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    11 Feb 2021

    Your Black History Month Listening List From Audible.ca Featured

    Wondering how to celebrate Black History Month 2021? Audible.ca has put together a compelling list of audio books, including some awesome Black Canadian authors. Feed your mind with the knowledge and wisdom of Black authors. Discover amazing stories about Black heritage, culture and its importance to the Canadian society. Listen, enjoy, learn and share!
    Happy Black History Month 2021!

    Anti-racism

    The Skin We're In (Canadian Title)
    Written & narrated by: Desmond Cole
    Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    A bracing, provocative, and perspective-shifting audiobook from one of Canada's most celebrated and uncompromising writers, Desmond Cole. The Skin We're In will spark a national conversation, influence policy, and inspire activists.

    Policing Black Lives (Canadian Title)
    Written by: Robyn Maynard
    Narrated by: Marcia Johnson
    Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.

    The Conversation
    Written by: Robert Livingston
    Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    An essential tool for individuals, organizations, and communities of all sizes to jump-start dialogue on racism and bias and to transform well-intentioned statements on diversity into concrete actions - from a leading Harvard social psychologist.

    How to Be an Antiracist
    Written & narrated by: Ibram X. Kendi
    Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    From the National Book Award-winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “ground-breaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society - and in ourselves.

    So You Want to Talk About Race
    Written by: Ijeoma Oluo
    Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
    Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word.

    The Radical King
    Written by: Martin Luther King, Cornel West - editor
    Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Gabourey Sidibe, Cornel West, Mike Colter, Danny Glover, Wanda Sykes, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael K. Williams
    Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    The Radical King includes 23 selections, curated and introduced by Dr. Cornel West, including essays and speeches that were never recorded for posterity - a revelation for King's legacy.
     
    Memoirs

    They Said This Would Be Fun (Canadian Title)
    Written & narrated by: Eternity Martis
    Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    A powerful, moving memoir about what it's like to be a student of colour on a predominantly white campus.

    I've Been Meaning to Tell You (Canadian Title)
    Written & narrated by: David Chariandy
    Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    When a moment of quietly ignored bigotry prompted his three-year-old daughter to ask "what happened?" David Chariandy began wondering how to discuss with his children the politics of race. In sharing with his daughter his own story, he hopes to help cultivate within her a sense of identity and responsibility that balances the painful truths of the past and present with hopeful possibilities for the future.

    They Call Me George (Canadian Title)
    Written by: Cecil Foster
    Narrated by: Dillon Taylor
    Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
    Drawing on the experiences of these influential black Canadians, Cecil Foster’s They Call Me George demonstrates the power of individuals and minority groups in the fight for social justice and shows how a country can change for the better.

    Just as I Am
    Written by: Cicely Tyson, Michelle Burford
    Narrated by: Cicely Tyson, Viola Davis, Robin Miles
    Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    “Just as I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” (Cicely Tyson)

    Four Hundred Souls
    Written by: Ibram X. Kendi - editor, Keisha N. Blain - editor
    Narrated by: January LaVoy, Soledad O’Brien, Leslie Odom Jr., Prentic Onayemi, Samira Wiley, and many more
    Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
    A chorus of extraordinary voices comes together to tell one of history’s great epics: the 400-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present.

    Shame on Me (Canadian Title)
    Written & narrated by: Tessa McWatt
    Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    Interrogating our ideas of race through the lens of her own multi-racial identity, critically acclaimed novelist Tessa McWatt turns her eye on herself, her body, and this world in a powerful new work of non-fiction.

    Saga Boy (Canadian Title)
    Written & narrated by: Antonio Michael Downing
    Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
    An enthralling, deeply personal account of a young immigrant's search for belonging and Black identity amid the long-lasting effects of cultural dislocation.

    In the Black (Canadian Title)
    Written by: B. Denham Jolly
    Narrated by: Tim Puckett
    Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    Jolly chronicles not only his own journey; he tells the story of a generation of activists who worked to reshape the country into a more open and just society. While celebrating these successes, In the Black also measures the distance Canada still has to travel before we reach our stated ideals of equality.
     
    Fiction 

    Ossuaries (Canadian Title)
    Written & narrated by: Dionne Brand
    Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    Dionne Brand’s hypnotic, urgent long poem is about the bones of fading cultures and ideas, about the living museums of spectacle where these bones are found. At the centre of Ossuaries is the narrative of Yasmine, a woman living an underground life, fleeing from past actions and regrets, in a perpetual state of movement.

    Days by Moonlight (Canadian Title)
    Written & narrated by: André Alexis
    Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    Botanist Alfred Homer is invited on a road trip by his parents’ friend, Professor Morgan Bruno, who wants company as he tries to unearth the story of the mysterious poet John Skennen. Alfred and the Professor encounter towns where Black residents speak only in sign language and towns that hold indigenous parades; it is a land of house burnings, werewolves, and witches.

    Washington Black (Canadian Title)
    Written by: Esi Edugyan
    Narrated by: Dion Graham
    Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness of life. This inventive, electrifying novel asks, What is freedom? And can a life salvaged from the ashes ever be made whole?

    Shut Up You’re Pretty (Canadian Title)
    Written by: Téa Mutonji
    Narrated by: Jemeni
    Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    A woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic.

    This Book Betrays My Brother (Canadian Title)
    Written by: Kagiso Lesego Molope
    Narrated by: Jacqui Du Toit
    Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    In beautiful, lyrical, and intimate prose, Kagiso Lesego Molope shows the dilemmas facing a young woman as she attempts to find her place in a new, multiracial, and dynamic nation emerging into the world after more than a century of racist colonialism.

    Dispossession
    Written by: Tayari Jones
    Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
    Length: 57 mins
    From Tayari Jones, author of the New York Times best-selling An American Marriage, and performed by Gabrielle Union, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, comes an unflinching story about mothers and sons that will leave listeners reeling for days.

    Concrete Rose
    Written by: Angie Thomas
    Narrated by: Dion Graham
    Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
    International phenomenon Angie Thomas revisits Garden Heights 17 years before the events of The Hate U Give in this searing and poignant exploration of Black boyhood and manhood.
     
    Sci-Fi & Fantasy

    Gutter Child (Canadian Title)
    Written by: Jael Richardson
    Narrated by: Phoenix Pagliacci
    Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    Gutter Child takes us on the journey of a young woman in a fractured world of heartbreaking disadvantages and horrific injustices. Richardson’s Elimina is a modern heroine in an altered but all too recognizable reality, who, must find the strength within herself to determine her own future and defy a system that tries to shape her destiny.

    The Rage of Dragons (Canadian Title)
    Written by: Evan Winter
    Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
    Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.

    Parable of the Sower
    Written by: Octavia E. Butler
    Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
    Length: 12 hrs
    That is the central truth of the Earthseed movement, whose unlikely prophet is 18-year-old Lauren Olamina. The young woman's diary entries tell the story of her life amid a violent 21st-century hell of walled neighborhoods and drug-crazed pyromaniacs - and reveal her evolving Earthseed philosophy.

    The Fifth Season
    Written by: N. K. Jemisin
    Narrated by: Robin Miles
    Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
    This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the Earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. A new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award-nominated author N. K. Jemisin.
     

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     Feleseta Kassaye Woldtsadique

    Feleseta Kassaye Woldtsadique is a seasoned communications professional in Canada with a passion for storytelling. Having a literature, media and communications background, she has worked for several non-profit organizations advocating for change for women, children, youth, environment and health policies across several UN Agencies.

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