Join us as we continue our Black History Month Celebration at Books Inc. Alameda
This week we celebrate: Black Literature
Featuring author, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond sharing her new book: Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices!
Fresh and electrifying—stories, poems, and essays by African and diaspora writers, edited by author Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond.
Relations punctures the human illusion of separation. New and established storytellers reshape the narratives that divide and subjugate, revealing the truth of our shared humanity despite differences in language, identity, class, gender, and beyond.
This vital anthology is Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond’s striking vision of a meeting place of perspectives, centered in the African and diaspora experience.
In a post-Black Panther world, it is an urgent and welcome embrace of the diversity of Blackness. A refreshing collection of genre-spanning literature, it offers a vibrant meditation on being—inviting connection across real and imagined borders, and celebration of the most profound relations.
"This is an anthology that sings, a wonderful look at the relationships and connections that sustain us, give us life, make us who we are. This smart, generous collection is a true gift." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"The experience of reading this anthology is joyful, important, and highly recommended." -Booklist
"Nana Brew-Hammond's Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices, is an amazing collection by a new generation of young writers with African roots, whether resident on the continent or in foreign places. I do not apologise for comparing it to Daughters Of Africa, 1 and 2 by Margaret Busby. Of course the volume and the scope of Busby's Daughters is different. Whereas Busby's is an anthology of stories by women, Brew-Hammond's includes a few stories by men. And certainly in the spirit of the age, that makes it even more relevant. But the essence and the spirit behind Brew-Hammond's Relations is almost the same. I hope and more than that, I suspect that lovers of good books in general and short stories in particular would find it a great read." -Ama Ata Aidoo
Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond is the author of the children’s picture book Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky, illustrated by Caldecott Honor Artist Daniel Minter; and the young adult novel Powder Necklace. Her short fiction for adults has been included in the anthologies Accra Noir, Africa39, New Daughters of Africa, FIRSL, Everyday People, and Woman's Work. Her writing has also appeared in Now2, African Writing, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Sunday Salon.