Continuing Ferguson’s Literary History

[by Meredith Wiggins] After the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, staff and contributors of Avidly put together a list of texts that they called “Ferguson’s Literary History” – books, essays, and poems that offer context for the continuing climate of racism and racial violence in the United States. The list received renewed […]

From the HBW Archives: The Works of John A. Williams, Novelist and Journalist

[by Meredith Wiggins] Last year, HBW inaugurated the GEMS Project, an initiative designed to bring renewed critical interest to older, living African American authors who have received less scholarly attention in recent years than their works should merit.  The subject of HBW’s current GEMS Project is journalist and novelist John A. Williams.  We’re collaborating with Williams’s family to produce a tribute video that will feature […]