Why novelist James Baldwin deserves to be celebrated

James Baldwin is a majestic novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic whose words have left a mark on the literary world.

South African poet and writer Mandla Langa is one of Baldwin's biggest fanatics, and was fortunate enough to discover Baldwin's work while he was still alive.

Langa and presenter Eusebius Mckaiser shared in a common appreciation for Baldwin's anthology.

Langa recalled when he was introduced to Baldwin's work, how he became engrossed over the decades and when Baldwin's books were banned in the country.

We had a readers circle and Baldwin was foremost among those titles that we read.

Mandla Langa, South African poet and writer

He reflects on Baldwin's best work, including Go Tell It on the Mountain, The Devil Finds Work, The Price of the Ticket and The Cross of Redemption.

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