Author Danzy Senna joins Kate, Medaya, and Eric to discuss her novel New People, a romantic “comedy” of manners that overflows with insight into race and identity in America. Senna describes how she crafts historical/cultural geographies: of Brooklyn in the ’90s, Stanford University a few years earlier, and the nightmare utopia of Jonestown. The dialogue reveals an author of personal, very human tales, with tremendous resonance for our troubled Trumpian times. Also, poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday returns to recommend Toni Cade Bambara’s novel The Salt Eaters.
LARB Radio Hour: Danzy Senna’s “New People”: Race, Identity, Romance, and Jonestown; Plus Toni Cade Bambara
By LARB AV - August 17, 2017