The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

  • 5h 36m 12s
  • Jesmyn Ward
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2016

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping-off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.

In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew", which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his 15-year-old namesake on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote, "You know and I know that the country is celebrating 100 years of freedom 100 years too soon."

Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin's words ring as true as ever today. In response she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns.

In this Audiobook

  • Homegoing, AD by Kima Jones
  • The Weight by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah
  • Lonely in America by Wendy S. Walters
  • Where Do We Go from Here? by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “The Dear Pledges of Our Love”: A Defense of Phillis Wheatley's Husband by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
  • White Rage by Carol Anderson
  • Cracking the Code by Jesmyn Ward
  • Queries of Unrest by Clint Smith
  • Blacker Than Thou by Kevin Young
  • Da Art of Storytellin' (a Prequel) by Kiese Laymon
  • Black and Blue by Garnette Cadogan
  • The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning by Claudia Rankine
  • Know Your Rights! by Emily Raboteau
  • Composite Pops by Mitchell S. Jackson
  • Theories of Time and Space by Natasha Trethewey
  • This Far: Notes on Love and Revolution by Daniel José Older
  • Message to My Daughters by Edwidge Danticat