BAM DanceAfrica Festival 2021 Recommended Reading List

Book cover images: The Year I Flew Away, The Haitians: a Decolonial History, Edwidge Danticat Everything Inside, and Dear Haiti, Love Alaine“The future and spirit of DanceAfrica, in person or virtual, lives within audiences and communities of the world.”—Artistic Director Baba Abdel R. Salaam

The nation’s largest festival of African dance pays homage to the ancestral energy of Haiti with the theme Vwa zanset yo: y’ap pale, n’ap danse!, in Haitian Creole, or “Ancestral voices: they speak… we dance!” A virtual program of dance premieres draws inspiration from the lwa, spirits of Haitian Vodou, and brings together a community from near and far. DanceAfrica Artistic Director Baba Abdel R. Salaam commissioned pieces by HaitiDansco in Cap Haitien, Haiti, Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company in Oakland, Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective in Brooklyn, and Fritzation in Brooklyn. Including a virtual Libation ceremony and Procession of the Council of Elders that crosses the country, this unprecedented DanceAfrica performance stretches from coast to coast to coast.

Join BAM throughout the month for a vibrant virtual festival featuring dance classes, FilmAfrica, a digital DanceAfrica Bazaar, and more. They'll also be looking to add live elements as it becomes safe to do so. But one thing is certain: in its 44th year honoring the incredible diversity of cultures of Africa and its diaspora, DanceAfrica is still going strong.

Click HERE to shop Dance-Africa T-shirt designs, available exclusively from Greenlight!

Check out the Brooklyn Academy of Music's DanceAfrica homepage HERE.

Below is a list of recommended books to accompany this year's DanceAfrica festival, curated by Greenlight Bookstore. Books are available for pickup or direct-to-home shipping. 


 

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution By C.L.R. James, David Scott Scott (Introduction by) Cover Image
By C.L.R. James, David Scott Scott (Introduction by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780679724674
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 1989

Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica By Zora Neale Hurston Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061695131
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Amistad - December 30th, 2008

Everything Inside: Stories (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick) (Vintage Contemporaries) By Edwidge Danticat Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525563051
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - July 7th, 2020

Breath, Eyes, Memory By Edwidge Danticat Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781616955021
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Soho Press - February 24th, 2015

Hadriana in All My Dreams By René Depestre, Edwidge Danticat (Foreword by), Kaiama L. Glover (Translated by) Cover Image
By René Depestre, Edwidge Danticat (Foreword by), Kaiama L. Glover (Translated by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781617755330
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - May 2nd, 2017

The Haitians: A Decolonial History By Jean Casimir, Laurent DuBois (Translator), Walter D. Mignolo (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Jean Casimir, Laurent DuBois (Translator), Walter D. Mignolo (Foreword by)
$41.95
ISBN: 9781469660486
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 19th, 2020

Haiti Noir (Akashic Noir) By Edwidge Danticat (Editor) Cover Image
By Edwidge Danticat (Editor)
$18.95
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ISBN: 9781936070657
Published: Akashic Books, Ltd. - December 7th, 2010

Dance on the Volcano By Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Kaiama L. Glover (Translated by) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780914671572
Availability: Backordered
Published: Archipelago - January 10th, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck (Vintage International) By James Baldwin, Raoul Peck Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525434696
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

Everyone's Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health: A James Beard Award Winner By Gregory Gourdet, JJ Goode, EdD. Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780062984517
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Published: Harper - May 11th, 2021

The Haiti Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America Readers) By Laurent DuBois (Editor), Kaiama L. Glover (Editor), Nadève Ménard (Editor) Cover Image
By Laurent DuBois (Editor), Kaiama L. Glover (Editor), Nadève Ménard (Editor)
$30.95
ISBN: 9781478006770
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Published: Duke University Press - January 20th, 2020

Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: Haiti By Kehinde Wiley (Artist), Cynthia Oliver (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Mike Rogge (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Kehinde Wiley (Artist), Cynthia Oliver (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Mike Rogge (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$40.00
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ISBN: 9780991488926
Published: Roberts & Tilton - May 26th, 2015

Freedom Soup By Tami Charles, Jacqueline Alcántara (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763689773
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Candlewick - December 10th, 2019

My Day with the Panye By Tami Charles, Sara Palacios (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763697495
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - March 16th, 2021

Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings By Francie LaTour, Ken Daley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Francie LaTour, Ken Daley (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781773060415
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Groundwood Books - October 1st, 2018

The Year I Flew Away By Marie Arnold Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358272755
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Versify - February 2nd, 2021

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine By Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781335910028
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Inkyard Press - December 1st, 2020

I Want to Ride the Tap Tap By Danielle Joseph, Olivier Ganthier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Danielle Joseph, Olivier Ganthier (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780374312145
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - December 29th, 2020

American Street By Ibi Zoboi Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062473059
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

Charming as a Verb By Ben Philippe Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062824141
Availability: Backordered
Published: Balzer + Bray - October 13th, 2020

Urban Bush Women: Twenty Years of African American Dance Theater, Community Engagement, and Working It Out (Studies in Dance History) By Nadine George-Graves Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780299235543
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - July 8th, 2010

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina By Misty Copeland Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781476737997
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Touchstone - December 16th, 2014

Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance By Ntozake Shange, Reneé L. Charlow (Contributions by), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Ntozake Shange, Reneé L. Charlow (Contributions by), Alexis Pauline Gumbs (Contributions by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780807091876
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Beacon Press - October 13th, 2020

Firebird By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood By Patricia C. McKissack, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780375870880
Availability: Backordered
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 10th, 2017

The Twelve Dancing Princesses By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142414507
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Puffin Books - November 12th, 2009

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora By Joanna Dee Das Cover Image
$42.99
ISBN: 9780190264871
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 20th, 2017

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove By Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Ben Greenman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455501373
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 12th, 2015

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance By Hanif Abdurraqib Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984801197
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Published: Random House - March 30th, 2021

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Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?: Essays By Jesse McCarthy Cover Image
$27.95
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ISBN: 9781631496486
Published: Liveright - March 30th, 2021

Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold By Bolu Babalola Cover Image
$25.99
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ISBN: 9780063078499
Published: William Morrow - April 13th, 2021

Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound By Daphne A. Brooks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780674052819
Availability: Out of Print / Unavailable
Published: Belknap Press - February 23rd, 2021

Black Futures By Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399181139
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Published: One World - December 1st, 2020

Just as I Am: A Memoir By Cicely Tyson Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062931061
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - January 26th, 2021

African Myths and Folk Tales (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) By Carter Godwin Woodson Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780486477343
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Published: Dover Publications - January 1st, 2010

Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir By Halifu Osumare, Brenda Dixon Gottschild (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780813056616
Published: University Press of Florida - March 6th, 2018