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CHECK OUT the new fiction
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Realists of a Larger Reality
We will need writers who can remember freedom.
Poets, visionaries — the realists of a larger reality. …
An avid news junkie, I often find myself watching in amazement, reflecting that the prophetic events in the SciFi/Fantasy classics of my youth seem to be playing out on the world stage. Is truth becoming stranger than fiction? Or is fictional reality a greater truth?
Le Guin was honored by the National Book Foundation a year ago for her distinguished contribution to American letters that "transcended the boundaries between fantasy and realism, to forge new paths for literary fiction." Accepting the award at the 2014 National Book Awards, Le Guin's comments went viral. Her words still resonate with me a year later:
"I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries — the realists of a larger reality. … "
Beloved author Neil Gaiman says Le Guin “made me a better writer and much more importantly, she made me a better person who wrote." I second that. Thank you, Ursula Le Guin, for stoking my imagination and helping to shape my character. Those of us who love literature, and who support student's who love science fiction and fantasy, know that recreational reading is not just for entertainment. These stories shape hearts and minds, sharpening intellect by playing with possibilities. So I stock the shelves with the greats like Le Guin, Bradbury and Butler, and also seek out emerging voices. Like me, our students need - and deserve - realists of the larger reality.
Please email owensa@countryday,net with title / author suggestions.
Ta-Nehisi Coates - 2015 National Book Award for Non-fiction
Writing to his teenage son, Coates explores the what it means to be a black man in America.: “This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
Coates poses provocative questions about race and doesn't shrink from hard truths: "Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men... What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?" source
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"I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’s journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory.”—Toni Morrison
Listen to the opening chapter of the book. (Scroll fown & click on link to launch audio file).
Ta-Nehisi Coates Tells the Story of the Friend Who Inspired His Award-Winning Book (Article is excellent. Scroll down to view Moyers' previous interview with Coates.)
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Fear and the Black Experience (Charlie Rose November 2015 interview)
What books does Mr. Coates recommend? The NYPL posts his reading list:
Neal Shusterman Wins 2015 Young People's Literature Award
A tour-de-force descent into mental illness.