Written by Michele Cobb on Monday, May 18, 2015
You're invited to meet the people of Harlem in the 1930's and 1940's, and one very particular young man who would, from there, speak to the world. Take the opportunity to accept this week's invitation to Harlem through these voices.
Guest blogger Kirsten Cappy writes:
Voice, when we meet an audiobook, invites us into a life, an experience, a place, or a time that might otherwise be unknown to us. Our young adult selection for free downloading this week, X: A NOVEL, is an invitation with many invitations within it.
In its introduction, author and speaker Ilyasah Shabazz invites us to meet a side of her father that previously only his family and friends knew. This is not the Malcolm X known across the world as a firebrand human rights activist, but Malcolm Little, a boy on the run from a deeply painful childhood and on the run from himself.
Ilyasah Shabazz and Candlewick Press had invited award-winning author Kekla Magoon to add nuance, voice, and passion to all the stories Ilyasah knew and discovered about her dynamic father’s early years. Brilliance Audio then invited the deeply expressive actor Dion Graham to perform the stories that Ilyasah knew and that she and Kekla told.
Together, two authors, two publishers, and one actor invite us to meet Malcolm Little as he becomes Red in Roxbury, Detroit Red in Harlem, and finally Malcolm X, while in a prison cell. Along the way, we get to try on a zoot suit down from Boston's Sugar Hill, Lindy in the Roseland Ballroom, and blend in with hep cats in Harlem.
Our free classic this week offers celebrated author Walter Dean Myers ' invitation to the streets of Harlem as he knew them. HERE IN HARLEM: POEMS IN MANY VOICES welcomes us into more than fifty lives through poems brilliantly performed by 13 actors, including Dion Graham and Robin Miles. Produced artfully by Earphones Award-winning Live Oak Media, all 54 poems stand alone and manage to blend together to make us feel that we have walked these streets, met these people, and felt their myriad emotions.
SYNC providing both X: A NOVEL and HERE IN HARLEM: POEMS IN MANY VOICES as free downloads is the best invitation of them all. You're invited to meet the people of Harlem in the 1930's and 1940's, and one very particular young man who would, from there, speak to the world. Take the opportunity to accept this week's invitation to Harlem through these voices.