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How to Make a Great Book Party

What makes a great book party? In this encore edition of the Morning Media Menu, we interviewed author Evan Hughes about his new book, Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life.

Press play below to listen on SoundCloud. While introducing some of the great Brooklyn novelists featured in his literary history, Hughes also shared the secret behind his headline-making book party in Brooklyn. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

I wanted it be as social as possible–not to have people sit still and behave for too long. People want to mingle with the friends they came with. The party was two hours, but I really made an effort to keep the readings and the entertainment to a 30-minute period. I brought other writers into it. Two other writers who also lived in Brooklyn, Touré and Michael Thomas, both read selections from Brooklyn literature.

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Toure Tackles Watermelon, Fried Chicken and Post-Blackness in New Book

In his new book, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?, noted journalist and author Toure says he wanted to explore “what it means to be Black now.” And, no, “post-Blackness” is not the same as “post-racial.”

“Post-racial suggests a world where race does not exist and racism does not exist, and it’s a completely ridiculous term… With post-Blackness, what I’m talking about is a conception of Blackness where the identity options are infinite. So, we’re not saying THIS is what it is to be Black,” he explained in the second installment of our Media Beat interview.

“There seems to be this conception that Blackness must stay in the hood as if Blackness is milk, and the hood is the refrigerator. And the further away you get from the refrigerator, it will spoil. And you go to Yale for four years, somehow you have lost your Blackness, as opposed to if you go to jail for 10 years, your Blackness is hardened?”

In the book, he even asks noted Black academics, celebrities, and activists the best question ever (yes, I said it) about a huge stereotype: “Would you eat watermelon in a room full of white people?”

Watch the full video to find out how ?uestlove of The Roots and Rev. Jesse Jackson answered.

You can also view this video on YouTube.

Part 1: Toure Lights Up the Twittersphere with a Debate on… Tipping?

Part 3: Toure on Pitching, Getting Assignments, and That R. Kelly Interview