On June 7th, which marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary literary figure Gwendolyn Brooks, Beacon Press published the biography, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun: The Life & Legacy of Gwendolyn Brooks by award-winning poet and novelist Angela Jackson. The book has received strong media coverage including featured excerpts and write-ups in Poetry, Poets & Writers, Essence, and LitHub. Jackson, along with Brooks’s daughter, Nora Brooks Blakely, were interviewed for NPR’s Morning Edition. Brooks's home town of Chicago supported the book with coverage in Chicago Magazine, on Windy City Live (Chicago-ABC 7), and on Midday News (Chicago-WGN).
In an interview with The Associated Press, Jackson said, “Gwendolyn Brooks was a truth teller. That is the most significant thing about her. The other thing is her accurate and honest depiction of black people and black lives. So much in America is marshaled against the realization that black people are human beings and Gwendolyn Brooks captured our humanity and lifted it up.” This piece was widely picked up by many outlets including the New York Times and the Washington Post.