Panel honors James Baldwin

November 15, 2014 10:36 PM

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James Baldwin — author of such works as Go Tell it On The Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, The Fire Next Time — attended the first Miami Book Fair. This year, the fair pays tribute to the writer who confronted racial, sexual and class on the 90th anniversary of his birth with a special panel lead by poets Elizabeth Alexander and Claudia Rankine. The presentation, which will include poems and videos, will also include novelist Edwidge Danticat, scholars Jeff Chang and Jennifer DeVere Brody and poet Charles Hancock Rux.

“I teach him all the time; he infuses my own work,” says Rankine, who calls Baldwin “the Miles Davis of literature.”

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