Claudia Rankine reads from "Citizen" at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinsky

Poet and essayist Claudia Rankine has written and published three books with Minneapolis' Graywolf Press, including the National Book Critics Circle-winning "Citizen: An American Lyric," which was a New York Times best-seller.

Graywolf announced today that Rankine's fourth book with them, "Just Us: An American Conversation," will be published in September 2020.
 
In a press release, Grayolf described the new book as "Revelatory, funny, and ingeniously written, the essays in Just Us take place in transitionary spaces—on airplanes, at a diversity training session, in a therapist’s office, at a dinner party, after a play, on the internet—where presumed neutrality gives way to American culture’s overwhelming whiteness. Rankine questions what it means in these spaces to interrogate white privilege, well-meaning liberal politics, white male aggression, the implications of blondness, white supremacy in the White House, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and the alarming move toward Brexit."
 
 

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