Book cover of How to Make a Slave and Other Essays by Jerald Walkerby Jerald Walker

Finalist, National Book Award in Nonfiction
Winner, Massachusetts Book Award

A Book of the Year pick from Kirkus, BuzzFeed, and Literary Hub

“The essays in this collection are restless, brilliant and short.…The brevity suits not just Walker’s style but his worldview, too.…Keeping things quick gives him the freedom to move; he can alight on a truth without pinning it into place.” —Jennifer Szalai, the New York Times

For the black community, Jerald Walker asserts in How to Make a Slave, “anger is often a prelude to a joke, as there is broad understanding that the triumph over this destructive emotion lay in finding its punchline.”

Interview with the Author

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Jerald Walker | How to Make a Slave and Other Essays
12/10/20             62 min

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S3 Ep. Jerald Walker, author of How To Make a Slave
1/27/21          33 min



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