The Contemporary Arts Center will host Conversation: Talking Baldwin with Nikki Giovani & Clint Smith at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, at the C.A.C. (900 Camp Street).
In anticipation of Stew & Heidi’s “Notes of a Native Song” performances (December 9 & 10), Nikki Giovanni joins author and poet Clint Smith to recount her friendship with the late James Baldwin.
In the fall of 1971, writer James Baldwin sat down with poet Nikki Giovanni for a conversation of astonishing timeliness today. The event was hosted by the PBS television program Soul! and was eventually published as A Dialogue. Representing two generations–Baldwin was forty-six and Giovanni only twenty-eight—the two writers exchanged a freewheeling conversation on the problems facing Americans, black and white, as well as the troubles besetting the world.