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#ReadingBlackout: 28 Books by Black Women for Black History Month

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. This February, in honor of Black History Month, readers are participating in #readingblackout, a movement started by BookTuber Denise D. Cooper that encourages readers to exclusively pick up books by black authors. The Bookish team couldn’t resist joining in, and since we can’t get enough of books written by talented women, we put together a recommendation list featuring 28 books (one for each day of February) written by black women. You’re sure to find a few familiar covers on this list, but we hope you also find some new reads for your TBR pile. We’d love to hear about the books you’re reading for #readingblackout. Tell us about them in the comments! We were so taken with Here…

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Event Review: Award-Winning Novelist Yaa Gyasi Talks About Finding Home with Students at University of Michigan

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On Tuesday, February 6, Yaa Gyasi, author of the award-winning novel, Homegoing was part of a panel at the 2018 Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture at the University of Michigan. The event, Homegoing: A Conversation with Yaa Gyasi was structured as a conversational, Q&A format between University of Michigan professors Gaurav Desai and Aida Levy-Hussen and the author herself. I read Homegoing a few months prior to this event and I loved it, so I was excited to to see author Yaa Gyasi in person and listen to her speak about hr book and life as a writer. Gyasi is somewhat soft-spoken, but has a sense of humor and warmth about her that instantly makes you feel comfortable, like talking with…

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TED Talk: Safwat Saleem Urges You to Find Your Voice — Plus, a Helpful Book List

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Finding a voice to fit your identity is never easy. However, artist, designer and animator Safwat Saleem, had a particularly difficult time, struggling with anxiety about his childhood stutter. In this thought-provoking, heartfelt and adorably animated talk from TED 2016, Saleem describes how he overcame his struggle to incorporate his voice into his artwork, not only through childhood, but in the face of rude YouTube commenters who ridiculed his Pakistani accent as an adult. Instead of letting ill-mannered commenters keep him from using his own voice in his work, Saleem rather unpacks the reasons behind those comments: differing definitions of “normality” that lead to preconceived notions. Saleem resolves to use his art to challenge those preconceived notions, which is about…

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