Spirit of America Bookstore

America's  Authors
Afro-Americans, Hispanic-Americans,
Native Americans, and Other Ethnicities


James Baldwin [1924-87]         Isaac Bashevis Singer [1904-71]         Nobel- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Toni Morrison         Peabody Prize-winner Luis Valdez         Richard Wright [1908-60] in 1946


The Harlem Renaissance [1919-36] Dept.

Tucson, Arizona School District Book Ban [2012] Dept.

LinksAuthors, A to Z


The Book of American Negro Poetry edited by James Weldon Johnson  "The Book of American Negro Poetry" [orig 1922]
Edited by James Weldon Johnson [1871-1938]

Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [3/2011] for FREE {sic}
Harcourt, Brace & World mass pb [1959] out of print/scarce
Book Jungle 9x7½ pb [5/2008] for $6.71
BiblioLife 9x6 hardcover [8/2008] for $26.09
An Introduction to Spanish-American Literature book by Jean Franco  
"An Introduction To Spanish-American Literature" [orig 1969, rev 1995]
by Jean Franco

Cambridge Univ Press 3rd Edition 8¾x5½ pb [3/95] for $43.72
Cambridge Univ Press 3rd Edition 8¾x5½ hardcover [3/95] for $136.63 {sic}
Black Poets of the United States book by Jean Wagner  "Black Poets of The United States: From Paul Laurence Dunbar To Langston Hughes"
[1973] by Jean Wagner, Translated by Kenneth Douglas, Foreword by Robert Bone

Univ Illinois Press 9x5¾ pb [3/73] for $18.90
Univ Illinois Press 9x6¼ hardcover [3/73] out of print/used
Masterpieces of Afro-American Literature book edited by Frank N. Magill  "Masterpieces of Afro-American Literature" [1992] Edited by Frank N. Magill
600 pages of summaries and analyses of 91 authors and 149 essential Afro-American literary works
Collins Reference 9½x8 hardcover [12/92] out of print/140+ used

one hundred years of Black American short stories anthology edited by John Henrik Clarke  "Black American Short Stories: One Hundred Years of The Best" [1993]
Edited by John Henrik Clarke

Hill & Wang 8¼x5¼ pb [1993] for $12.45
includes 38 tales by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, Lerone Bennett Jr., Arna Bontemps, Frank London Brown, Sterling Brown, Charles Waddell Chesnutt, John Henrik Clarke, Eugenia W. Collier, Arthur P. Davis, John P. Davis, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Rudolph Fisher, Hoyt W. Fuller, Ernest J. Gaines, Loyle Hairston, Martin J. Hamer, Chester Himes, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, LeRoi Jones, Jennifer Jordan, William Melvin Kelley, John O. Killens, Paule Marshall, Claude McKay, James Alan McPherson, Albert Murray, Carl Ruthven Offord, Ann Petry, Rosemarie Robotham, John Caswell Smith, Mary Elizabeth Vroman, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and Frank Yerby

100 Most Influential African-Americans book by Colombus Salley  "The Black 100: A Ranking of The Most Influential African-Americans, Past and Present" [orig 1993, rev 1998] by Colombus Salley
Beyond the obvious – Martin Luther King, Jr. #1 & Frederick Douglass #2 – Afro-American artists and entertainers who made this list include Paul Robeson #24, Langston Hughes #34, Alex Haley #48, James Baldwin #49, Richard Wright #50, Zora Neale Hurston #52, Bill Cosby #62, Duke Ellington #67, Louis Armstrong #68, Toni Morrison #73, Lorraine Hansberry #77, Oscar Micheaux #81, Maya Angelou #85, Dick Gregory #88, Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis #91, Harry Belafonte #92, and Marian Anderson #94
Citadel Press 9x6 pb [rev 1/98] for $18.21
Citadel Press hardcover [2/93] out of print/used
Children of The Night Best Short Stories by Black Writers anthology edited by Gloria Naylor  "Children of The Night: The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, 1967 To The Present" [1995]
Edited & with an Introduction by Gloria Naylor

