The Great American Read

Q&A with Jason Reynolds

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Jason Reynolds, author of Ghost, answers a few questions from The Great American Read:

What are you reading right now?

At the moment I'm reading Zora Neale Hurston's, Barracoon: The Story of The Last "Black Cargo," which is a non-fiction account of the last living survivor of the Middle Passage. Honestly, the book is brilliant, but one of my favorite parts of it is Alice Walker's foreword which is a stunning ode to the black experience in America.

What’s your favorite way to read? Hardback, paperback, or tablet?

I love hardback own. But paperback to read.

When you’re in a book store, what section do you gravitate to and why?

I always gravitate toward contemporary fiction and search for new black and brown faces, because I think the narratives coming from people of color, especially women of color are so complex, so interesting and layered, and most importantly, so beautiful.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this blog post are solely those of the respondents.

More about Jason Reynolds:

Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors.


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