Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing” as Want to Read:
The Word: Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

by
4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2011)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Word, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Word

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 135)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Rowena
“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...more
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
Heather
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: http://btweenthecovers.com/2011/04/15...
Andre
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
Andre
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.
Christie
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.
Iva
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.
Sonsyrea
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.
Tracy
Truly inspirational! A wealth of knowledge and a list of books to add to my readings.
Navi
Navi marked it as to-read
Oct 04, 2014
Oku Dotwana
Oku Dotwana marked it as to-read
Sep 30, 2014
Yanira
Yanira marked it as to-read
Sep 26, 2014
Deb
Deb marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2014
Lydia
Lydia marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2014
Marie Donaldson
Marie Donaldson marked it as to-read
Jun 26, 2014
Karimi
Karimi marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2014
Bethany
Bethany marked it as to-read
Jun 08, 2014
Shannon
Shannon marked it as to-read
May 29, 2014
Cocobuks
Cocobuks marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2014
ashley wenyeve
ashley wenyeve marked it as to-read
Apr 23, 2014
The Kid
The Kid marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2014
Richael Faithful
Richael Faithful marked it as to-read
Mar 14, 2014
Vicki
Vicki marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Don't Play in the Sun: One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex Migrations of the Heart After: A Novel Long Distance Life Skin Deep: Black Women & White Women Write About Race

Share This Book