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.
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 [...]