Red Emma's Radical Pavilion brings cutting-edge authors and ideas to the heart of the city.
Radical Bookfair Pavilion
Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, Baltimore’s fastest-growing independent bookstore, brings you the best of the left in this annual installment to the Baltimore Book Festival. Now in its eighth year, the Radical Bookfair pavilion features talks by Tim Wise, Cherríe Moraga, D. Watkins, and many more.
Stage: Visitor Center front lawn
Friday, September 23
Sarah Jaffe presents Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt
Acclaimed journalist and Nation Institute Fellow Sarah Jaffe explores the groundswell of activism rising across the US, fighting back in the name of democracy against inequality, exploitation, debt, and police violence, in conversation with local organizers.
Saturday, September 24
Russell Rickford presents We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination
In this groundbreaking new history of autonomous grassroots education in the era of Black Power, Russell Rickford recovers the stories and significance of Pan African experimental schooling in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, organized to affirm African identities in the inner-city and provide young people with the intellectual resources and support they needed to help decolonize their minds.
Yago Colás presents Ball Don't Lie! Myth, Genealogy, and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball
In this new critical examination of the history of basketball, Yago Colás diagnoses the white anxieties behind blinkered official histories of the game, exploring how race and culture have formed and reformed the sport as contested territory and site of invention.
PM Press presents Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines
Inspired by the legacy of radical and queer black feminists of the 1970s and ’80s, Revolutionary Mothering places marginalized mothers of color at the center of a world of necessary transformation. Join editor China Martens (The Future Generation) and others for a timely discussion of the challenges mothers face every day, and the ways we can work collective to raise up together.
Nalo Hopkinson in focus
Award-winning Jamaican-born speculative-fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson, author of Brown Girl in the Ring and Falling in Love With Hominids among other works, joins the Baltimore Book Festival for the first time to read from her most recent stories, and discuss the feminist politics that inform her powerful, imaginative prose.
Patricia Hill Collins presents Intersectionality
Distinguished scholar of Black feminism and UMD College Park Professor of Sociology presents her brand new book with Sirma Bilge—an accessible introduction to the idea of “intersectionality.” or how race, gender, class, sexuality, and other forms of social power and inequality interact and shape each other.
Afrofuturism featuring Nalo Hopkinson, DJ Spooky, and more
Combining sci-fi, fantasy, Afro-centrism, and history, Afrocentrism has emerged as a key narrative strategy for delving deeper into the dilemmas that confront communities of color in our twenty-first century reality. We invite award-winning authors and cultural creators Nalo Hopkinson and Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) to lead Book Festival audiences on a dizzying journey through recent technohistory to arrive at a critical framework suitable for analysing these strange and terrifying times in which we live.
Sunday, September 25
Medea Benjamin presents Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection
The peace activist and CODEPINK co-founder presents her new book exploring the persistent and perplexing alliance between the US and one of the most repressive countries in the Middle East, uncovering the hidden logic of national security that underlies our government’s perverse allegiance to one of the most important funders of international terrorism.
Bill Ayers presents Demand the Impossible!: A Radical Manifesto
In this new call to imagine—and fight for—a better world, social justice educator and firebrand activist Bill Ayers traces the outlines of a new possibilities beyond the regressive limits of the political status quo.
Knocking the Hustle/Policing the Planet: Lester Spence in conversation with Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton
JHU Political Science professor Lester Spence puts his pathbreaking analysis of neoliberalism and black politics, Knocking the Hustle, in conversation with the editors of the important new anthology Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.
Black Seeds: Tariq Touré and friends
The outspoken poet, Muslim activist, and West Baltimore native presents his debut collection of poems Black Seeds together with other voices from Baltimore’s insurgent literary community.
D. Watkins in conversation with Lawrence Burney
The author of the bestselling Baltimore coming of age memoir The Cook Up and The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America is joined by Lawrence Burney, creator of the essential Baltimore music and culture magazine True Laurels for a conversation on art and resistance in the midst of urban crisis.
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