On August 25, hip hop artist and political activist Boots Riley told Democracy Now! the story of how his cousin was imprisoned after being falsely accused of shooting a police officer. Host Amy Goodman asked Riley several questions about his new poetry collection, Boots Riley: Tell Homeland Security—We Are the Bomb, published by Haymarket Books earlier this month. At the end of the interview, Riley performed one of the songs from the collection. The A.V. Club chose the book as a notable August book release "for the hip hop radical" on August 19.
Great things are on the way for Akashic Books author Colin Channer! His poetry debut, Providential, will be featured in the Reading Room section of October's issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, on stands in mid-September. Largehearted Boy will post a Book Notes playlist he created to accompany his book on September 1, and both the New York Journal of Books and the Los Angeles Review of Books will review the poetry collection in the near future. Booklist called Providential "a dexterous, ambitious collection that delivers enough acoustic acrobatics to keep readers transfixed" in its September 1 issue.
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