37 stories by Maya Angelou ("Steady Going Up"), James Baldwin ("Tell Me How Long The Train's Been Gone"), Toni Cade Bambara, Edwidge Danticat ("New York Day Women"), Samuel Delaney, Alexis DeVeaux, Rita Dove ("Second-Hand Man"), Ralph Ellison ("Backwacking, A Plea To The Senator"), Carolyn Ferrell, Thonmas Glave, Jewelle Gomez, Howard Gordon, Sam Greenlee, Carolivia Herron, Kelvin Christopher James, Charles Johnson, Edward P. Jones, Randall Kenan, Jamaica Kincaid ("Blackness"), Andrea Lee, Helen Elaine Lee, Clarence Major, Colleen McElroy, Terry McMillan, James Alan McPherson, Jess Mowry, editor Naylor ("Kiswana Browne"), Diane Oliver, Ann Petry, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Ntozake Shange ("Oh She Gotta Head Fulla Hair"), Joyce Carol Thomas, Alice Walker ("Diary of An African Nun"), Michael Weaver, John Edgar Wideman, Sherley Anne Williams, and Shay Youngblood
Back Bay Books 8½x5½ pb [2/97] for $24.99
Little Brown & Co. 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/96] out of print/70+ used

Words Were All We Had book by Maria de la Luz Reyes  "Words Were All We Had: Becoming Biliterate Against The Odds" [2011]
by Maria de la Luz Reyes, Foreword by Luis C. Moll

A collection of autobiographical narratives of a select group of well-respected educators who attained bi-literacy when they were young students, in the era before bilingual education; celebrates and makes visible a linguistic potential that has been largely ignored in schools – the strong emotional ties that Latinos have to Spanish
Teachers College Press 9x6 pb [3/2011] for $30.45
Teachers College Press 9x6 hardcover [3/2011] for $61.05

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America book by Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney  "Hand In Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America" [YA 2012]
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrations by Brian Pinkney

Profilees are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama
Kindle Edition from Disney Hyperion [11/2012] for $9.99
Hyperion Books 10½x8½ hardcover [10/2012] for $14.39
Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations book edited by Retha Powers  "Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations: 5,000 Years of Literature, Lyrics, Poems, Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs From Voices Around The World" [2013]
Edited by Retha Powers, Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Kindle Edition from Little, Brown/Hachette [12/2013] for $14.44
Little, Brown & Co. 9½x7¾x2½" thick {3 pounds!} hardcover [11/2013] for $30.00

http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Book-African-American-Poetry/dp/0375703004/
http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Water-African-American-Poetry/dp/0451628640/

"The Cambridge Companion To Native American Literature" [7/2005] by Joy Porter and Kenneth M. Roemer
https://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Companion-American-Literature-Companions-ebook/dp/B00AA8JSX2/

"Handbook of Native American Literature" [6/2013] by Andrew Wiget
https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-American-Literature-Reference-Humanities-ebook/dp/B00DL1TPCO/

"Native American Songs and Poems: An Anthology" [Dover Thrift Editions 2/2012] by Brian Swann
https://www.amazon.com/Native-American-Songs-Poems-Anthology-ebook/dp/B00A62YFGW/

"The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature [7/2014] by James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice
https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Indigenous-American-Literature-Handbooks-ebook/dp/B00MN979W8/

"The Routledge Introduction To African American Literature" [2/2016] by D. Quentin Miller
https://www.amazon.com/Routledge-Introduction-American-Literature-Introductions-ebook/dp/B01BP9S6NC/

"The Cambridge History of African American Literature" [9/2014] by Maryemma Graham & Jerry W. Ward, Jr,
https://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-History-African-American-Literature-ebook/dp/B00NSTL6J4/

"Portuguese American Literature" [7/2010] by Reinaldo Francisco Silva
https://www.amazon.com/Portuguese-American-Literature-Contemporary-ebook/dp/B003VS0E36/

"The Wiley Blackwell Anthology of African American Literature, Volume 2: 1920 to the Present" [1/2014] by Gene Andrew Jarrett
https://www.amazon.com/Blackwell-Anthology-African-American-Literature-ebook/dp/B00HXE0SB2/

"Anthology of African American Literature" [5/2010] by William Jordan
https://www.amazon.com/Anthology-African-American-Literature-contents-ebook/dp/B003TFETFA/

"The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature" [11/2015] by Rajini Srikanth and Min Song
https://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-History-Asian-American-Literature-ebook/dp/B017205BUO/

