I’m excited the paperback edition of Red Summer is set for publication on July 3. St. Martin’s Griffin has kept the excellent cover, with the addition of some review blurbs.
Pre-order the paperback here.
Thanks to Tamora Pierce, author of a trove of popular young adult fantasy novels, for recommending Red Summer as one of her favorite adult books of 2011. Check out her other recommendations here. Check your her own website here.
I just visited New Orleans and on the edge of the Bywater neighborhood I came across this historic marker to Homer Plessyy and his failed effort in 1892 to challenge Jim Crow. Mr. Plessy, the member of a group of New Orleans citizens opposed to segregation, purposely challenged a city ordinance requiring blacks and whites to sit in separate cars on trolleys. The subsequent court case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, with Plessy and supporters arguing the segregation was a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Plessy’s challenge of Jim Crow failed, but it was a powerful early effort to bring down institutional segregation in the American South.
For the U.S. Supreme Court decision and more, click here.
Engaging discussion at the A.C.T.O.R talk about Red Summer at Busboys & Poets last Sunday. Lots of great questions and commentary from the many who came. It also was good to meet owner Andy Shallal, who sat in, and Pamela Pinnock, who organizes the “A Continuing Talk About Race” talks.
The community space/restaurant/bookstore is a rarity in Washington and in the country. Next time you are in D.C., be sure to check out one of their locations. I spoke at the main Busboys & Poets branch on 14th Street, not far from where major violence erupted during the riot of 1919.
Before the talk.