Clint Smith and Dr. Eve L. Ewing for HOW THE WORD IS PASSED

Loyalty is thrilled to partner with Prince George's County Memorial Library System in celebrating the launch of How the Word Is Passed with Clint Smith and Dr. Eve L. Ewing!! This event will be held digitally and is viewable on PGMLS's youtube channel or facebook page. Click here to register for the event via Eventbrite. You can preorder the book from Loyalty to snag a signed copy or you can borrow a copy from PGCMLS. ASL interpretations and live captions will be provided.

ABOUT THE BOOK

"We need this book." Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to be an Anti-Racist

The Atlantic staff writer and poet Clint Smith's revealing, contemporary portrait of America as a slave owning nation


Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.

It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation–turned–maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers.

A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.

Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith’s debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent. The book won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He has received fellowships from New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. Born and raised in New Orleans, he received his B.A. in English from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in Education from Harvard University. 

ABOUT THE IN CONVERSATION PARTNER

Eve L. Ewing is assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She is the author of Electric Arches, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Atlantic, Washington Post, and many other venues. She was born in Chicago, where she still lives.
 

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Event date: 
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:00pm
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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

Counting Descent Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938912658
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - August 1st, 2016

1919 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781608465989
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 11th, 2019

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780226526164
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 10th, 2020