Black History Month: Highlighting great black Canadian writers

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Many of Canada's talented and innovative writers have roots in Africa, the Caribbean, and communities of historic significance to black Canadians.

The month of February is dedicated to remembering the legacy of black Canadian citizens. This CBC Books blog will highlight the work and achievements of black Canadian literary talents. Author and book critic Donna Bailey Nurse is contributing a three-part series on black Canadian literature. Follow the links below to watch/listen to interviews, discover great reads, take quizzes, and much more.

We'll continue to add content here through February, so check back regularly for more.

1. Donna Bailey Nurse on falling in love with black Canadian literature

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2. Donna Bailey Nurse highlights 3 Caribbean Canadian authors everyone should read

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3. Donna Bailey Nurse on game changers and writers to watch

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4. Black History Month Quiz

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Some of Canada's most celebrated black Canadian writers include Austin Clarke, Afua Cooper and Dany Laferrière. How well do you know their works?


5. Author spotlight: Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan discusses her literary career leading up to her award-winning novel Half-Blood Blues.


6. Austin Clarke's CBC documentary on the Harlem Riots of the 1960s GettyImages-harlem.png

In the 1960s, the U.S. was in a state of upheaval over civil rights. A young Austin Clarke, long before he became one of Canada's most prominent novelists, was commissioned by CBC Radio to travel to Harlem to produce a documentary on what was happening. He managed to interview legendary activist Malcolm X.


7. 10 books for kids to mark Black History Month

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10 books that will entertain, inspire, celebrate, inform and foster a sense of pride and feature strong black characters.


8. Author spotlight: Nalo Hopkinson on The Next Chapter

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Sci-fi and fantasy author extraordinaire Nalo Hopkinson talks about her new book Sister Mine about twin sisters, only one of which has inherited magical powers.


9. Lawrence Hill talks to CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos

Lawrence Hill joins George on the couch to talk about his critically acclaimed novel The Book of Negroes.


10. Where did the phrase "The Real McCoy" come from? Kim Brunhuber explains:

Broadcaster and author Kim Brunhuber tells a story about the possible Canadian origins of the phrase "The Real McCoy."