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BSG #43: The Tina Fey of The Water Dancer / Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer with Said Medina

Join the #BookSquad—and special returning guest Said!—for our discussion of The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. We talk about memory and storytelling, the “magic” of the story, how women are represented in the book, complicated characters, and enslavement. Next, we dig into some listener feedback from Ninth House and offer some reading suggestions from Black writers. Plus, the #BookSquadBlog is BACK! Check it out for new YA Book Club content, plus posts about video games, movies and more! Watch Hamilton with us for our next #Othersode (7/27), and read Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey for our next #Bookpisode (8/10)! Follow us on social media, and send any feedback to!

Coates discussing The Water Dancer w/Ibram X. Kendi:


:30–intro and special guest, Said!
8:44–spoiler warning and book intro
12:23–the power of memory and storytelling
18:35–what is the value of the magic in the book?
20:25–women in the novel
55:27–problematic characters
1:02:00–history in the novel
1:10:18–quotes from the Coates and Kendi talk
1:17:13–would this be a good limited series?
1:32:31–listener feedback
1:42:54–what’s on the blog? What’s up next?

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