My friend Erin Aubry-Kaplan’s first book Black Talk. Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista has just been newly published. I couldn’t agree more with those reviewers now comparing her to Joan Didion. Erin’s an ace reporter and original and sympathetic essayist whose primary beat is LA; but whose work covers the world and crosses genres somewhere between Michel Montaigne and Martha Gelhorn. In other words, she’s a brilliant chronicler of the human condition. The book’s introduction is by Michael Eric Dyson. Comments on the back are by Tom Hayden and others you’ll want to read. If you’re in LA come hear her speak:
At UCLA Tuesday October 18, 4-6 pm at the Charles Young Research Library. Reception afterward. Thursday, Oct. 20, noon at the Bunche Center for African American Studies, 135 Haines Hall.

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