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Posted November 12, 2012
The author is the great-niece of Lewis Michaux, legendary bookse
The author is the great-niece of Lewis Michaux, legendary bookseller of Harlem; she tells the story using written and audio interviews with Michaux, family mementos, and interviews with people who knew the man. Because not all information could be verified or learned, she added her own suppositions to the story. The final product is then a work of fiction which she fully acknowledges. Michaux started with five books and a desire to educate his Harlem neighbors using books "by and about black people." Civil rights leaders visited the National Memorial African Bookstore and Michaux became a person of interest by the FBI as a potential agitator. The bookstore flourished. Black and white photos and illustrations complement the story. 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner. The author won the Coretta Scott King award in 2010 for "Bad News for Outlaws;" this book might win her another such award.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.