Being Black in The World

Ian Williams


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  • Readers of contemporary nonfiction on the themes of race, racism, social justice, identity, othering
  • Readers of personal essays by novelists and poets
  • Readers of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo; Black is the Body by Emily Bernard; Good Talk by Mira Jacob; White Girls by Hilton Als; Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


  •  Williams offers a personal “outsider’s” perspective on issues on race and recent events in the U.S.
  • His voice is lyrical and engaging, the voice of a world-class novelist and prize-winning poet


Ian Williams:

Ian Williams’ debut novel Reproduction won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize and his debut nonfiction work, Disorientation, was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Award. His poetry collection, Personals, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and his new collection, Word Problems, won the Raymond Souster Award. His short story collection, Not Anyone’s Anything, won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award and his first book, You Know Who You Are, was a finalist for the ReLit Poetry Prize. He is a trustee for the Griffin Poetry Prize and was recently inducted into the City of Brampton Arts Walk of Fame. A tenured professor of English at the University of Toronto, Williams will be the Visiting Fellow at the American Library in Paris in 2022.