The brisk cold air and the light dusting of snow could not stop the over 400 people who came to see renowned two-time bestselling author Angie Thomas at the Rose Theatre last night in Toronto. Though the room was filled with both young and old book lovers of all backgrounds and ethnicities, Thomas made one thing clear, Black voices and Black stories matter.
In The Hate U Give we enter Starr’s world. She is the only witness to the shooting of an unarmed black boy, who also happens to be her childhood best friend. We are there from the start to the finish, from the shooting to the grand jury verdict and we observe and read each scene and experience a wave of emotions; shock, sadness, anger, defiance, hope, and hopelessness. All the while hoping that this will be the time when justice is finally served.
The struggles of Black Canadians who’ve paved the way for future generations must not be forgotten. During Black History Month we celebrate and remember the important contributions and achievements Black Canadians have made throughout history.
Four books by Black Canadian authors and illustrators are among the seventy books that are 2018 finalists for the prestigious Governor General’s Literary Awards (GGBooks).
Terry McMillan’s I Almost Forgot About You tells the story of Dr. Georgia Young, a successful optometrist, mother and grandmother, and a two-time divorcee.
Sherylee Honeyghan was halfway through her pregnancy when she learned that her baby’s left hand had not developed properly.
Robyn Maynard has spent most of her adult life documenting racist and gender-based violence against Black people in Canada, primarily in Montreal.
Written in 1993 by Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the 1993 National Book Circle Award for Fiction. Set in Bayonne, Louisiana between October 1947 and April 1948 it couldn’t be more relevant today.
Michele Tapp Roseman author of Hairlooms: The Untangled Truth About Loving Your Natural Hair and Beauty addresses and examines the challenges of black women in accepting their natural hair and beauty.