The indomitable Sun Yung Shin and Minnesota Historical Society Press bring you A Good Time for the Truth: Race In Minnesota, an awesome new anthology of essays from the likes of Bao Phi, Kao Kalia Yang, Heid E. Erdrich, David Mura, Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, Taiyon J Coleman, David Lawrence Grant, Carolyn Holbrook, Sherry Quan Lee, Jae Ran Kim, Diane Wilson, Andrea Jenkins, Robert Karimi, Vanessa Fuentes, and moi.
It will be a damn good read, I say. I couldn’t be more excited to be in such illustrious company.
My essay in the collection, “Fear of a Black Mother,” is a riff off of the Public Enemy song “Fear of a Black Planet,” and explores the consequences of parenting while black.
From the book’s description: “In this provocative book, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in one of the whitest states in the nation. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.
“Minnesota communities struggle with some of the nation’s worst racial disparities. As its authors confront and consider the realities that lie beneath the numbers, this book provides an important tool to those who want to be part of closing those gaps.”
A Good Time for the Truth editor, and Minneapolis-based poet Sun Yung Shin.
A Good Time for the Truth will be available for sale at local independent and chain bookstores in April. We are planning a book launch celebration on Tuesday, April 5 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul beginning at 6 pm.