S6E33: Iso-Interview: Glass Bookshop

A selection of books by Black writers discussed in this episode, including Christina Sharpe, NASRA, and Dionne Brand. Photo by Jason Purcell.

We’re starting with something different this week. Off the top you’ll hear the voice of NASRA, an artist, poet, and producer in Edmonton, which was recorded live back in February. Listen up.

The guests on this episode are the founders of Glass Bookshop: Jason Purcell and Matthew Stepanic. In this chat we cover what they wanted to achieve in opening a bookstore, what it means to hold space when physical space is not a feasible option, and what you should be reading and doing to support Black artists now.

The events of the past days must be followed with continued action. Anti-Black racism is a terrible reality, and it is not spoken about enough, especially in white communities. Now is the time to listen, to educate yourself, and to take action.

Here’s the reading list discussed on the show (buy them here):
A God Dance in Human Cloth by NASRA
This is How We Disappear by Titilope Sonuga
An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading by Dionne Brand
In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe
Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Indigenous Rights by Chelsea Vowel
Fifteen Dogs and Days By Moonlight by Andre Alexis

Glass Bookshop’s Reading & Resources
Black Voices Podcast Playlist
APN’s From the Archive: Listening for our Time
What’s The Tsismis? episode with Gina Puntil
Sterling Awards Nominations full list

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