Wednesday, February 22, 2012

African American Read In

Each February The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor presents a Read In of African American Literature.  Last February the read in took place at Canios Books Sag Harbor as the library prepared to close for repairs and expansion (the Library has re-located to temporary quarters at 34 West Water St. Sag Harbor).   

The readers were Catherine Creedon of the John Jermain library, Carol Spencer, Mikal Gohring and Pamela Kalamanis.  Music was provided by singer and poet, Terry Sullivan. 

Here are some sources for the work read on this program:

Virginia Hamilton’s collection of folk tales “The People Could Fly” was published in 1985 by Knopf and is distributed by Random House.  More children’s literature by Virginia Hamilton can be found at 

The Complete Writings of Phyllis Wheatley, edited by Vincent Carretta was published by Penquin Classics in 2001.
A compilation The Essential Etheridge Knight was published in 1986 by the University of Pittsburgh Press

James Baldwin’s essay “The Price of the Ticket: Collected NonFiction 1948-1985 
was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1985. 
The voice of James Baldwin on today’s program is from the video: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket produced by California Newsreels. It is available on the internet from 

*** Another Read-In of African American literature co-sponsored by the John Jermain Library and Canios Cultural Café is scheduled for Saturday February at 5 PM at Canios Books, 290 Main Street Sag Harbor. Please bring a short excerpt of your favorite work by an African America author: fiction, poetry, non-fiction are welcome. You do not need to read to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the reading. Call 631.725.4926 to sign-in to read.***

**** Last February East End Ink presented “Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement” with author  Patricia Sullivan and a reading of “Freedom’s Plow” by Langston Hughes.  Listen to last February's program here