WHEN RACE BECOMES REAL

Black and White Writers Confront Their Personal Histories

PEEK INSIDE THE BOOK...

Audio Clips
Selected writers read from their essays
Reviews
Sample Chapter
The story that started the book
Bernestine's Magazine Articles
Sometimes even your best efforts go unrewarded.
In 1998 we saw the Garden of Eden.
In 1999, reality hadn't yet trumped hope.
Bernestine in Literary Journals
Mix evidence and prejudice with a jury, then stir.
Why bother with the facts when it's so easy to keep believing the hype?
Sun isn't the only thing that sets stuff on fire.
You're never too young to learn the hard lessons of desire.
Bernestine in Other Anthologies
When the thing you most fear finally happens, then what?
Some of my best friends are white. Some aren't.
A piece of Texas fiction...or is it?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
When Race Becomes Real

Come celebrate with Dallas Millennials & Elders
on Juneteenth 2014 as we launch
When Race Becomes Real:
"The Next Generation Speaks"



When Race Becomes Real:
"The Next Generation Speaks..."


...continues the provocative, intelligent, exciting race conversation we have kept going daily, nonstop-- in the US and abroad--with live audiences for more than a decade!

Thursday, 19 June 2014, 7:00-9:00 PM
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
215 South Tyler Street, Dallas, TX 75208
214-948-0716 tecotheater.org
$15 in advance, $20 at the door (plus service fee)


The first of its kind...the best of its kind...BACK AGAIN!

(Southern Illinois University Press 2008 2d edition)




In this invigorating, shocking, and inspiring book, thirty of America's most talented writers step from behind the curtain of objectivity to turn the race spotlight on themselves.

Instead of tiptoeing around the subject, they bare their souls and tell the truth in essays never published before.

WHEN RACE BECOMES REAL is the first book to reveal what it really means to be black--and to be white--in the twenty-first century. The result is riveting.

AWARDS & KUDOS


Outstanding Academic Title 2004

Outstanding Book Award 2003

Top of the List Editors' Choice 2002

Best Nonfiction 2002


See award details below...


CRITICS UNANIMOUSLY AGREE


To HEAR what caused the following rave reviews, CLICK any link below and LISTEN to essays from WHEN RACE BECOMES REAL read by the folks who wrote them.

"A searing collection . . . All the essays are first-rate."
—Washington Post


“Fertile with inside stories, Singley has assembled… a collection of depositions on [race] from black and white writers."
–Newsday

"Rich in individual insights."
—Booklist


"When Race Becomes Real goes deeper than most."
—Louisville Courier-Journal


"A mesmerizing book....Refreshingly honest."
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


"This book captures plenty."
—St. Louis Post-Dispatch


"Gripping. . . . one of the most essential commentaries on race and identity to date."
—Black Issues Book Review


"Powerful, raw reading."
—Austin American-Statesman

"They keep it real."
—The Hartford Courant


"A compelling and inspiring collection."
-Teaching Tolerance Magazine

“Distinguished writers…bare their souls…in a rare book that ought to be in every home and library in the country."
–Choice Magazine


"More than an eye-opening and intriguing read."
—Lee Stringer, author of GRAND CENTRAL WINTER and SLEEPAWAY SCHOOL


"The voices are elevating, the writing superb."
—Mary Kay Blakely, author of AMERICAN MOM: Motherhood, Politics and Humble Pie

"This powerful book—entertaining, arresting—will give you plenty to want to defend and protect."
—Al Young, poet/​novelist/​essayist


"Highly readable and extremely important."
—Mimi Abramovitz, author of REGULATING THE LIVES OF WOMEN: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times To the Present

2004 OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE

(Choice Magazine:
Current Reviews for Academic Libraries)


2003 OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD

(Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America)



2002 TOP OF THE LIST EDITORS' CHOICE

(Booklist)



"A COMPELLING AND INSPIRING COLLECTION."

(Teaching Tolerance)



BEST NONFICTION OF 2002

(Black Issues Book Review)


1st Edition (2002) Collector's Copy



A few copies of the 1st Edition are still left. So what, right?

Well, lover of books, student of American history, avid fan of all things black and American, look at it like this: If you had purchased James Baldwin's "Go Tell It on the Mountain" in 1957 when it was first published and if you still had it, you'd be holding a $3,995 book now.

Am I comparing my work to Baldwin's? Apparently. Nor am I the first.

Think...heirloom, priceless legacy, truly worth having..

Anyway, you can drop your great-great grandma's crystal goblet and it's gone. Books don't break.







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