"The Cambridge Companion To Jewish American Literature" [6/2003] by Hana Wirth-Nesher & Michael P. Kramer
https://www.amazon.com/Cambridge-Companion-American-Literature-Companions-ebook/dp/B00A4A66L8/

"A Companion To African American Literature" [Blackwell 2/2013] by Gene Andrew Jarrett
https://www.amazon.com/Companion-American-Literature-Blackwell-Companions-ebook/dp/B00BMU3GR6/

"African-American Literary Criticism, 1773-2000" [8/1999] by Hazel Arnett Ervin
https://www.amazon.com/Critical-Essays-American-Literature-African-American/dp/0805716831/

"A Manual of American Literature" [1969] by John Seely Hart
https://www.amazon.com/Manual-American-Literature-John-Seely/dp/B007BOBEWG/

American Authors Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore
on Page One-A:  Anthologies & Literary History  •  on Page One-B:  Early American Authors
on Page Two:  Early XXth Century Authors - A thru M
on Page Three:  Early XXth Century Authors - N thru Z
on Page Four:  Latter XXth Century Authors - A thru L
on Page Five:  Latter XXth Century Authors - M thru Z
on Page Six:  XX-XXIst Century Authors

New Mexico Authors Page

Authors of Britain PagesAuthors of France Page

American Poets Pages, including The Beats


The  Harlem  Renaissance [circa 1919 to circa 1936]

Library of America Harlem Renaissance Five Novels of the 1920s  "Harlem Renaissance: Five Novels of The 1920s" [2011]
Edited by Rafia Zafar

Library of America 8¼x5 hardcover [9/2011] for $26.03
includes "Cane" [1923] by Jean Toomer, "Home To Harlem" [1928] by Claude McKay, "Quicksand" [1928] by Nella Larsen, "Plum Bun: A Novel Without A Moral" [1928] by Jessie Redmon Fauset, and "The Blacker The Berry" [1929] by Wallace Thurman
Library of America Harlem Renaissance Four Novels of the 1930s  "Harlem Renaissance: Four Novels of The 1930s" [2011]
Edited by Rafia Zafar

Library of America 8¼x5 hardcover [9/2011] for $26.60
includes "Not Without Laughter" [1931] by poet Langston Hughes, "Black No More"
[1931] science fiction novel by George S. Schuyler, "The Conjure-Man Dies" [1932] detective novel by Rudolph Fisher, and "Black Thunder" [1936] by Arna Bontemps

"Harlem Renaissance Novels: The Library of America Collection" Box Set [2011]
Library of America hardcover slipcover set [9/2011] for $44.10

Harlem Renaissance book by Nathan Irvin Huggins  
"Harlem Renaissance" [1972 classic]
by Nathan Irvin Huggins, new Foreword by Arnold Rampersad

Oxford Univ Press 8x5¼ pb [5/2007] for $11.56
Oxford Univ Press hardcover [3/72] out of print/used
Voices from the Harlem Renaissance book edited by Nathan Irvin Huggins  "Voices From The Harlem Renaissance" [1976]
Edited by Nathan Irvin Huggins

over 120 selections from Gwendolyn Bennett, Eubie Blake, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, W.E.B. DuBois, Jessie Redmond Fauset, Rudolph Fisher, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Alain Locke, Fenton Johnson, Helene Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, A. Philip Randolph, George S. Schuyler, Wallace Thurman, Jean Toomer, Dorothy West, Richard Wright, and others, with art by Richmond Barthé, Aaron Douglas, Palmer Hayden, Sargent Johnson, William H. Johnson, Archibald J. Motley, Augusta Savage & Hale Woodruff
Oxford Univ Press 9¼x6 pb [1/95] for $24.99
Oxford Univ Press pb [1976] out of print/used

Harlem Renaissance, Hub of African-American Culture book by Steven Watson  "The Harlem Renaissance: Hub of African-American Culture, 1920-1930" [1995]
by Steven Watson

Pantheon 7¼x7¼ pb [8/96] for $13.35
Pantheon 7½x7½ hardcover [3/95] out of print/many used
Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader book edited by David Levering Lewis  "The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader" [1995]
Edited by David Levering Lewis

poetry, prose, short fiction & self-contained novel excerpts (organized chronologically) of some forty-five Renaissance figures, including: Romare Bearden, Gwendolyn Bennett, Sterling Brown, Countee Cullen, W.E.B. Du Bois, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, Alain Locke, Claude McKay, Wallace Thurman, Jean Toomer, and Richard Wright
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [6/95] for $13.60
Paw Prints 7¾x5 library hardcover [6/2008] for $27.00

Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance YA book edited by Jim Haskins  "Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance: African Americans Who Lived Their Dreams" [YA 2002] Edited by Jim Haskins
Chapters cover Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle, Thomas Andrew Dorsey, W.E.B. Du Bois, Duke Ellington, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Marcus Garvey, W.C. Handy, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Francis Hall Johnson, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Philip A, Payton Jr., Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey, Paul Robeson, Augusta Savage, Bessie Smith, James Van Der Zee, and Dorothy West
Kindle Edition from Wiley & Sons [2002 edition] for $10.99
Wiley & Sons 9x7½ pb [9/2002] for $13.63

Encyclopedia of The Harlem Renaissance book by Aberjhani & Sandra L. West  "Encyclopedia of The Harlem Renaissance" [2003]
by Aberjhani & Sandra L. West, Foreword by Clement Alexander Price

Kindle Edition from Facts On File [2003 edition] for $60.00 {sic}
Checkmark Books/Facts On File Library 11x8½ pb [9/2003] out of print/used
Facts On File Library 11¼x8¾ hardcover [9/2003] out of print/used
Encyclopedia of The Harlem Renaissance in 2 volumes edited by Cary D. Wintz & Paul Finkelman   "Encyclopedia of The Harlem Renaissance - in 2 Volumes" [2004]
Edited by Cary D. Wintz & Paul Finkelman

Kindle Edition from Routledge [12/2012] for $397.79 {sic}
Routledge 11¼x8½x3¼" {1392 pages, 9.2 pounds!} hardcover [10/2004] for $433.92 {sic}
Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance book by Lois Brown  "Encyclopedia of The Harlem Literary Renaissance: The Essential Guide To The Lives and Works of The Harlem Renaissance Writers" [2005]
by Lois Brown

Facts On File/Checkmark Books 9x7¼ pb [9/2006] for $19.76
Facts On File (Literary Movements Series) 9¾x7½ hardcover [10/2005] for $71.25

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Culture-Harlem-Renaissance-Wintz/dp/089096761X/
http://www.amazon.com/Harlem-Renaissance-Black-White/dp/0674372638/
http://www.amazon.com/Harlem-Speaks-Living-History-Renaissance/dp/1402204361/
http://www.amazon.com/Modernism-Harlem-Renaissance-Houston-Baker/dp/0226035255/
http://www.amazon.com/Women-Harlem-Renaissance-Letters/dp/0253209803/

"The Novels of The Harlem Renaissance: Twelve Black Writers, 1923-1933" [Dec 1971] by Amritjit Singh
http://www.amazon.com/Novels-Harlem-Renaissance-Writers-1923-1933/dp/0271012080/


Book Banning To Be Followed By Book Burning?
          In January of 2012, the fascist Board of Education in Tucson, Arizona banned the entire Xicano & Ethnic Studies curriculum from the school district. To prove their power, they sent goon squads into classrooms and pulled the books out of the hands of students and off of library and classroom shelves, then boxed them up and sent them to a secret location. Particular attention was given to seven books, with the full list adding up to 50 written works that apparently threaten the anti-democracy side – plutocrats, oligarchs, the One Percent – in the escalating real-life Class War here in America.
          Various responses are already occurring, including the Librotraficante movement to purchase the banned books elsewhere and smuggle them back into Arizona.

          Coded here are Amazon links for the Seven Major Offenders, as well as for several other authors and books (out of a total of fifty) that were 'Banned In Tucson'.


