Author Spotlight: Michael Eric Dyson (11/16/21)

New York Times bestselling author Michael Eric Dyson draws from his own life and pursuits to share his passionate and resourceful ideas about American history and culture in his newest book, ENTERTAINING RACE.

ENTERTAINING RACE offers a compelling vision and celebration of the impact of Black culture and politics on America.

ENTERTAINING RACE: Performing Blackness in America

2 starred reviews!

“Throughout, Dyson maintains a firm grip on the cultural moment and offers razor-sharp insights into American history, politics, and art. This is a feast of insights.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Theologian and public intellectual Dyson turns a gimlet eye on the stereotypes and authentic expressions of Black self-presentation…A thoughtful, elegantly argued contribution to the literature of Black lives in America.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

More from Michael Eric Dyson:

LONG TIME COMING: Reckoning with Race in America

“Dyson’s eloquent, exacting, and consequential scrutiny of ‘the racial calamity at the heart of our democracy’ is a catalyst for discussion and continued calls for justice, a work essential to the struggle to achieve insight, genuine change, and healing.”–Booklist, starred review

JAY-Z: Made in America

2 starred reviews!

“In this astute cultural biography, Dyson (TEARS WE CANNOT STOP) analyzes the impact of Jay-Z through his music—from his hard-knock life as a drug dealer from Brooklyn, to his becoming a billionaire rapper and husband of megastar Beyoncé.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This is more than a hip-hop bio; Dyson is giving us something larger, and we are sitting in a classroom under the spell of a captivating teacher.”–Library Journal, starred review

WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

“Dyson (TEARS WE CANNOT STOP, 2017) continues his illumination of complex issues of race in his latest compelling book, taking readers back to May 1963, when the great civil rights leaders were in their ascendancy and John F. Kennedy was in the White House.”–Booklist, starred review

TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America

2 starred reviews!

“The provocateur-scholar returns to the pulpit to deliver a hard-hitting sermon on the racial divide, directed specifically to a white congregation.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A must-read for Americans who hope for a brighter day to emerge from the anguished hopelessness created by white idolatry and willful ignorance.”–Library Journal, starred review

ENTERTAINING RACE: Performing Blackness in America by Michael Eric Dyson; 9781250135971; available now.
LONG TIME COMING: Reckoning with Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson; 9781250276759; available now.
JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson; 9781250230966; available now.
WHAT TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson; 9781250199416; available now.
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson; 9781250776679; available now.

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