Welcome to Subterranean Books.  
Thanks for checking in.
 
______________________________________________________________
 

LOOP ARTS FEST: William J. Maxwell Reading & Signing

Subterranean Books will be hosting a reading and signing of JAMES BALDWIN: THE FBI FILE by William J. Maxwell, as part of the Loop Arts Fest

 

Available in book form for the first time, the FBI's secret dossier on the legendary and controversial writer, James Baldwin.


Decades before Black Lives Matter returned James Baldwin to prominence, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI considered the Harlem-born author the most powerful broker between black art and black power. Baldwin's 1,884-page FBI file, covering the period from 1958 to 1974, was the largest compiled on any African American artist of the Civil Rights era. This collection of once-secret documents, never before published in book form, captures the FBI's anxious tracking of Baldwin's writings, phone conversations, and sexual habits--and Baldwin's defiant efforts to spy back at Hoover and his G-men.

James Baldwin: The FBI File reproduces over one hundred original FBI records, selected by the noted literary historian whose award-winning book, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, brought renewed attention to bureau surveillance. William J. Maxwell also provides an introduction exploring Baldwin's enduring relevance in the time of Black Lives Matter along with running commentaries that orient the reader and offer historical context, making this book a revealing look at a crucial slice of the American past--and present.

William J. Maxwell is professor of English and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of the widely acclaimed F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, winner of a 2016 American Book Award, and New Negro, Old Left: African American Writing and Communism between the Wars. He is also the creator and curator of the "F.B. Eyes Digital Archive," which presents high-resolution copies of the FBI files of African American authors obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. He lives with his family in St. Louis, Missouri.

Event date: 
Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Subterranean Books
6275 Delmar
St. Louis, MO 63130
James Baldwin: The FBI File Cover Image
By William J. Maxwell (Editor)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781628727371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcade Publishing - June 6th, 2017

Sign Up Now
stlindiebook.com

Affiliate Program