"Chicano!: The History of The Mexican American Civil Rights Movement" [1996]
by Francisco Arturo Rosales
Chicano History book   Arte Publico Press 11x8½ pb [9/97] for $16.04
Arte Publico Press 11½x9¼ hardcover [3/96] out of print/used
"Chicano! The History of The Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement" [P.B.S. / Galán Prodns documentary April 1996]
Produced by Hector Galán; narrated by Henry Cisneros; won Nosotros Golden Eagle Award
video/DVD not available
full credits from IMDbproducer website


"Critical Race Theory: An Introduction" [2001] by Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic
Kindle Edition from N.Y.U. Press [1/2012] for $8.36
N.Y.U. Press 2nd edition 8x5 pb [1/2012] for $19.00
N.Y.U. Press 2nd edition 8x5 hardcover [1/2012] for $55.00

"500 Years of Chicano History" [1990] Edited by Elizabeth S. Martinez
Rutgers Univ Press bilingual edition 11x8¼ pb [2/2008] for $22.35
Southwest Community Resources 10¾x8½ pb [6/90] out of print/used
official book site {aka "500 Años del Pueblo Chicano"}

"Message To Iztlan: Selected Writings of Rodolfo 'Corky' Gonzales" [2001]
Kindle Edition from Arte Publico Press [2001 edition] for $9.57
Arte Publico Press 8½x5½ pb [11/2001] for $14.95

"Occupied America: A History of Chicanos" [orig 1972] by Rodolfo Acuña
Prentice Hall 7th edition 9x7¼ pb [1/2010] for $63.24

"Pedagogy of The Oppressed" [1968] by Paolo Friere
Continuum 9x6¼ pb [9/2000] for $18.30

"Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years" [1992] Edited by Bill Bigelow & Bob Peterson
Rethinking Schools, Ltd 2nd edition 10½x8¼ pb [9/98] for $11.63

"A Barbie-Doll Pocahontas" [] by Cornel Pewewardy

"A Friend of The Indians" [] by Joseph Bruchac

"A Place To Stand: The Making of A Poet" [2001] by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Kindle Edition from Grove Press [5/2001 edition] for $7.99
Grove Press 8¼x5½ pb [6/2002] for $10.20
Grove Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [5/2001] out of print/many used

"Black Mesa Poems" [] by Jimmy Santiago Baca

"By The Lake of Sleeping Children" [1996] by Luis Albert Urrea
Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [11/2010] for $9.99
Anchor Books 8x5¼ pb [9/96] for $10.99

"Ceremony" [] by Leslie Marmon

"The Delight Song of Tsoai-Talee" [] by N. Scott Momaday

"The Devil’s Highway" [] by Luis Albert Urrea

"Drown" [1996] by Junot Diaz
Kindle Edition from Penguin / Riverhead [7/97 edition] for $12.99
Riverhead Trade 8x5¼ pb [7/97] for $10.20
Riverhead 7¾x5 hardcover [8/96] out of print/dozens used

"The House On Mango Street" [] by Sandra Cisneros

"Justice: A Question of Race" [] by Rodriguez

"Like Water for Chocolate"

"The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight In Heaven" [22 stories 1993] by Sherman Alexie
Grove Press 8¼x5½ pb [2/2005] for $7.73
Atlantic Monthly Press 9x6 hardcover [1993] out of print/many used

"My Country, 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying" by Native Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie

"Nobody's Son: Notes From An American Life" [1998] by Luis Albert Urrea
Univ Arizona Press 8x6½ pb [8/2002] for $14.95
Univ Arizona Press 10¾x8½ hardcover [8/98] out of print/many used

"Ocean Power, Poems From The Desert" [] by O'odham poet Ofelia Zepeda

"The Tempest" stageplay [1611] by Wm. Shakespeare [1564-1616]
Kindle Edition from Digireads [3/2004 edition] for $2.24 {sic}
Simon & Schuster mass pb [6/2004] for $5.99
Digireads 8x5 pb [2005] for $4.95

"Ten Little Indians" [] by Sherman Alexie

"Three Thousand Dollar Death Song" [] by Wendy Rose

"To The Women of The World: Our Future, Our Responsibility" [] by Winona LaDuke

"We Have No Reason To Celebrate" [] by Suzan Shown Harjo

"Why I'm Not Thankful For Thanksgiving" [] by Michael Dorris

"The X In La Raza" [] by Rodriguez

"Zapata's Disciple: Essays" [1999] by Martín Espada
South End Press 8¼x5½ pb [7/99] for $14.00
South End Press 8¾x5½ hardcover [7/99] out of print/used

and books by authors Ana Castillo, Dagoberto Gilb, and Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

There are a total of about fifty books on the 'Banned in Tucson' proscribed list.


