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Black Is... 1993: Expressions
Booklists for Adults

Maresca, Frank and Ricco, Roger. BILL TRAYLOR: HIS ART, HIS LIFE.
Recently discovered paintings and drawings by a former slave.

Jones, G. William. BLACK CINEMA TREASURES: LOST AND FOUND.
The rediscovery and impact of an old collection of films made by Black filmmakers for Black audiences.

*Branch, William, editor. BLACK THUNDER: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN DRAMA.
"Ma Rainy's Black Bottom," "The Colored Museum," and "Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello" are some of the plays included here.

Tillery, Tyrone. CLAUDE MCKAY: A BLACK POET'S STRUGGLE FOR IDENTITY.
The Jamaican writer whose work illuminated the Harlem Renaissance.

Busby, Margaret, editor. DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA: AND INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF WORDS AND WRITINGS BY WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT FROM THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TO THE PRESENT.

Terada, Rei. DEREK WALCOTT'S POETRY: AMERICAN MIMICRY.

Decosta-Willis, Miriam, et al., editors. EROTIQUE NOIRE: BLACK EROTICA.
A collection of short stories, essays and poems that answer the question, "do Black people actually write that?"

Fabre, Michel. FROM HARLEM TO PARIS: BLACK AMERICAN WRITERS IN FRANCE, 1840-1980.
Expatriates William Wells Brown, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Alex Haley, among many others, recount their experiences.

George, Nelson. IN LIVING COLOR: THE AUTHORIZED COMPANION TO THE FOX TV SERIES.
With cast profiles, original scripts, and lots of photos.

*Copage, Eric V. KWANZAA: AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN CELEBRATION OF CUTLURE AND COOKING.
Stories and recipes reflect the seven principles of this festival.

*Easter, Eric, et al. SONGS OF MY PEOPLE: AFRICAN AMERICANS: A SELF PORTRAIT.
A photographic cross-section of Black life in the U.S.A.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Reader and Information Services; Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Deborah Roach, Codman Square Branch; Miriam Temsky, General Library, Teen Department; Denice Thornhill, Dudley Branch; and Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Chairperson.