A Spring 2021 Read This Next! Title
A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib
Random House, April
Anything new by Hanif Abdurraqib is something to celebrate. He’s quickly become one of my favorite writers. This book, which highlights some of the many, many black performers in American history, is my favorite so far. It made me laugh, it made me angry, it made me think, and it made me look up old clips from Soul Train on YouTube. I am grateful that his book made me do all of those things. Hanif Abdurraqib is a writer I feel evangelical about. I cannot wait to press a copy of this into people’s hands.
– Chelsea Bauer, Union Ave Books in Knoxville, TN