The 2017 National Book Awards finalists list has come out and among the twenty finalists is Wesleyan University Press’ Shane McCrae with his book, In the Language of My Captor, which came out this past March. In The Language of My Captor is a captivating must-read new book of poetry, breaking down socialized and elitist conceptions of grammar and calling out the United States’ racial tensions through McCrae’s own childhood as a half-white, half-black boy. Borrowing sociohistorical and cultural references to blackness and mixed race relations in U.S. history, the book forces readers into the discomfort of listening to themselves and their ancestors speak.
You can read the official press release from Wesleyan Univeristy Press after the jump:
For the historically minded:
Dione Longley will speak about Heroes for All Time, the book she co-authored with Buck Zaidel using soldiers’ letters and diaries and written accounts by nurses, doctors, soldiers’ families, and volunteers on the home front to vividly portray the war through their moving stories. The book includes hundreds of outstanding period photographs, most previously unpublished.
Dione graduated from Wesleyan with a BA in American Studies in 1982. She was director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown for 20 years. Now a public historian and writer, she resides in Higganum with her husband and two daughters.
Heroes for All Time is available from Wesleyan University Press, and will also be for sale by Broad Street Books at the event. If you would like us to reserve a book for you, or any other information about the event, please emaillibfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Place: Develin Room, 2nd floor, Olin Library