Saturday, February 5, 2022

Spring reading selection: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's Friday Black

Alright, over the next couple of months, about 300 African American students will join me as we read Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's collection of short stories Friday Black (2018). I've heard and read good things about the book, so I'm looking forward to covering it with students. 

I've run this online reading group for more than ten years now. We've covered a wide range of books over the years. Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, Sarah Lewis's The Rise, Clive Thompson's Smarter Than You Think, and more than two dozen other titles. 

Last semester, I divided the students into three groups. Two of the groups read Rion Amiclar Scott's The World Doesn't Require You (2019), and one group read Nafissa Thompson-Spires's Heads of the Colored People (2018). 

For this semester, I decided to get everyone on the same page, so to speak. So we're all covering Friday Black together. I'll keep you posted on how it goes. 

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