On Richmond monuments and the dangers of nostalgia w/ Chris L. Terry, author of Black Card


Hello and welcome to Unlisted.

Chris L. Terry is an author based out of Los Angeles, California. His second novel, Black Card, will be published in paperback this August. It was released about a year ago in hardcover.

Author photo by Jacob Boll

Black Card is a story about a young mixed-race punk rock musician in Richmond, VA who explores his identity. The book has been reviewed and featured in NPRPitchfork, among other publications.

Black Card is Chris’s second novel. In 2013, he published the young adult novel Zero Fade.

Before relocating to Los Angeles, Chris spent some of his youth in Richmond, VA. He and I were in the same English department at VCU and played in a punk band together.

I spoke with Chris a year ago when his novel was first being published. I wanted to repurpose that interview for this publication/project but, with the paperback to be published on the eve of the novel’s first birthday, I thought it might be a great time to catch up with him to see how the response to the book has been.

Our conversation was recorded on July 14, 2020.

We talk about the dangers of nostalgia, why racism is a public health issue, and his perspective on the Richmond Confederate statues coming down.

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Thanks for listening. If you’re interested in chatting, my email is jeff@magnetcoilmedia.com.

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