The Fire This Time

The Fire This Time

A New Generation Speaks About Race

Book - 2016
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"Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this ... collection of essays and poems about race from ... voices of her generation and our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501126345
Characteristics: viii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ward, Jesmyn - Editor


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A year after the seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin's death, National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward took comfort in James Baldwin's "The Fire Next Time." Inspired by Baldwin's essay, Ward invited some of the most stellar writers of color of her generation for an anthology of essa... Read More »

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Mar 26, 2017

Great collection of contemporary essays and poems about race, blackness, and America. Good for history and collective understanding. Inspirational

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jan 12, 2017

I love Jesmyn Ward so when I saw a new book with her name on it, there was no question I would read it, and the fact that it examines race, well, all the better. As expected, this one did not disappoint either. She did a wonderful job of assembling a wide variety of essays- from a reexamination of Phyllis Wheatley to a dissection of Outkast lyrics. Highly recommended. Highly necessary.

Nov 29, 2016

Goodness Gracious me!! A book that speaks to so many themes and perpetuations and diamonds of my people. We have to determine what we will do next. We have to motivate and support ourselves. A beautiful testimony and tribute of all that Fire can do.

Oct 10, 2016

Definitely a good read. Some of the essays seem to have carried more weight and meaning to me but this book offers some great commentary in light of the current events our nation is trying to reconcile.

Sep 13, 2016

Ward divides The Fire This Time into three sections: Legacy, Reckoning, and Jubilee. But as she admits in the introduction, the pieces she received resisted the tidy structure she had envisioned. In some respects, this speaks to the complexity of the pieces, which refuse to be confined to past events or present reactions, but delve into the nuanced relationship between history and current events. Most of the pieces are essays, but each of the three sections begins with a more stylized piece or poem, such as Clint Smith’s striking “Queries of Unrest” in which he makes a metaphor of the fact that in school, he was taught never to write in the margins, even though he was marginalized. Full review:

LPL_KateG Aug 10, 2016

I highly, highly, highly (highly!) recommend getting on the holds list for this. Jesmyn Ward is an author I already liked, and she has edited a truly wonderful collection of essays. There is a fantastic variety of voices and topics, each speaking to the experiences of black Americans. I've found a few new authors-to-watch in this collection! If you liked "Citizen" by Claudia Rankine, "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and/or "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin, pick this up!


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Sep 13, 2016

Following the death of Trayvon Martin, only the latest in a long history of black deaths excused by the state, Jesamyn Ward turned to Twitter to raise her voice. She “needed words” in the face of this tragedy, but “the ephemera of Twitter, the way the voices of the outraged public rose and sank so quickly,” left her disappointed, and looking for more. The medium’s immediacy, so powerful and important in the heat of the moment, lacked permanency. So she turned to the work of James Baldwin, and from there reached out to gather the voices of a new generation of writers on race in America today. The result is this collection of seventeen essays and poems by writers as various as Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, Garnette Cadogan, Daniel José Older, Edwidge Danticat, and Honorée Fannon Jeffers.


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Sep 13, 2016

To Trayvon Martin and the many other black men, women, and children who have died and been denied justice these last four hundred years.


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