MSNBC’s Ali Velshi brings you the “Velshi Banned Book Club,” an act of resistance against the epidemic of book banning. In each episode, a different author of a banned book joins Ali—including Margaret Atwood, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Laurie Halse Anderson, and more—to talk about why their work is being targeted and about the literature itself. “Velshi Banned Book Club” is a series rooted in literary and cultural analysis and in the notion of reading as resistance. Read along with Ali and follow now to listen to the first two episodes on August 24th.
Velshi Banned Book Club reading list:
“Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan
“Boy Erased” by Garrard Conley
“All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
“Dear Martin” by Nic Stone
“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
"The Tempest" by William Shakespeare
“Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult
“Give a Boy a Gun” by Todd Strasser
“The 1619 Project” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz
“Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Perez
“Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson
“Ready or Not” by Meg Cabot
“Beloved” by Toni Morrison with Dr. Imani Perry and Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr.
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston with Dr. Imani Perry and Ibram X. Kendi
The Constitution of the United States: A Complete Reading
Featuring the U.S. Constitution
The Black Literary Canon
Featuring "Beloved" by Toni Morrison and "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
BONUS: How to Win 2024: The “Kiddie Table” Debate
Introducing “How to Win 2024,” a new MSNBC podcast hosted by Claire McCaskill and Jennifer Palmieri.
Featuring "Ready or Not" by Meg Cabot and "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Latino Identity in Literature
Featuring “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz and “Out of Darkness” by Ashley Hope Pérez
Reexamining and Reframing U.S. History with Nikole Hannah-Jones
Featuring "The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" by Nikole Hannah-Jones
The Podcast we need now!
Thank you for putting a spotlight on banned books & delving into banned books with the authors! Bravo!
This is a very important podcast. I hate to see it end. Thank you.
Thank you !
And thanks for reading 45s indictments.
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
Thank you for taking time out your precious life to shed a bright light on the subject of banning books. Ignorance is the real killer of humanity; we must continue to educate people on this subject and others. I pray that one day people will not be afraid to hear and embrace the truth so we can all work together to correct the many injustices being inflicted on all of mankind around the globe. Namaste Ali Velshi, you are truly a warrior trying to do your part! I love watching your news show because you give it to us straight with no chaser! (: