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Marking 2nd Anniversary Of His Death, Melville House Will Publish ‘The Fire This Time’By Randall Kenan In Paperback This July

Published to mark the second anniversary of Kenan’s death, The Fire This Time by the late Randall Kenan (Melville House | nonfiction | paperback | on sale 7/12) is a piercing anthology of both social commentary and recounting of Kenan’s childhood memories. Though Kenan’s book was initially published in 2007, it feels even more poignant today.

A play on one of the essential books of the sixties (The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin) The Fire This Time aims to galvanize the new generation of Americans confronting what Baldwin called our “racial nightmare.”

The Fire This Time allows Kenan’s critical eye to bounce from his childhood to 2007 offering a new take on reoccurring racial issues. He observes that, while there have been dramatic advances, old issues have combined with new ones to bedevil us. 

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Ultimately The Fire This Time asks the question we’re all still wondering 15 years later: How far have we really come? The answer is yours to decide.

Randall Kenan is the late author of the biography James Baldwin: American Writer, and the collection of oral histories Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the 21st Century, as well as the novel A Visitation of Spirits, and the short story collection Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. His work has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Sherwood Anderson Award, the John Dos Passos Award, the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and numerous other prizes.

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