L i n k s
Latina Women’s League [est. 2005] based in Florida
  National Latino Writers Conference [May 2012 = #10] in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Huffington Post July 2012 "50 Books That Every African-American Should Read" slide show
International Latino Book Awards [May 2013 = #14] in New York City
Center for Black Literature [est. 2002] at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn
biannual National Black Writers Conference [March 2014 = #12] in New York City
National Hispanic Heritage Month [est. 1968, expanded 1988], which runs from September 15th to October 15th


Authors,  A to Z

March 2016 article "A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction" by Nisi Shawl

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Rodolfo Acuña

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Sherman Alexie

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Spirit of America Bookstore's
New Mexico author Rudolfo Anaya Page

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Maya Angelou [1928-2014]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou

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Jimmy Santiago Baca

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James Baldwin [1924-87]
browse booksbrowse audioIMDb listingBroadway creditsWikipedia

Random House/Vintage James Baldwin pages
WB's James Baldwin page

Library of America James Baldwin   Baldwin: Collected Essays [1998] Edited by Toni Morrison
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [2/98] for $23.10
includes essays from "Notes of A Native Son" [1955], "Nobody Knows My Name" [1961], "The Fire Next Time" [1963], "No Name In The Street" [1972] & "The Devil Finds Work" [1976], plus 36 more
Baldwin: Early Novels & Stories [1998] Edited by Toni Morrison
Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [2/98] for $23.10
includes novels "Go Tell It On The Mountain" [1953], "Giovanni's Room" [1956] & "Another Country"
[1962], and stories from "Going To Meet The Man" [1965]


Outlaw Marriages / Same-Sex Couples book by Rodger Streitmatter  "Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples" [2012]
by Rodger Streitmatter

chapters/subjects include: Walt Whitman & Peter Doyle, 1865-1892; Martha Carey Thomas & Mamie Gwinn, 1878-1904; Ned Warren & John Marshall, 1884-1927; Mary Rozet Smith & Jane Addams, 1891-1934; Bessie Marbury & Elsie de Wolfe, 1892-1933; J.C. Leyendecker & Charles Beach, 1901-51; Alice B. Toklas & Gertrude Stein, 1907-46; Janet Flanner & Solita Solano, 1919-75; Greta Garbo & Mercedes de Acosta, 1931-60; Aaron Copland & Victor Kraft, 1932-76; Frank Merlo & Tennessee Williams, 1948-63; James Baldwin & Lucien Happersberger, 1949-87; Robert Rauschenberg & Jasper Johns, 1954-62; Ismail Merchant & James Ivory, 1961-2005; and Frances Clayton & Audre Lorde, 1968-88
Kindle Edition from Beacon Press [5/2012] for $13.99
Beacon Press pb [5/2013] for $12.97
Beacon Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [5/2012] for $17.79
Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems poetry collection by James Baldwin  "James Baldwin: Jimmy's Blues and Other Poems" [2014]
Introduction by Nikky Finney

includes all nineteen poems from "Jimmy’s Blues" and all six poems from the
limited-edition "Gypsy", of which only 325 copies were ever printed
Kindle Edition from Beacon Press [4/2014] for $9.99
Beacon Press 8½x5¾ pb [4/2014] for $11.85

"Letter To Jimmy" [Soft Skull Press] by novelist Alain Mabanckou 9781593766016
An exploration of the challenges facing black writers and James Baldwin's impact on the author

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sci-fi author Octavia E. Butler [1947-2006]
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

Octavia E. Butler biography by Gerry Canavan  "Octavia E. Butler (Modern Masters of Science Fiction)" [2016]
by Gerry Canavan

Kindle Edition from Univ Illinois Press [11/2016] for $11.99
Univ Illinois Press 9x6 pb [11/2016] for $22.00
Univ Illinois Press hardcover [11/2016] for $95.00 {sic}
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Raymond Carver [1938-88]
browse booksbrowse audiocredits at IMDbWikipedia

PC's Raymond Carver fansite
PR's 'Carversite' fansite

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Ana Castillo

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Sandra Cisneros
http://www.sandracisneros.com/
P.B.S. 'Makers Profiles' short videos of Sandra Cisneros

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Dr. Vine Deloria, Jr. [1933-2005]: browse books

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Junot Diaz

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Ralph Ellison [1913-94]
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

PBS documentary
AALBC's Ralph Ellison webpage

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Martín Espada

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Rudolph Fisher [1897-1934]
Wikipedia

"The Walls of Jericho" [1928 novel]

