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A Juneteenth Tribute to James Baldwin on Zoom
with authors James Campbell, Clifford Thompson, and Jewelle Gomez, co-sponsored by American Library in Paris



Cosponsored by American Library in Paris

James Baldwin's personal life and literary legacy are explored through his diverse life-long friendships and muses, his front-line political activism, and his cross-cultural connections and influences while living in Paris. This up close and intimate conversation includes British writer and former editor of the Times Literary Supplement James Campbell, author of Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin who knew Baldwin in Britain and Southern France, Brooklyn based writer/essayist Clifford Thompson, What It Is: Race, Family and One Thinking Black Man's Blues and host Bay Area writer/poet and playwright Jewelle Gomez, Waiting for Giovanni.


James Campbell is the author of This Is the Beat Generation: New York, San Francisco, Paris, Exiled in Paris: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett and Others on the Left Bank, and Invisible Country: A Journey through Scotland, and was for many years an editor and columnist at the Times Literary Supplement in London.

Clifford Thompson’s work has appeared in publications including The Best American Essays 2018, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Threepenny Review, and Village Voice. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award for nonfiction and teaches at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Bennington Writing Seminars. He is the author of Twin of Blackness: A Memoir, Love for Sale and other Essays, Signifying Nothing: A Novel and recently, What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo credit: Kate Slininger)  

Jewelle Gomez playwright, novelist, poet and cultural worker is the author of eight books including the first Black Lesbian vampyre novel, The Gilda Stories. Her trilogy of plays about African American artists in the first half of the 20th century, Waiting for Giovanni, Leaving the Blues, and Unpacking in P'Town was commissioned by New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco where she is playwright-in-residence. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @VampyreVamp. (Photo credit: Irene Young)



Please note that the World Literature Book Group will be reading Baldwin's Giovanni's Room for a book discussion on June 9 at 7:00 - 8:15 pm on Zoom.

For more information on the World Literature Book Group's discussion of Giovanni's Room, click here.


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