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UPCOMING EVENTS

Reading James Baldwin Now: Gabrielle Bellot on If Beale Street Could Talk
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
6:00 pm ET

First published to a mixed reception in 1974, James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk has undergone a marked critical reappraisal in recent years, aided in part by its inclusion in the 2015 Library of America volume James Baldwin: Later Novels and by the Barry Jenkins film adaptation in 2018.

In the latest installment of the LOA Live series “Reading James Baldwin Now,” Literary Hub staff writer Gabrielle Bellot will discuss why she believes Beale Street, which centers on an act of police misconduct but is also a Black love story, deserves to be read as Baldwin’s masterpiece—a major work that speaks directly to present-day concerns.
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PAST EVENTS

Poet of the People: The Greatness of Langston Hughes
(February 18, 2021)

American Democracy: The Task Before Us
(January 27, 2021)

Peanuts at 70, with Sarah Boxer, Jonathan Lethem, Clifford Thompson, and Chris Ware, moderated by Andrew Blauner
(December 16, 2020)

The Genius of Hemingway: Robert W. Trogdon, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein
(December 2, 2020)

The Nineteenth Amendment Turns 100: A New Look at the History of Women’s Suffrage, with Susan Ware and Stefanie Peters
(November 19, 2020; video not available)

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, with Ruth Franklin, Francine Prose, and John Guare
(October 29, 2020)

The Paranoid Style in American Politics: Revisiting Richard Hofstadter in the Time of Trump, with Sean Wilentz, Eric Foner, Arlie Hochschild, and Ira Katznelson
(October 13, 2020)

Reading James Baldwin Now: Eddie Glaude Jr., on “The White Man’s Guilt”
(September 23, 2020)

Thirteen Days: Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of Presidential Succession, with Ted Widmer
(September 10, 2020)

It’s a New World, Golde: Classic American Musicals in the 21st Century
(August 26, 2020)

The Fate of the Earth: Jonathan Schell and His Legacy
(August 6, 2020)

Who Tells Your Story: Joanne B. Freeman on Hamilton and History
(July 28, 2020)

Reading James Baldwin Now: Darryl Pinckney on No Name in the Street
(July 16, 2020)

Reading James Baldwin Now: Farah Jasmine Griffin on “Sonny’s Blues”
(June 25, 2020)

Harold Bloom and the American Canon from Emerson to Toni Morrison, with David Mikics
(June 16, 2020)

What Is American Conservatism?, with Andrew J. Bacevich and Sean Wilentz
(June 4, 2020)

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