The Conjure-Man Dies detective novel by Rudolph Fisher  "The Conjure-Man Dies: A Mystery Tale of Dark Harlem" [1932 classic]
The first Afro-American detective in the first mystery novel by an Afro-American author; the victim is an African prince graduated from Harvard; the other main characters include a physician, a mortician, an N.Y.P.D. detective, and Bubber Brown, a former street cleaner turned private eye.
Univ Michigan Press 8x5¼ pb [4/92] for $16.95
X Press 7¾x5 pb [1997] out of print/used
Ayer Co. Publng 8¼x5¼ hardcover [12/92] for $35.95
8/2011 review at the FemmeNoir weblog

"City of Refuge: The Collected Stories of Rudolph Fisher" [Univ Missouri Press anthology 1991]

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Dagoberto Gilb

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Rodolfo 'Corky' Gonzales

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Alex Haley [1921-92]

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Lorraine Hansberry [1930-65]

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gay black author E. Lynn Harris [1955-2009]
wrote ten consecutive New York Times bestsellers
browse booksofficial websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

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Chester B. Himes [1909-84]
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

SWW's Chester B. Himes fansite
Friends of Chester Himes fansite

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Langston Hughes [1925-90]
browse booksIMDb listingWikipedia

Langston Hughes page at A.A.L.B.C.

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Zora Neale Hurston [1891-1960]
browse booksbrowse DVDsIMDb listingWikipedia

KH's Zora Neale Hurston fansite
Zora Neale Hurston page at A.A.L.B.C.

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Winona LaDuke

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Nella Larsen [1891-1964]

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Fiction-Nella-Larsen-Quicksand/dp/0385721005/

"Nella Larsen, Novelist of The Harlem Renaissance: A Woman's Life Unveiled" []
by Thadious M. Davis http://www.amazon.com/Nella-Larsen-Novelist-Harlem-Renaissance/dp/0807120707/

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William Least Heat-Moon
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Julius Lester [b. 1939]
Afro-American children's author born in St. Louis, Missouri

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L.A. Times columnist Al Martinez
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Elizabeth S. Martinez

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Jamaican-American writer & poet Festus Claudius 'Claude' McKay [1889-1948]
The first Afro-American to have a bestselling novel in the U.S.; in 1977 he was named the national poet of Jamaica.
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"Songs of Jamaica" [poetry 1912]
"Constab Ballads" [poetry 1912]
"Spring In New Hampshire and Other Poems" [1920]
"Harlem Shadows" [poetry 1922]
"Home To Harlem" [1928]
"Banjo: A Novel" [1929]
"Banana Bottom" [1933]
"Gingertown" [1932]
"A Long Way from Home" non-fiction [1937]
"Harlem: Negro Metropolis" non-fiction [1940]
"Harlem Glory" [written 1940, publd 1990]

"Amiable With Big Teeth: A Newly-Discovered Novel"  2/2017
[written 1941, publd 2017]
Amiable With Big Teeth long-lost novel by Claude McKay  Edited by Jean-Christophe Cloutier & Brent Hayes Edwards • An ambitious satirical novel written under contract and completed in 1941; but the ms was rejected and somehow vanished into the files of an independent publisher; full subtitle: A Novel of The Love Affair Between The Communists and The Poor Black Sheep of Harlem"; ms was rediscovered in 2012, and this is its first publication
Kindle Edition from Penguin Classics [2/2017] for $14.99
Penguin Classics 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2017] for $14.64
Blackstone Audio UNABR MP-3 CD read by Prentice Onayemi [3/2017] for $29.95
"The Selected Poems of Claude McKay" [1953]
"My Green Hills of Jamaica" non-fiction [1979]

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filmmaker & novelist
Oscar Micheaux [1884-1951] Page

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N. Scott Momaday

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prize-winning Toni Morrison
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1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
1993 Nobel Prize in Literature

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Walter Mosley
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Easy Rawlins Mystery Novel Series
Fearless Jones Mystery Novel Series
Leonid McGill Mystery Novel Series
Socrates Fortlow Mystery Novel Series

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children's author Walter Dean Myers [1937-2014]
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Luis J. Rodriguez
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novel "Music of The Mill"

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martyred reporter Rubén Salazar [1928-70]

"Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle" docufilm [] directed by Phillip Rodriguez

