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The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing

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Critically acclaimed Black writers reveal how books have shaped their personal lives—in often unexpected ways.

In these thirteen strikingly candid interviews, bestselling authors, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and writers picked by Oprah’s Book Club discuss how the acts of reading and writing have deeply affected their lives by expanding the conceptual borders of their com
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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“The symbiotic relationship between reading and writing is a cornerstone of our individual intellectual journeys and our educational system. We write as an act of self-expression. We read because language renders unto us the vitality of real and imagined experience.” - Marita Golden

An excellent book, a collection of 13 (14 if you count the editor’s) interviews of prolific black (African-American, African and Caribbean) writers, men and women whose writing covers a wide range (poetry, fiction, n
Leslie Reese
This book came out in 2011, but I just discovered it. Hallelujah! Book lover, esteemed author and editor of several books, educator, and co-founder of the [Zora Neale Hurston]Hurston/[Richard] Wright Foundation---Marita Golden is the interviewer and editor of this collection of 13 writers from the African diaspora talking about how reading and writing have impacted their lives. (In the introduction Marita Golden writes about her own background as a reader and writer, and shares her list of influ ...more
This is a fantastic book. Marita Golden asked great questions, not only about reading and writing, but also about the state of education in our country and the recent decline in reading for pleasure. All of the writers she interviewed have inspirational stories to tell; inspirational not only for young people, but for adults, too. My full review can be seen on my book blog:
A great book for readers and writers alike. If you want to be inspired to write, listen to some of these great writers. And if you want to be inspired to read, hear what these authors say about the power of reading. I thank Ms. Golden for crafting such a book. To hear such writers talk about the transformative power of reading, and the inspirations they received from the printed word is refreshing. Im sure as you read through the interviews some of the responses will mirror the average readers b ...more
The interview format in this book made it a pleasure to read. The dominating thought while reading this book was 'If it makes you happy, do it.' I have been extremely critical of myself. Over-analyzing is a repeated barrier in taking a hold of life. Instead of enjoying these journeys, I've always questioned myself 'Why do I love to read so much?' and 'Why should a begin writing?' Golden's interviewees have implied that these activities can expand the human soul and enhance all that you're doing. ...more
Joshunda Sanders
This is a great read with some of my favorite writers and journalists, including Edward P. Jones and Wil Haygood. It's great to hear them talk about the importance of reading and writing, either in tandem or just for the sake of loving the written word. My favorite thing about picking this up was that I stumbled across it at the library, and almost all of the writers mention their love for libraries, which they talk about as sacred spaces. The chapters end with great book recommendations, too.
I could not stop reading this book. The power of the written word, as discussed by some of the leading Black fiction and non-fiction writers, including Nikki Giovanni and the late John Hope Franklin. I felt like it was my story being told-their love of books, libraries, the written word, the drive and *need* to read. It was refreshing. I am definitely passing this book along-it needs to be widely read.
Excellent collection of contemporary writers who share insights into their writing life. Quite a few of them came to love reading (and writing)not as children, but a bit later. A variety of backgrounds--some came from homes with books and stimulation--and others found it outside of the home. Golden usually holds interviews either in their homes or nearby and each one is a gem.
I loved the title because it attests to a recent transformation I experienced through reading and writing. Once I got a copy of the book I was completely in love. The interviews give access to some of my favorite writers and sometimes I felt like I was sitting there with them. I loved the Q&A format for its quickness and convenience.
Truly inspirational! A wealth of knowledge and a list of books to add to my readings.
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