9th Ave: Breaking Ground: Black British Writers

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm


Green Apple Books on the Park is proud to host Speaking Volumes' Breaking Ground tour.


Featuring readings by:


Bernardine Evaristo 
Colin Grant 
Diran Adebayo 
Gabriel Gbadamosi 
Jay Bernard 
Johny Pitts 
Karen McCarthy Woolf 
Nick Makoha 
Roger Robinson





About the Breaking Ground tour:


The Breaking Ground tour developed as a way to highlight the diversity of Black British writing, and includes people who write novels, poetry, plays, graphic stories, travelogues, non-fiction, essays, articles, short stories, reviews and more. It also includes people whose backgrounds may be Black British born and bred, Caribbean, African, African American, mixed race ... women and men of various generations and at different stages of their careers. All of whom have had little access to American readers and audiences — until now. 






An Aviary of Small Birds  By Karen McCarthy Woolf Cover Image
Temporarily Unavailable
ISBN: 9781906188146
Published: Oxford Poets - November 1st, 2014

An Aviary of Small Birds is both elegy to a stillborn son and testament to the redemptive qualities of poetry as a transformative art. The book opens at the birth, which paradoxically becomes the moment of death when, after a long labor and an emergency caesarean, the baby’s heart gives out.

Lost Collection of an Invisible Man (Mouthmark) By Nick Makoha Cover Image
ISBN: 9781905233038
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
Published: Flipped Eye Publishing Limited - June 30th, 2005

Nick Makoha's debut poetry pamphlet bristles with the energy and imagery of an epic imagination. The braggadocio of a child whose father is absent, the bravado of a child fleeing the only country and diet he knows and the reluctant tenderness of a young man in love all feature in the deck of cards he deals from. A first pamphlet of bewildering promise.

Mr. Loverman By Bernardine Evaristo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781617752728
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
Published: Akashic Books - April 1st, 2014

Winner of the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

Evaristo's confident control of the language, her vibrant use of humor, rhythm and poetry, and the realistic mix of Caribbean patois with both street and the Queen's English...fix characters in the reader's mind.
--New York Times Sunday Book Review

Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey By Colin Grant Cover Image
ISBN: 9780195393095
Availability: NOT on our shelves now. Usually ships from warehouse in several days.
(This book cannot be returned nor exchanged.)
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 2nd, 2010

New in paperback, this groundbreaking biography captures the full sweep and epic dimensions of Marcus Garvey's life, the dazzling triumphs and the dreary exile. As Grant shows, Garvey was a man of contradictions: a self-educated, poetry-writing aesthete and unabashed propagandist, an admirer of Lenin, and a dandy given to elaborate public displays.

Vauxhall By Gabriel Gbadamosi Cover Image
Temporarily Unavailable
ISBN: 9781846591464
Published: Telegram Books - September 9th, 2014

Vauxhall is written in the way that English should be written--clean, swift, and with flashes of lightning.--Bonnie Greer

A powerful novel . . . Gabadamosi describes with poetic rhythm a child's awakening in a violent, confusing London.--Daily Mail

Seven New Generation African Poets: A Chapbook boxed set By Kwame Dawes (Editor), Chris Abani (Editor), Tjawangwa Dema, Clifton Gachagua, Tsitsi Ella Jaji, Nick Makoha, Ladan Osman, Warsan Shire, Len Verwey Cover Image
Temporarily Unavailable
ISBN: 9781940646589
Published: Slapering Hol Press - April 15th, 2014

This eight-piece boxed set, an African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) project, features the work of seven African poets, with an introduction by Kwame Dawes, APBF series editor, and Chris Abani.

The boxed set is an annual project starting in 2014 to ensure the publication of seven chapbooks by African poets through participating publishers.

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