Black History Authors
In 1996, Black History Month was celebrated by the government of Canada for the first time. Cabinet member Jean Augustine, the first black woman to be elected to Canadian Parliament, led the charge, introducing a motion in December 1995 to formally recognize the month-long celebration. Her motion was passed unanimously.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, we've asked some of Canada's finest writers to shine the spotlight on young black authors to watch. Scroll down to see their picks, or
1. George Elliott Clarke recommends Adebe DeRango-Adem Left: Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke visits q (Photo Credit: Fabiola Carletti/CBC). Right: Adebe DeRango-Adem was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize for her poetry collection, Ex Nihilo.
She writes under the name, "Adebe D.A."
She be the MC of Mischievous Consciousness, the
DJ of Damning Justice, the DA of Determined Accounting.
She knows there was a Marine Holocaust - a fire on the water -
that was the African Slave Trade, a Crime Against Humanity
that remains unpunished and unreparationed. She names -
has got to name - the bloody acts, the ruddy facts - of the
oppressors and their isms. The "Terra Incognita" that remains -
the remains - that she explores? Slave cemeteries, African
villages, Southern sites of KKK Terrorism.Here's a poetry after
Amiri Baraka, after Kamau Brathwaite, after Wayde Compton,
that prefers Fanon to Obama, that unveils the "Negress" in
"nigrescence, " the "Mulatta" in "malleable, " the "bloody root"
that bears "Strange Fruit." Gotta love this wide-ranging riffing
on defiant definitions of unspeakable histories and unspoken
hardships. There's "bones and stink" - Yeatsian - in this jazz;
there's "Pythagorean gore" - Nietzschian - in this blues. Damn
it all to Hell: Yo's face-to-face, eardrum-and-eye-flute, with
Pan-African, verbal voodoo, here, folks: Transformative!
2. Esi Edugyan recommends Chigozie Obioma
Left: Esi Edugyan won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for her novel Half-Blood Blues
Chigozie Obioma's exquisite first novel is mythic in its implications. Set in small-town Nigeria in the 1990s, it follows Benjamin, one of four brothers living in Akura. They spend most of their days fishing at the Omi-Ala River. One afternoon, they meet a local outcast. He knows one of the brothers' names, though he has never before met them. Ranting, he delivers a terrible prophecy: the eldest of them will be killed by one of his brothers. Are these the ravings of a madman, or will such a tragedy actually come to pass? And if it does, who will be the killer?
dazzles as both allegory and political commentary - above all, though, it is virtuosic storytelling. It is a fine beginning in what promises to be a great career.
3. Lawrence Hill recommends Craig Shreve
Left: The Illegal, is in the running for Canada Reads 2016. He's chairing the jury for the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Right: Chatham-based author Craig Shreve is the author of One Night in Mississippi (CraigShreve.com).
I recommend by author Craig Shreve. He writes swiftly, competently, engagingly about important issues.
4. Austin Clarke recommends David Chariandy The Polished Hoe Soucouyant.
In his first novel, , David Chariandy established his literary prowess. I'm proud by his brilliant declaration of talent as a young black writer in his upcoming (2017) novel, Brother. It shows the literary genius of the novelist to watch. I welcome his success as a powerful Canadian author.
5. Pamela Mordecai recommends Vladimir Lucien
Red Jacket (Dundurn Press). Right: Vladimir Lucien has published a critically acclaimed poetry collection entitled Sounding Ground (Twitter).
Vladimir Lucien is a 28-year-old St. Lucian poet whose first collection of poetry, , won Trinidad's 2015 OCM BOCAS Prize. His poems are hefty, accomplished and underived, rooted in the Creole cultures [sic - there are two] of his home island, enjoying its orality and deploying its languages with aplomb. And - eureka! - the poems have none of the determined inaccessibility that discourages the ordinary reader. If one of these days he finds himself, like Yevtushenko, reading poems to arenas filled with thousands, I won't be surprised.blog topics blog to blog tv blog titles blog templates free blog themes blog url blog updates blog ui blog ux blog url ideas blog username ideas blog unity blog universal orlando blog vs vlog blog vs website blog vs article blog vs podcast blog vs newsletter blog vault blog vs youtube blog videos blog websites blog writing blog websites free blog writer blog writing examples blog writing jobs blog website builder blog writer jobs blog xcaret blog xml blog xbox blog xd template blog xiaomi blog xanga blog xamarin blog xero blog youtube blog youversion blog yepp me scam blog ynab blog yelp blog young living blog yellow blog young house love blog zoom blog z apetytem blog zanquetta blog zox blog zen habits blog zendesk blog zemmour blog zinhof blog about me blog about anxiety blog about food blog about me page blog about covid blog about love blog after college