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AMIRI BARAKA

Tales of the Out and Gone (Akashic Books)

Controversial literary legend Amiri Baraka's (formerly known as
LeRoi Jones) new short story collection will
shock and awe.

"What can be said about Baraka's work that would be new? That the energy is
unremitting, the focus unwavering, the anger burning into a crystal rage,
the questions disquieting and unnervingly raw? Perhaps that there is also
tenderness here, something like light breathing on a New York street. In
this groundbreaking collection of stories--vintage, new, and previously
unseen--the words don't play nice, they demand that you listen, and you do
and you are glad for it."
--CHRIS ABANI, author of Becoming Abigail and GraceLand

AMIRI BARAKA is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and
nonfiction. He was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey by the New Jersey
Commission on Humanities, from 2002�2004. His last two books of poetry,
Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems and Un Poco Low Coup, received
tremendous critical acclaim. He and his wife, Amina Baraka, have run the
arts space Kimako's Blues People in Newark for the past fifteen years. In
2001, Mr. Baraka was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
He also won the James Weldon Johnson medal for outstanding contribution to
the Arts.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:30pm