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D Watkins Books

We Speak for Ourselves

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The critically lauded author of The Beast Side and The Cook Up returns with an existential look at life in low-income black communities, while also offering a new framework for how we can improve the conversations occuring about them.

The Cook Up (New York Times bestseller)

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Told by the man who lived it, The Cook Up is a riveting look inside the Baltimore drug trade as portrayed in the hit HBO series, The Wire.

The Beast Side (New York Times bestseller)

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Searing Dispatches from the Urban Zones Where African American Men Have Become an Endangered Species

About D. Watkins

Salon.com Editor At Large

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D. Watkins is an Editor at Large for Salon, host of "The Salon 5," and "Salon Talks." He is also a professor at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. 

Multi-Country Speaking Tour

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Watkins has lectured at countless universities, prisons and schools all over the world, please see the booking section for more information.  

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