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  • (anthology) Burnett, Whit, editor
    BLACK HANDS ON A WHITE FACE, a Timepiece of Experiences in a Black and White America.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1971. dj. Hardcover first edition - An anthology of stories, many published originally in "Story Magazine" by such notable writers, black and white, as Faulkner, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Robert Penn Warren. Also includes the first publication of a story by Puerto Rican born writer Edward Rivera.

    Condition: F/G (tape repaired tear on front cover, other edgewear to dj.)

    Book ID: 4938
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  • (Anthology) Davis, Arthur P. and Redding, Saunders, editors.
    CAVALCADE: NEGRO AMERICAN WRITING FROM 1760 TO THE PRESENT

    Edition: First edition. Special hardcover review copy stamped on front pastedown: "Not To Be Sold Before Jan

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Includes introductions to each section, and brief biographical introductions to the individual author's selections. A wide-ranging anthology, from Phillis Wheatley, William Wells Brown and Sojourner Truth thru Chestnutt, Dunbar, the Harlem Renaissance and including James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Gwendolyn Brooks, Don Lee, and Sonia Sanchez, among many others. Whenever possible, the selections have been printed in their entirety. A massive book, 897 pgs, including an index and bibliography. ISBN: 0-395-04345x.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated brown cloth covered boards / no dj as issued. INSCRIBED on the dedication page by Saunders Redding and uncommon thus.

    Book ID: 22839
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  • BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN FICTION 2009. by [Anthology, signed] Harris, E. Lynn, editor. Jacqueline Woodson, Junot Diaz, Emily Raboteau and Samuel R. Delany, signed.
    [Anthology, signed] Harris, E. Lynn, editor. Jacqueline Woodson, Junot Diaz, Emily Raboteau and Samuel R. Delany, signed.
    BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN FICTION 2009.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Bantam, (2009.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED by FOUR authors at their contributions - Jacqueline Woodson, Junot Diaz, Emily Raboteau; and Samuel R. Delany. Also includes stories or excerpts from their novels by Chris Abani, Mat Johnson; Michael Thomas; Walter Dean Myers; Z. Z. Packer; Tiphanie Yanique; Edward P. Jones; Helen Elaine Lee; Edward P. Jones, Christopher Paul Curtis and more. Introductions by the series editor Gerald Early and guest editor E. Lynn Harris. xvii, 316 pp. ISBN: 0-553-385348.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 56499
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  • BREAKING ICE: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. by [Anthology - signed] McMillan, Terry, editor. Preface by John Edgar Wideman.
    [Anthology - signed] McMillan, Terry, editor. Preface by John Edgar Wideman.
    BREAKING ICE: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    New York: Penguin, (1990). SIGNED first edition - A significant anthology with contributions from both established and emerging writers, including Tina McElroy Ansa, Octavia Butler, James Alan McPherson, John Mc Cluskey, Ernest Gaines, Rita Dove, Darryl Pinckney, Connie Porter, Barbara Neely, Wesley Brown, Becky Birtha, Amiri Baraka, Alice Walker, Connie Porter, Gayl Jones, Al Young and many others. SIGNED by Samuel Delany at his contribution. Preface by John Edgar Wideman. Notes on contributors. 690 pp. ISBN: 0-14-0116974.

    Condition: Very good in glossy illustrated wrappers (usual toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 58752
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  • BREAKING ICE: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction. by [Anthology - signed] McMillan, Terry, editor. Preface by John Edgar Wideman. Al Young, signed.
    [Anthology - signed] McMillan, Terry, editor. Preface by John Edgar Wideman. Al Young, signed.
    BREAKING ICE: An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Fiction.

    Edition: Trade paperback, Book of the Month club edition.

    New York: Penguin, (1990). SIGNED - A significant anthology with contributions from both established and emerging writers, including Tina McElroy Ansa, Octavia Butler, James Alan McPherson, John Mc Cluskey, Ernest Gaines, Rita Dove, Darryl Pinckney, Connie Porter, Barbara Neely, Wesley Brown, Becky Birtha, Amiri Baraka, Alice Walker, Connie Porter, Gayl Jones, Al Young and many others. SIGNED by Al Young at his contribution. Preface by John Edgar Wideman. Notes on contributors. 690 pp. ISBN: 0-14-0116974.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 65767
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  • IN SEARCH OF COLOR EVERYWHERE, a Collection of African-American Poetry. by (Anthology, signed) Miller, E. Ethelbert, editor, Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, Michelle Clinton and others, signed.
    (Anthology, signed) Miller, E. Ethelbert, editor, Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, Michelle Clinton and others, signed.
    IN SEARCH OF COLOR EVERYWHERE, a Collection of African-American Poetry.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Stewatt, Tabori & Chang, 1994. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A lovely book, slightly oversized, illustrated by Terrance Cummings. The poems are arranged thematically, and so in the section on "Freedom" Henry Dumas's "Root Song" is followed by the 19th c poet, Frances E. W. Harper's "The Slave Auction." SIGNED by SEVEN contributors - E. Ethelbert Miller on the title page, Alice Walker and Ntozake Shange on the half title page, and Michelle Clinton, Peter Harris, Al Young and Ishmael Reed at their contributions. Many of the signatures are dated 1994 in the year of publication. Index of title and of authors. ISBN: 1-556703392.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (light coffee splash to upper edge of textblock, slightly affecting the interior of the dj and the front pastedown, not affecting the actual text of the book, which is otherwise a tight and sturdy copy) Uncommon with several signatures.

