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  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781685890025
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $32.99

The Fire This Time



“Kenan continues Baldwin’s legendary tradition of ‘telling it on the mountain’ by giving a voice to the unvarnished truth.”—The San Francisco Chronicle

James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time was one of the essential books of the sixties, and one of the most galvanizing statements of the American civil rights movement.

In The Fire This Time, inspired by Baldwin, Kenan combines elements of memoir and commentary, casting a critical eye from his childhood to the present to observe that, while there have been dramatic advances since the sixties, some issues continue to bedevil us.

Starting with W. E. B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr., Kenan expands the discussion to include many powerful Aamerican personalities, such as Oprah Winfrey, O. J. Simpson, Clarence Thomas, Rodney King, Sean “Puffy” Combs, George Foreman, and Barack Obama.

Published to mark the forty-fifth anniversary of James Baldwin’s epochal work, The Fire This Time is itself a piercing consideration of the times, and an impassioned call to transcend them.

  • Published: 30 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9781685890025
  • Imprint: Melville House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $32.99

Praise for The Fire This Time

“An inventive writer who shows great promise… Kenan continues Baldwin’s legendary tradition of ‘telling it on the mountain’ by giving a voice to the unvarnished truth about blacks.” —The San Francisco Chronicle “Kenan demands attention. He often seems to speak rather than to write: one feels more a listener than a reader, drawing a chair up to his fire.” —The Observer “A talented young novelist and short-story writer… What makes Kenan…so unusual is his willingness to look beyond the usual places.” —The New York Times “Kenan [presents] a magnificent panoramic view of what it means to be human, filled with insight and wisdom and provocation, cause for hope and celebration.” —The Times-Picayune

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