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Givens Foundation selects 2013 featured author



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Black historical fiction writer Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is this year’s featured author for Givens Black Books 2013. Givens Black Books is a community reading campaign sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. The organization has been involved in increasing cultural understanding and learning and celebrating Black authors for 40 years. Rhodes, currently a professor at Arizona State University, is the author of eight novels, four of which — Voodoo Dreams (1995), Magic City (1998), Douglass’ Women (2003) and Ninth Ward (2012) — are this year’s Given Black Books selected works. Her “historical narrative and research” was a primary reason for selecting Rhodes, says Arleta Little, the foundation’s executive director. Continue Reading →

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