Episode 013: Washington Black

Thank you for joining us this month for our discussion of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

Many many thanks to guest hosts Alexa Potashnik and Sappfyre McLeod from Black Space Winnipeg!

George Washington Black is a young field slave born on a Barbados sugar plantation. When his master’s eccentric brother chooses him as manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or “Titch,” is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wash into a world of technology and science, where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by circumstances of birth, might begin to see each other as human. When a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, Titch and Wash escape in a fable-like flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. There Wash, left suddenly on his own, must invent himself anew and is again adrift across the globe. (Blurb adapted from goodreads.com)

In This Episode We Mention

Black Space Winnipeg  (check out Nuit Noir, Afro Prairie Film Festival, and Project Heal)

Black Panther

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Freedom to Read Week

Our Black History Month Recommended Reading list

The plural of octopus???

Can You Tell Me A Book You Would Also Like?

Sappfyre: The Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Alexa: Brother by David Chariandy

Erica: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (a previous TTR pick!) also shout out to James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Trevor: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Nerd Word for Word Nerds

Erica: Ipsedixitism

Sappfyre: Lifeless Reinvigorate

Alexa: Blackfishing

Trevor: Hectocotylus 

We’re celebrating our anniversary! We’ll be doing a live podcast on Tuesday evening, March 26th, at the Good Will Social Club. We hope to see you there.

Next month, Alan and Kirsten will be back. We’re reading The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, and we’re looking forward to hearing what  you think about it.

As always – we want to talk about what you want to talk about. Get in touch on social media or email us at wpl-podcast@winnipeg.ca with suggestions for what to read, and comments about the book for our next show.

Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Your hosts today were Alexa Potashnik, Sappfyre McLeod, Trevor Lockhart, and Erica Ball. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production and music by Dennis Penner.


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