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The Living Art of Storytelling

We make it our duty to repeat the powerful stories – Gcina Mhlophe Storytelling is an ancient art; it is also a living art, one that can be experienced at storytelling festivals and events, although such events are generally not widely publicized and you may have to search them out. If you had attended the […]

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Cleveland’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

We’ve all heard of The Booker and other major literary prizes, but who would have known that Cleveland has a great literary prize of its own? I didn’t. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards  claim the likes of Zora Neale Hurston, E.R. Braithwaite, Jamaica Kincaid, Wole Soyinka, Gail Sheehy, Louise Erdrich, Junot Diaz and Chimananda Ngozi Adichie […]

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Star’s Reflection: Listen to the Audio Book

It took hours of recording time, plus editing, but it was all fun.  Thanks to Morgan Eddy for a great job on the recording and editing. Here’s the finished audio version of Star’s Reflection, available on Audible, here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Stars-Reflection-Audiobook/B072884GK7?ref_=a_newreleas_c2_13_t And also through iTunes and Amazon. Of course, the print version is available through Amazon and […]

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A Mission, a Call

Far, far away is Africa. When I first heard of it, they called it the Dark Continent. What was in that darkness? Danger, I imagined. Wild beasts and wild, dark people.  That is what they told me, a lifetime ago. A light has shone on that continent. From the shadows, I’ve caught glimpses of a […]

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Kathakali—Story in Dance

Here’s my continuation of an earlier post on the dance/storytelling traditions of India.  “In the broad, covered corridor – the colonnaded kuthambalum [temple theater] abutting the heart of the temple where the Blue God lived with his flute, the drummers drummed and the dancers danced, their colours turning slowly in the night.” (Roy, 1997, p. […]

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Why I write

I had started to write a review of Everyone Brave is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave for Goodreads when I decided to throw out the review.  Why? It was not because I didn’t like the writing or the story.  It was because reading the novel compelled me to think about the portrayal of black characters in […]

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Mella and the N’Anga: An African Tale

A mythic time in Africa, brought to life in a tale of courage and wisdom.  Mella lives in the long-ago time when the place we now call Zimbabwe was known simply as The Land of the People. In Mopopoto, one of the great hilltop towns held within high stone walls, Mella’s beloved father, the King, […]

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