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From the Publisher"Teachers, librarians, and students will find this easy-to-read volume useful in identifying and reading about popular African American authors' backgrounds and their works."
American Reference Books Annual
"Of interest to high school readers and older, this volume consists of profiles of 100 popular, contemporary African American authors, mostly those who have become prominent in the past 25 years, but with some seminal figures such as Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. The profiles, which are presented alphabetically, provide brief biographies and discussions of their works, along with complete lists of their publications. Authors were chosen with an emphasis on popular fiction, durability, and US orientation in mind."
Reference & Research Book News
"This great resource covers African-American writers from the well known to the up and coming and covers genres from poetry to contemporary literature and everything in between. This reference is intended to cover popular authors of the last 25 years….Each entry is clear, well organized, and complete with background information about the author's inspiration, influences, adult life, and writing aspirations. A Benchmark Title is included for each author as is a comprehensive bibliography of his or her work….This reference would be invaluable for any school requiring the use of concise African-American author information and review of critical analysis. Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"This book should appeal to a variety of readers. Included along with such standard figurs as Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, and Alice Waters are newer or lesser-known authors. A useful tool for librarians and readers alike, this book is recommended for all collections."