Advertisement
  1. Books

Novelist Ladee Hubbard's reading list focused on black identity

Melville HouseLadee Hubbard
Melville HouseLadee Hubbard
Published Oct. 25, 2018

Hubbard is a professor of Africana studies at Tulane University and earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, where she was mentored by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Hubbard went on to receive her master's in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in folklore and mythology from UCLA. Hubbard was raised in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award. On Nov. 17, she will be a featured author at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, where she will discuss her debut novel, The Talented Ribkins.

What's on your nightstand?

One book I recently read that I would recommend is Vengeance by Zachary Lazar, a highly original consideration of criminal justice in the United States. A mix of fiction and nonfiction, it is a compelling and strikingly honest account of the author's interactions with an inmate at Angola prison in Louisiana who may or may not be guilty of murder. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the broader implications of our prison system and how ideas about justice reflect the values of society as a whole.

The book I have not yet had time to read but want to is A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley. Everything I have heard and read about this much lauded collection of stories has been intriguing. It is the very next book on my reading list.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

Advertisement

This site no longer supports your current browser. Please use a modern and up-to-date browser version for the best experience.

Chrome Firefox Safari Edge