Book cover of Afropessimism by Frank B. Wildersonby Frank B. Wilderson III

Longlisted • National Book Award (Nonfiction)

Combining trenchant philosophy with lyrical memoir, Afropessimism is an unparalleled account of Blackness.

Why does race seem to color almost every feature of our moral and political universe? Why does a perpetual cycle of slavery―in all its political, intellectual, and cultural forms―continue to define the Black experience? And why is anti-Black violence such a predominant feature not only in the United States but around the world? These are just some of the compelling questions that animate Afropessimism, Frank B. Wilderson III’s seminal work on the philosophy of Blackness.

Interview with the Author

Podcast Art for the New Book NetworkNew Books Network
Frank Wilderson III, “Afropessimism” (Liveright, 2020)
6/3/20         57 min


Chatter on Books 
Frank B. Wilderson, III – Afropessimism
6/16/20         51 min


Seattle Town Hall In the Moment 
62. Frank Wilderson with Anastacia Renee: Afro-Pessimism and Modern Slavery
5/4/20          44 min


LIVE! From City Lights 
Frank Wilderson III and Justin Desmangles
7/2/20        57 min


Podcast art for the Free Library of Philadelphia PodcastFree Library of Philadelphia 
Frank B. Wilderson III | Afropessimism
5/1/20           71 min


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