A Woman in Berlin, by Anonymous, is a book about mass rape during Word War II, including the author’s own violations. The forward and introduction state that the thirty-four year-old author was a professional journalist, who remained objective, even instilling bits of humor into her story. In 2001, after her death, the public learned that […]
Recently, when a neighbor’s son started medical school, he told me he would have to learn 15,000 new words in the next four years. What I found most interesting was that as a college graduate, his vocabulary already consisted of approximately 15,000 words. Although I don’t have a precise number of new terms, skills or […]
In July, ‘Hamilton,’ the hugely popular Off-Broadway hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton will move to Broadway. Now, there’s also ‘Clinton: The Musical,’ a comedy that parodies President Bill Clinton’s highs and lows. Besides Hillary running for president, why this sudden interest in an impeached president who’s been out of office fifteen years, and a […]
So, my hubby and harshest writing critic, who mostly reads non-fiction, condescended to finally start reading my new novel, Afterlife in Harlem. He called me from work to say, “You left this morning before I could tell you that your prologue is really good, especially the dialogue. I’m surprised that it held my interest; a […]
About fifty pages in, it becomes obvious why “Unbroken” has topped bestseller lists for three years and is again at number one in this week’s New York Times Book Review. It’s a riveting account of what American POWs endured in Japanese captivity during World War II. The book focuses on Louie Zamperini, a colorful character […]
My thanks to Martha Senior, Lonetta Oliver and the students at Flo Valley Community College for inviting me to speak to the students about “Sugar Hill” and the history of the Harlem.
This weeks blogroll links to an article and documentary film, “Homegoings” about black funerals. The film brought on a rush of memories of Sunday mornings with my father on Seventh Avenue in Harlem. The owners of the three funeral parlors, Grifffin-Peters, Rodney Dade and Claude Sterrett were my father’s neighbors and friends. Watch Homegoings – […]
When I got the email informing me “Sugar Hill” was a finalist for two Benjamin Franklin Awards, in Autobiography/Memoir and Multicultural, I figured I might have a shot at winning Multicultural, but not Autobiography because the market is saturated with memoirs. A Franklin is not a Nobel, but it’s a respected award for authors and […]