Monday, February 28, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page
Left Bank Books welcomes Contributing Editor for Book Riot & Washington University in St. Louis Alumni
Jessica P. Pryde,
who will discuss their "anthology that collects a refreshingly wide variety of perspectives on Black love"
Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on February 28th.
Pryde will be in conversation with YA and Adult author of the recently released I'm So (Not) Over You
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About our Speakers
Jessica Pryde is a Contributing Editor for Book Riot, where she is the co-host of the When In Romance podcast and writes about bookish things of all kinds. Having earned an AB in the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis and her MLIS at San Jose State University, she is now a librarian for a public library system in Southern Arizona, where she lives with her husband and an ever-growing collection of Funko!Pops. Black Loves Matter is her first book.
Kosoko Jackson was born and raised in the DC Metro Area, and recently changed from a life obsessed with domestic politics to a life obsessed with international politics, which is different and the same all at the same time.
About Black Love Matters: Real Talk on Romance, Being Seen, and Happily Ever Afters
An incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators, edited by Book Riot columnist and librarian Jessica Pryde.
Romantic love has been one of the most essential elements of storytelling for centuries. But for Black people in the United States and across the diaspora, it hasn't often been easy to find Black romance joyfully showcased in entertainment media. In this collection, revered authors and sparkling newcomers, librarians and academicians, and avid readers and reviewers consider the mirrors and windows into Black love as it is depicted in the novels, television shows, and films that have shaped their own stories. Whether personal reflection or cultural commentary, these essays delve into Black love now and in the past, including topics from the history of Black romance to social justice and the Black community to the meaning of desire and desirability.
Exploring the multifaceted ways love is seen--and the ways it isn't--this diverse array of Black voices collectively shines a light on the power of crafting happy endings for Black lovers.
Jessica Pryde is joined by Carole V. Bell, Sarah Hannah Gomez, Jasmine Guillory, Da'Shaun Harrison, Margo Hendricks, Adriana Herrera, Piper Huguley, Kosoko Jackson, Nicole M. Jackson, Beverly Jenkins, Christina C. Jones, Julie Moody-Freeman, and Allie Parker in this collection.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/2021):
An anthology that collects a refreshingly wide variety of perspectives on Black love. In her first book, Pryde, a librarian, contributing editor to Book Riot, and co-host of the When in Romance podcast, sets out to discuss often overlooked narratives regarding the joyfulness of Black love. "For more than 400 years," she writes in the introduction, "people of African descent have been treated abysmally in many nations of the world....Yet, whether free or enslaved, Black people throughout history have been able to find romantic love--regardless of their ability to marry--both inside and outside their own communities." Over the course of a dozen essays, the contributors confront the absence of faces and stories like theirs. As they show, telling the truth about Black love is fraught with obstacles, and misconceptions about interest in Black experiences abound. "According to Pew Research," writes Pryde, "the person most likely to read a book in the United States is a college-educated Black woman." However, essayists highlight their experiences with publishers who tell them their work won't sell. Others lay bare the tradition of the White-centered nature of most romance novels--and novels in general. In "Romance Has Broken My Dichotomous Key," Sarah Hannah Gomez writes, "I'm biracial, black/white, Chicana, adopted, Jewish. That's a lot of things, and I didn't see myself in a lot of books growing up." A theme of persistence emerges: Black writers must tell these stories no matter what, whether it involves self-publishing a book or designing a college course on Black love. The refreshing intersectionality of the book is reflected in such essays as "Finding Queer Black Women in Romance," "Writing in the Gaps: Black Latinx in Romance," and "Interracial Romance and the Single Story." The text also includes a list of relevant, recommended books, movies, and TV shows. Readers will come away with a robust education in Black love and literature. COPYRIGHT(2021) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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