis Wheatley’s Husband by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers
White Rage by Carol Anderson
Cracking the Code by Jesmyn Ward

Part II: Reckoning
Queries of Unrest by Clint Smith
Blacker Than Thou by Kevin Young
Da Art of Storytellin’ (a Prequel) by Kiese Laymon
Black and Blue by Garnette Cadogan
The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning by Claudia Rankine
Know Your Rights! By Emily Raboteau
Composite Pops by Mitchell S. Jackson

Part III: Jubilee
Theories of Time and Space by Natasha Trethewey
This Far: Notes on Love and Revolution by Daniel Jose Older
Message to My Daughters by Edwidge Danicat

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