Race-Baiter, my new book on prejudice, stereotypes and media, hits stores today
After months of writing and weeks of anticipation, my new book Race-Baiter is available in stores and online starting today.
The book tries to take a look at the various ways some media outlets use prejudice and stereotypes to build audience, profits and power. The title came from Fox News Channel star Bill O'Reilly, who called me that term on his show, alleging I had a McCarthy-esque fixation on race issues, offering no specifics.
This, as I explain in the book, is something which often happens when you try raising conversations about these subjects. But sometimes, being called a race-baiter by the right person, only means you're on the right track.
Hurricane Sandy has unfortunately, delayed an appearance planned today on NPR's Talk of the Nation and possibly a piece planned for the Huffington Post based on the book's content. But Race-Baiter is now available online and in bookstores; locally, I know they have copies at the Barnes and Noble on 3rd Street in USF St. Petersburg campus.
And I'll be at Eckerd College at 7 p.m. Thursday, talking about issues related to the book and signing copies for any and all interested folks. Details here.
My offer first made during the Times Festival of Reading still stands: buy a copy and bring it by the Tampa Bay Times at 490 1st Ave. South, two blocks north, I'd be happy to sign it for you if I'm in the building.
I've also got a cool signing at 6 p.m. Nov. 11 in Studio@620 in St. Petersburg, featuring a reading, discussion of the issues raised by the book, a signing and a performance by former St. Pete Times music critic Tony Green and his amazing band Jez' Grew (yeah, I might ask the sit in on drums for a number or two). More info here.
I'm also going to be at Inkwood Books in Tampa the very next night, Nov. 12, with a presentation centered on the book at Inkwood Books, 216 S. Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33609. More info on that event here.
If you're not in the area and want a signed copy, we can do that too -- just send me an email with your name, postal address and preferred inscription. I'll be happy to sign a bookplate you can place inside your copy, as a long-distance inscription, for as long as the bookplates last.
For more information on the book and a constantly-updated schedule, see my website here: www.ericdeggans.com.
There's also been lots of good press already. Creative Loafing Tampa's Mitch Perry wrote an amazing cover story last week; I appeared on liberal watchdogs Media Matters radio show on Saturday, Peter Schorsch and his SaintPetersblog did a nice preview written by Daphne Taylor Street, and a guy whose sage counsel first convinced me I could do this in the first place, author Bob Andelman, talked to me for his Mr. Media video podcast.
Click here for an excerpt of the book which ran in the Tampa Bay Times:
At times, it may feel odd to focus on talk about race, culture different, prejudice and stereotyping. But after the election of our first black president, as he seeks re-election, its obvious that increased diversity only brings increased conversation, as America attempts something few other nations have achieved:
A free and open republic where our different ethnicities and cultures are seen as a strength, not a weakness.
Hopefully, this book provides a few tools on making that lofty goal a reality.
CLICK BELOW TO SEE the stuff I have scheduled so far - please feel free to join us at any or all events!
Nov. 1 - Speech and book signing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. 7 p.m. Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL
More details here: http://www.wusf.usf.edu/eric_deggans_confessions_of_a_race_baiter
Nov. 8 - Appearance at BookMark bookstore, 220 1st. Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266, 904-241-9026. http://www.bookmarkbeach.com/Location.html
Nov. 13 - Interview and signing at the University of South Florida in Sarasota, Selby Auditorium. 6 p.m.,
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34243
Nov. 15 - Appearance at the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists' Griot Drum Awards, 6 p.m., at the Nielsen headquarters, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar, FL. Will include a signing. More details here: www.http://tbabj.com/?p=1279
Jan. 26 - Speech at St. Petersburg Main Library for the Friends of the Library Association. 2 p.m. Main Library Auditorium, 3745 Ninth Avenue North, St. Pete. There are light refreshments at 3 p.m. for everyone attending.
Thanks for reading this far! Please email back if you have any questions!