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Spirit of America Bookstore's
Armenian-American author
William Saroyan [1908-81] Page

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George Samuel Schuyler [1895-1977]

"Black No More" [1931 novel] the story of a scientist who develops a process that turns black people to white, since reprinted twice;
two of Schuyler's targets in the book were Christianity and organized religion

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playwright & poet Ntozake Shange
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Yiddish-American author
Isaac Bashevis Singer [1904-71]

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1978 Nobel Prize in Literature
PBS special

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Afro-American writer Wallace Henry Thurman [1902–34]

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Japanese-American writer Yoshiko Uchida [1921–92]
wrote over thirty books for children & adults, often dealing with her family's time in America's World War II Internment Camps
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Journey To Topaz novel by Yoshiko Uchida  "Journey To Topaz: A Story of The Japanese-American Evacuation"
[ages 9 & up; 1971 classic] by Yoshiko Uchida

Young reader fiction based on the author's experiences at the Topaz Internment Camp in Utah; 2004 edition illustrated by Donald Carrick.
Heyday Books 8x5½ pb [10/2004] for $8.96
Scribner's 8x5½ hardcover [1971] out of print/many used
Journey Home novel for young readers by Yoshiko Uchida  "Journey Home" [ages 10 & up; 1978] by Yoshiko Uchida
After release from a World War II internment camp, a Japanese-American family struggles to reconstruct their lives in Berkeley, California.
Aladdin Books 7½x5 pb [10/92] for $5.64
Margaret K. McElderry Books 8½x5½ hardcover [9/78] out of print/used
Desert Exile autobiography by Yoshiko Uchida  "Desert Exile: The Uprooting of A Japanese American Family" [1982]
by Yoshiko Uchida

Univ Washington Press 8½x6¼ pb [6/82] for $13.56
Univ Washington Press 8½x6¼ hardcover [6/82] out of print/many used

"Samurai of Gold Hill" [1972] by Yoshiko Uchida, Illustrated by Ati Forberg
http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Gold-Hill-Yoshiko-Uchida/dp/1597140155/

"The Bracelet" [1976]

"Picture Bride" [1987]

"The Invisible Thread: A Memoir" [1991] by Yoshiko Uchida
http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Thread-Yoshiko-Uchida/dp/0671741632/

"Takao and Grandfather" [1993] by Yoshiko Uchida & William M. Hutchinson
http://www.amazon.com/Takao-Grandfather-Literature-Experience-1993/dp/0395618150/

Rinko Series by Yoshiko Uchida
Books detail life in Oakland, California during the Great Depression period, when there were still farms
in the hills; "Best Bad Thing" was made into a famous Japanese NHK-TV drama [May 1997] /tt0156022/
http://www.dhxmedia.com/shows/liveaction/bestbadthingthe.html
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Bad-Thing-Lana-McKisaick/dp/B000FU070I/

"A Jar of Dreams" [#1 = 1981] by Yoshiko Uchida
http://www.amazon.com/Jar-Dreams-Yoshiko-Uchida/dp/0689716729/

"The Best Bad Thing" [#2 = 1983] by Yoshiko Uchida
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Thing-Aladdin-Historical-Fiction/dp/0689717458/

"The Happiest Ending" [#3 = 1985] by Yoshiko Uchida

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Luis Albert Urrea

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Luis Valdez
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El Teatro Campesino [est. 1965]

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Xicano author José Antonio Villarreal [1924-2010]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Antonio_Villarreal

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Víctor Villaseñor: booksofficial website

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Alice Walker [1921-92]
P.B.S. 'Makers Profiles' short videos of Alice Walker

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Eric Walrond [1898-1966]
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Tropic Death story collection by Eric Walrond  "Tropic Death" [Liveright 1926]
by Eric Walrond, Introduction by Arnold Rampersad

Short story collection, each set in Barbados, the Canal Zone, British Guiana, or Panama
Liveright 8x6 pb [9/2013] for $11.97
Liveright 8¼x5¾ hardcover [1/2013] for $16.26
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Richard Wright [1908-60]
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University of Buffalo's Richard Wright website
http://www.loa.org/volume.jsp?RequestID=68
http://www.loa.org/volume.jsp?RequestID=96

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Frank Yerby [1916-91]
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Ebony Magazine
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Latina Magazine
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