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How Have I Not Read This? October Book Club Pick

James Baldwin No Name in the Street

Join Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Hilton Als, and Imani Perry for a live, virtual discussion of James Baldwin’s No Name in the Street. Moderated by Julian Lucas.

James Baldwin has long been one of our most significant writers, but the conversation around Black lives in 2020 has seen his work become newly relevant to an entirely new generation of readers. Read from the vantage point of 2020, Baldwin’s No Name in the Street is an extraordinary history of the turbulent sixties and early seventies that powerfully speaks to our contemporary conversations around racism. Displaying Baldwin’s fury and despair more deeply than any of his other works, this book “contains truth that cannot be denied” (The Atlantic).

This is a selection of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group’s “How Have I Not Read This?” Book Club. Read along with us at #HowHaveINotReadThis

Find out more about the book and read an excerpt.


Event Details:
• THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12. Register here and add to your calendar.

• EVENT START: 7:00 PM ET (or shortly after once all are checked in)

• Hosted in partnership with Philadelphia’s Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. You can order No Name in the Street from them HERE.

• NOTE: This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom—you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

Featured Participants:

EDDIE S. GLAUDE, JR., is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University. He is also the chair of the Department of African American Studies and author of the New York Times bestseller Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own.

HILTON ALS is the author of The Women and White Girls. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2017, and is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

IMANI PERRY is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of six books, including the award winning Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry. Her most recent book is titled Breathe: A Letter to My Sons.

JULIAN LUCAS is a writer and critic based in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times Book Review. He is an associate editor at Cabinet and a contributing editor at The Point and The Ballot.