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Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Launch Feb. 8!

I'm launching my blog with notice of my BOOK LAUNCH PARTY on Wednesday, February 8, at 6:30 pm at the Thompson Room of the Barker Center (110 Quincy Street) at Harvard University.  All are welcome!

This should be a great event: there will be a public conversation between me and Grace Chen, a Harvard undergrad, then general conversation followed by a reception.  This event is generously co-sponsored by the Harvard Foundation, the Program of Studies in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and the Department of African and African American Studies.  Here's a link to the facebook page:

Do come to the book launch!  And please do come back to my blog.  I'll post all the events relating to my book.  Upcoming events include radio interviews, the Robert M. Gay Memorial Lecture at Simmons College, a reading at The Drama Book Shop in New York, and a "show and tell" at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Connecticut, where I'll be showing and talking about 19th-century material culture relating to Uncle Tom's Cabin.  Come dig into the archive with me.


  1. Nice Blog start. Wish I could be at your release event. I just thought of you, as my students in my black masculinities class are talking about "innocence"as Baldwin discusses it in Fire Next Time. I am certain you know this--where he discusses innocence as a device to not only enable white racism, but to also make natural white abuses of black men.

    1. Hi, Jeff. Thanks for being the first to comment on my blog! I don't cite Baldwin in the book (FNT falls just outside the temporal parameters), but I just went back and looked at my copy--and discovered that I had highlighted the section you mention. I think Baldwin influenced me quite a bit.