Posted on August 21, 2018 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The James Baldwin revival doesn’t show any signs of slowing or stopping.

His “experimental” children’s book Little Man, Little Man received lukewarm reviews when it was initially published in 1976 but is being re-released Friday according to The New York Times.

Baldwin’s relatives, some of whom served as inspiration for the characters, have contributed new material for the book.

That includes the afterword, written by his niece Aisha Karefa-Smart, who says of the book: “When it came out, people weren’t ready for it, and now people are.”

Little Man, Little Man is told from the perspective of a four-year-old named TJ, whose world comprises both a loving home life and a violent neighborhood filled with drug addiction, guns, and police brutality.

Read more about its return to publication in The New York Times.

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