The works of Langston Hughes reflect the lives and struggles of African Americans, and celebrate the richness of the culture. February 1, 2012 marked the 110th anniversary of the late poet, musician and playwright's birth.
In the author's latest novel, The Devil in Silver, a man is mistakenly committed to a mental hospital where a buffalo-headed monster stalks patients at night. LaValle tells Fresh Air why he picked monsters, about his family history of mental illness and how he had his own brush with psychological problems.
Watch this online-only extended interview on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright and political organizer who died Thursday at the age of 79. We talk to four of his friends and play some of Amiri Baraka in his own words.
Zora Neal Hurston is one of the most notable authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Her extensive ethnographic research on African American foodways throughout the state of Florida remains a critical historic resource to this day. Her work provides insight into meals such as pickled pigs feet and their rise in the southern African American community as a staple, as well as many home remedies like parched rice and bay leaves for an upset stomach and recipes to cure of mind. From Floridian fried...
Harlem Renaissance fixture Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, is the subject of a biography written by her niece which recounts Hurston's literary legacy. (Weekend Edition, 11/14/2004)
In one of her last interviews, recorded just a fortnight before her death, Maya Angelou said her hope for the world was that people will one day ‘look into each others’ faces and say "good morning" and mean it’. (Books & Arts Daily, RN, 6/2/2014)
Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with Marlon James. (50 minutes, 23 mb mp3) Poets and writers come to the Calabash literary festival in Jamaica from every corner of the world, and still the overpowering voice in the fiction readings belongs to a native son from down the road in Kingston. Marlon James, in his second [...]
CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE: "AMERICANAH" : Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest novel touches on many things: race, love, immigration and the fraught topic of black women's hair. "Americanah" unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature. (52 min.)