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Library Matters is a podcast of Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) in Montgomery County, MD. Each episode we explore the world of books, libraries, technology, and learning. Library Matters is hosted by Julie Dina, Outreach Associate, Lauren Martino, Children's Librarian at our Silver Spring branch, and David Payne, Branch Manager of our Davis branch and Acting Branch Manager of our Potomac branch.  

Jan 30, 2019

Summary: Collection Management Library Associate Dianne Betsey and Silver Spring Librarian Christian Wilson talk about the history, development, and current state of African American literature. 

Recording Date: January 9, 2019

Guests: Dianne Betsey, a Library Associate in our Collection Management Department and leader of the Rockville Memorial Library African American book discussion group. Christian Wilson, Children's Librarian at Silver Spring Library.

Hosts: Lauren Martino

What Our Guests Are Reading

Dianne Betsey: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Christian Wilson: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Books and Other Media Mentioned During the Episode:

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

Cane River by Lalita Tademy

By Gaslight by Steven Price

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Douglass' Women by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

My Mother as I Recall Her by Rosetta Douglass Sprague

Native Son by Richard Wright

Passing by Nella Larsen

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

Push by Sapphire, the movie Precious is based on this book

Quicksand by Nella Larsen

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan, and its sequel Getting to Happy

Authors Mentioned During this Episode:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Edwidge Danticat

Ezra Jack Keats

Iceberg Slim

Nikki Giovanni

Sister Souljah

Omar Tyree

Alice Walker 

Other Items of Interest:

Rockville Memorial Library African American Book Discussion Group

Other African American books discussion groups at MCPL

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