September Author Interviews Feature Biographies of Civil Rights Giant W.E.B. Du Bois and Legendary Black Journalist Ethel Payne
W.E.B. DU BOIS: An American Intellectual Activist and EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press are among the nonfiction books featured with author interviews this month on KAZI Book Review on KAZI 88.7 FM. Highlights on the fiction side include interviews with Steph Cha discussing her latest Juniper Song mystery, DEAD SOON ENOUGH and Joe Meno discussing his new crime fiction/travel novel, MARVEL AND A WONDER. Below is the schedule of interviews with short descriptions of the books.
September 6, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST
John Burdett, THE BANGKOK ASSET (fiction)- Set in Bangkok, Thailand, this is the sixth novel by Burdett featuring Royal Thai Police Force detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.
Reed Farrell Coleman, Robert B. Parker’s BLIND SPOT (fiction) – This is Coleman’s second Jesse Stone novel, a series started by the late legendary crime fiction writer Robert B. Parker in 1997. Jesse Stone is a former baseball player that is police chief of the fictional small town of Paradise, Massachusetts. In BLIND SPOT, Stone
September 7, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CST
Shawn Leigh Alexander, W.E.B. DU BOIS (nonfiction) – Alexander chronicles the long life and changes in philosophy of Du Bois, the legendary intellectual, scholar, activist, and cofounder of the NAACP who lived from 1867-1963.
September 13, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Joe Meno, MARVEL AND A WONDER (fiction) – Set in 1995 primarily in southern Indiana, Meno explores the relationship between a biracial teenager and his 71 year-old grandfather, who grow closer thanks to the unexpected inheritance of a horse.
September 14, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CST
James McGrath Morris, EYE ON THE STRUGGLE (nonfiction) – Former journalist Morris has written a biography about the late black journalist, Ethel Payne, who wrote for the black owned Chicago Defender newspaper from 1951 to 1978. As the Chicago Defender’s White House correspondent from 1954 into the 1970s, Payne covered some of the most significant civil rights legislation of the era.
September 20, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Steph Cha, DEAD SOON ENOUGH (fiction) – Steph Cha is back with her third mystery featuring millenial Korean American female detective Juniper Song, set in Los Angeles.
Joe Feagin, HOW BLACKS BUILT AMERICA (nonfiction) – Texas A & M sociologist Joe Feagin writes in his introduction, “I show in much detail throughout this book that there is an extraordinarily important and positive black exceptionalism that is constantly revealed in the centuries long history of this society.”
September 27, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Matthew Guinn, THE SCRIBE (fiction) – A historical mystery set in Atlanta in 1881, a white police detective is paired with a black detective to find a murderer killing prominent black citizens; Tananarive Due, GHOST SUMMER (fiction)- a collection of supernatural short stories
September 28, 8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. CST
Victor Chen, CUT LOOSE – Sociology professor Victor Chen “offers a poignant look at how the long-term unemployed struggle in today’s unfair economy to support their families, rebuild their lives, and overcome the shame and self-blame they deal with on a daily basis.”