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Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently …

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Since 1995, when she began appearing on cable news as an analyst for CNN, Farai Chideya has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events. Her bookings have included Ivies Harvard and Yale, large state universities and regional colleges, events at the United Nations and on Capitol Hill, and …

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Kiss the Sky

My novel Kiss the Sky (Atria Books, 2009) is nominated for a 2010 NAACP Image Award. I’m thrilled. The paperback comes out in May 2010. If you need a review copy, please contact Adiya Mobley at email: Adiya.Mobley@simonandschuster.com

You can read the first chapter of the book here.

kiss-the-sky-covernKiss The Sky tracks the life of Sophie “Sky” Lee, a thirtysomething black rock musician making a comeback in New York City in 2000. There are a few hitches to her plans: Sky’s guitarist is her mercurial, drug-abusing ex-husband; her manager is also her boyfriend; and Sky herself is frightened of the cost she’ll pay to reach the pinnacle of fame. Add to that her struggles with religion, her family, and her meddling girlfriends and you have a book which blends substantial themes of love, faith, and longing with contemporary pop culture. Kiss the Sky also has a catalogue of music references on par with books like High Fidelity.

You can buy the book from sellers including Amazon (just CLICK ON the icon banner to your RIGHT to get on over there!)

Or use independent booksellers including Powells. (Click here to buy Kiss the Sky From Powell’s.)

Stay tuned here to learn more about the Kiss the Sky book tour coming to a city near you.
Please check out the events page for my ongoing tour dates.

For more press information contact: Adiya Mobley, Atria Books
email: Adiya.Mobley@simonandschuster.com

More Books From Farai Chideya

Trust, Soft Skull, 2004 In these provocative pieces, Farai Chideya looks at and beyond the daily political struggles to the heart of a nation at war with itself. The 2000 election highlighted the rift between liberal/conservative and Red State/Blue State. But that superficial crack, says Chideya, indicates much more serious, indeed foundational, damage. The United States, she argues, lacks the moral, legal, and psychological framework for debating complex issues in a pluralistic society, relying instead on an outdated dichotomy model that says each issue has two opposing sides instead of many interested parties.
—African American Literature Book Club, 2004

To buy multiple copies of Trust at a discount for nonprofits and educational institutions, email booksales@farai.net.

The Color of Our Future, William Murrow, 1999 In her penetrating cross-country tour of the United States, gifted media star-on-the-rise and cultural critic Farai Chideya reveals how America’s young people are deconstructing the white/black definition of race and constructing a new pluralistic paradigm that encompasses the country’s white, black, Hispanic, Asian, and native peoples. “We do not obey the laws of race. We make them,” she writes. “Now is the time for us to choose wisely what we will preserve about our racial and cultural history, and what destructive divisions we need to leave behind.”
—Publishers Weekly, 1998

To buy multiple copies of the hardcover of The Color of Our Future at a discount (less than the price of the paperback) for nonprofits and educational institutions, email booksales@farai.net.

Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans, Plume, 1995 The stated purpose of Chideya’s book is to “give readers a chance to question the depictions of race that have become standard in newspapers and on the nightly news, a map through the modern realities and misconceptions about race.” She succeeds in 18 chapters, each of which discusses an issue, then examines the reality behind frequently asked questions and frequently held myths.
—Publishers Weekly, 1995

The Finish Party

Farai couldn’t have made her lifelong dream of being a novelist happen without the women known as The Finish Party.

The Finish Party is a group of eight fine, feisty, female authors from Northern and Southern California. Their monthly meetings offer each writer a powerful way to critique their work-in-progress; share triumphs; support one another through hardships; laugh, eat great food; and of course finish their novels! The Finish Party was profiled in the October 2007 issue of O Magazine.

The other “Finish Partiers” are Deborah Santana (Space Between the Stars); Alyss Dixson; Nichelle D. Tramble (The Dying Ground); Lalita Tademy (Red River); Renee Swindle (Please, Please, Please); ZZ Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere); and Jacqueline Luckett (Searching for Tina Turner).

Find out more about the Finish Party’s latest adventures here.



Discover Magazine: The Bypass Cure

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Worth a read — this Discover Magazine article on how the Roux-en-Y bypass technique for weight loss can literally cure diabetes overnight.

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Mayor Bloomberg to Talk Climate Change

Via Politico: At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will deliver a major speech in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard outlining the risks New York City faces from climate change and the steps the city should take to protect neighborhoods.

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Notebook: Climate Change and New York

Watch the video of this panel on climate change and Sandy. Columbia University scientist Klaus Jacob said “On a nice sunny day in the year 2100, the water level will be almost as high as it was during Sandy.”

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Consumer Culture and Freedom

Consumer culture is not freedom.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Real. Now What Do We Do About It?

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“Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud,” says the Brennan Center for Justice. A new article by Roger Simon of Politico blows open GOP plans to block the vote.

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Giving Thanks 2012


A long list of gratitude for things that are both beautiful and troubling — all of them are part of our world, and our lives, our realities.

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A Hot New Musical About the Search for Home


Because the story is about a black woman and not a black archetype or stereotype, anyone who loves the art of theatre and the place where struggle meets the sublime can relate to GIRL shakes loose her skin. I don’t know when it will hit the stage next, or what major theatrical producer will step up to bankroll it, but I’ll be there.

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Should President Obama Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

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Head on over to the Columbia Journalism Review’s site to read my piece on the President and criminal justice reform. Now that the election is over, these questions are more imperative than ever.

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Why the “Foreign Policy” Debate Wasn’t One

Please go to The Root and check out my piece on why the “foreign policy” debate was nothing of the sort….

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Politically Viral: Videos to Watch

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Props to Thanh Tan for her article about the GOP Washington State gubernatorial candidate bringing it Gangnam Style; plus Sesame wants Big Bird out of Obama ad.

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