DC Public Library’s Get Lit Podcast: If Beale Street Could Talk, a Discussion

In anticipation of the film debut of If Beale Street Could Talk, the DC Public Library staff discussed James Baldwin’s original book with Derrick Young of MahagonyBooks. Click the link below to listen to the podcast. 

Fast forward the time bar to the 11 minute mark to jump right into the discussion.

About the Book

In this honest and stunning novel, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions-affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

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