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Writers’ Reel: James Baldwin on How Reading Saved His Life

The author of Go Tell It On the MountainThe Fire Next TimeSonny’s Blues, and many other prolific works is interviewed in this California Newsreel documentary. James Baldwin talks openly about his strict upbringing by his father and how the library helped him connect to the world. 

“You think your pain and your heartache are unprecedented in the history of the world but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me the most were the very thing that connected me to all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”