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American author to publish book on ‘how to be an antiracist’

PICTURED: Ibram X Kendi (Photo credit: Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau)

AUTHOR IBRAM X. Kendi will publish a “game-changing” exploration of racism with his book How To Be an Antiracist, The Bookseller reports.

The book will explore Kendi’s “extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller to present a radical new way to think about racism” as he “demolishes the myth of the ‘post-racial’ society and building from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism – what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.”

Kendi "explores with extraordinary courage and humility his own journey from racism to antiracism over the course of his childhood and education and provides a comprehensive account of the misconceptions that so often cloud people’s understanding", the blurb reads. "He considers arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist and the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality."

Taking to social media earlier this month, Kendi tweeted: “I’m thrilled to unveil the book cover of HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST. Coming August 20th @OneWorldLit, an imprint @randomhouse. I poured it all into this book. I can’t wait to share it with the world. Order here: https://tinyurl.com/y8jg4864 #HowToBeAnAntiracist.”

Will Hammond, deputy publishing director, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Random House US, where the book will be published by Christopher Jackson at One World. Of the book, he said:

“By bringing out into the open our most hidden fears and anxieties and addressing them with candour, warmth and uncompromising intelligence, Ibram changes our whole perspective on this most challenging of subjects with an almost shocking clarity and force. Anyone who has the slightest interest in understanding racism will need to have read this game-changing book.”

How To Be an Antiracist will be published in August 2019.

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