Busboys and Poets Book Review: Set the World on Fire

25 May, 2018



In this substantial entry into the history of Black radical politics, Keisha N. Blain uncovers the legion of Black women that made waves in the growing Black nationalist and Garveyite movements of the early Twentieth Century. Read more in our newest review by bookseller Dubian Ade.

Busboys and Poets Book Review: Anger is a Gift

18 May, 2018



Mark Oshiro’s contemporary YA fiction is an incredibly moving story about community, about love, and about taking a stand against prejudice and violence, even when it seems completely hopeless, and it is especially difficult to read. Read more in our newest review by Busboys and Poets Books Supervisor Laura Lannan.

Busboys and Poets Book Review: Young, Gifted, and Black

11 May, 2018



Bearing the same name as Nina Simone’s iconic song, “Young, Gifted, and Black” explores the lives of 52 black people, both past and present, who have helped shaped different aspects of black culture. Read more in our newest review by Takoma Bookstore Supervisor, Melanie Kates.

Busboys and Poets Book Review: Home.Girl.Hood.

7 May, 2018



There are rare literary moments when you can truly see an author shine beyond what they have set for you on the page. A sort of kinesthesia takes place as the characters and their stories move in such a compelling way that all five of your senses can’t help but be engaged and feel truly connected. In her second full length poetry collection, Home.Girl.Hood., Ebony Stewart reveals to us what these three words mean beyond the surface, with a depth and nuance as infinite as the many ways she manifests the pain, tragedies, and survival of queer Black Womxnhood that cannot – that will not – be denied. Read more in our newest review by Director of Poetry Events (DOPE) Pages Matam.

Busboys and Poets Books Review: Jim Brown, Last Man Standing

3 May, 2018



In an era when sports legends like Muhammad Ali and Bill Russell have been embraced by mainstream culture, Jim Brown remains an outlier, continuing to challenge preconceptions of what it means to be a black athlete and activist fighting social injustice. While his work mediating peace between warring gangs and his condemnation of the death penalty have been universally praised, his subsequent criticism of Colin Kaepernick and other young athletes pushing the boundaries of progressive politics in sports, as well as his decision to endorse President Donald Trump despite widespread accusations of racism, have sparked controversy amongst the sports community and left many to question Brown’s motives.

Read more in our newest review by Busboys and Poets Bookseller, Brett Finlayson.