The cover of the book "Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming" with a young black boy with his head looking directly away from the camera, wearing a white tshirt and a golden paper crown tilted on his head. the back ground is white and the text is in black and pink.

CKMS News – 2021-01-21 – Blackness and Becoming – author Antonio Michael Downing on “Saga Boy”

Host: Ivan Angelovski

Eleven years after his debut novel, Molasses, and three years after winning the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada’s top Emerging Authors for nonfiction, Antonio Michael Downing‘s new book just came out.  

It’s a memoir called Saga Boy, My Life of Blackness and Becoming, and it’s the story of searching for identity, something this Canadian author has been exploring for a long time. 

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