PBS Books, in collaboration with Maryland Public Television, is hosting a conversation celebrating the Library of Congress National Book Festival with Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, to discuss his work and involvement in the festival. The author will be interviewed American Black Journal’s Stephen Henderson.
About Clint Smith
Clint Smith is a staff writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of the bestselling narrative nonfiction book, “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America.” He is also the author of the poetry collection “Counting Descent.” The book won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He has received fellowships from New America, the Emerson Collective, the Art for Justice Fund, Cave Canem and the National Science Foundation. Born and raised in New Orleans, he received his bachelor’s degree in English from Davidson College and his doctorate in education from Harvard University. Smith’s featured book at the 2022 National Book Festival is “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.”