Here at The Root we’ve always loved, praised, and centered Black literature in the broader conversation. Each week host Maiysha Kai sits down with an author we love to talk about their work, what inspires them, and what they hope to contribute to the culture at large. Guests so far include Nikole Hannah Jones, Brittney Cooper, Stacey Abrams, Ibram X. Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Morgan Jerkins, and Claudia Rankine.
This week we're talking with artist and New York Times bestselling author Akwaeke Emezi. Akwaeke has been a rising star in the literary world with popular novels like Freshwater and The Death of Vivek Oji. Now, Akwaeke has published their first memoir called Dear Senthuran, which is an evocative telling of a creative spirit making their way in a human world. Listen to hear Akwaeke discuss Igbo spirituality, how they hope the Black community will start to see trans people, and why they chose to work exclusively with Black media for the publicity of this book.