    Book ID: 79343
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  • YARDBIRD READER, VOLUME II (2, Two). by [Anthology, signed] Reed, Ishmael, editor. Al Young, Shawn Hsu Wong and Frank Chin, signed
    [Anthology, signed] Reed, Ishmael, editor. Al Young, Shawn Hsu Wong and Frank Chin, signed
    YARDBIRD READER, VOLUME II (2, Two).

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Yardbird Publishing Cooperative, (1973.). SIGNED first edition - Second volume of this rather brief-lived, but extremely interesting, and 'cutting edge' journal, founded, according Reed's introduction, to 'publish the finest work by Afro-American artists without regard to ideological or aesthetic affiliation' and inspired by the creativity of jazz saxaphonist Charlie Parler, "Yardbird." By this issue, the contributors are no longer all African American but represent America in all its diversity - Afro-American, Chinese American, Japanese American, Filipino American, Anglo American, Franco American, Chicano, and more - and also African and Columbian. SIGNED by FOUR contributors: Al Young at his story "Boogie Sunday," Ishmael Reed at his interview with George Schuyler and by Shawn Hsu Wong and Frank Chin…

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    Berkeley, CA: Yardbird Publishing Cooperative, (1973.). SIGNED first edition - Second volume of this rather brief-lived, but extremely interesting, and 'cutting edge' journal, founded, according Reed's introduction, to 'publish the finest work by Afro-American artists without regard to ideological or aesthetic affiliation' and inspired by the creativity of jazz saxaphonist Charlie Parler, "Yardbird." By this issue, the contributors are no longer all African American but represent America in all its diversity - Afro-American, Chinese American, Japanese American, Filipino American, Anglo American, Franco American, Chicano, and more - and also African and Columbian. SIGNED by FOUR contributors: Al Young at his story "Boogie Sunday," Ishmael Reed at his interview with George Schuyler and by Shawn Hsu Wong and Frank Chin at their essay "Aiieee! An Introduction to Asian American Writing." Also includes contributions from Joyce Thomas, Wilson Riles, Jr, Michael S. Harper, Jack Micheline, Melvin Dixon, Jay Wright, June Jordon, Nate Mackey, Charlotte Painter and others. 184 pages.

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    Condition: Just about fine in stiff illustrated wrappers (price stamped on top edge)

    Book ID: 67309
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  • (anthology) Stadler, Quandra Prettyman, editor.
    OUT OF OUR LIVES, A Collection of Contemporary Black Fiction.

    Edition: 3rd printing (originally published in 1975.)

    Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1982. dj. Hardcover - Includes works by such authors as Baraka, Ann Petry, Ernest Gaines, Albert Murray, Shirley Ann Williams, Darrell Gray, Louise Merriweather, Cyrus Colter, etc. Each story is introduced by Stadler. 298 pp. ISBN: 0-88258-0272.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 32863
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  • (anthology) Stadler, Quandra Prettyman, editor.
    OUT OF OUR LIVES, A Collection of Contemporary Black Fiction.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Washington, DC: Howard University Press, 1981. Includes works by such authors as Baraka, Ann Petry, Ernest Gaines, Albert Murray, Shirley Ann Williams, Darrell Gray, Louise Merriweather, Cyrus Colter, etc. Each story is introduced by Stadler. 298 pp. ISBN: 0-88258-0957.

    Condition: Very good (some curling to the covers, crease to corner of front cover.)

    Book ID: 33670
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  • DUEY'S TALE. by Bailey, Pearl.
    Bailey, Pearl.
    DUEY'S TALE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, (1975.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - African American singer, actress and entertainer's first children's book, a charming allegory of a maple seedling that falls from his mother tree, befriends a discarded bottle and a log while searching for his own place in life. Boldly INSCRIBED but NOT signed by Bailey on the half title page with the notation "Pre release copy" and "To P-- and family, You are a 'Duey.' " Illustrated with photographs by Arnold Skolnick & Gary Azon. Square format. 59 pp. ISBN: 0-15-1265763.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (some crinkling to front endpaper, short closed tears to dj, creasing on front flap.)

    Book ID: 56023
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  • WORKINGS OF THE SPIRIT: The Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writings. by Baker, Houston A. Jr.
    Baker, Houston A. Jr.
    WORKINGS OF THE SPIRIT: The Poetics of Afro-American Women's Writings.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. A look both at "black studies" in general and at African American women's writing from Pauline Hopkins and Frances Harper to Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shange. With a phototext by Elizabeth Alexander and Patricia Redmond - the numerous black and white photographs are powerful and eloquent. Notes, index. 239 pp. ISBN: 0-226-035239.

    Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 70030
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  • JUST ABOVE MY HEAD by Baldwin, James
    Baldwin, James
    JUST ABOVE MY HEAD

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1979. dj. Hardcover first edition - A complex novel following the story of three extraordinary individuals (including Sister Julia, a "fire-baptized" child evangelist called to the ministry when she was nine), through three decades, from Harlem to Paris to Birmingham. ISBN: 0-803794772.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket (remainder spray bottom edge as this is frequently found, but otherwise a tight and clean copy, apparently unread and uncommon in this condition.)

    Book ID: 79885
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  • BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play. by Baldwin, James.
    Baldwin, James.
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes Baldwin's prefatory note in which he states that this play is based, very distantly, on the murder of Emmett Till. Dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evars. xv, 121 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a very good dust jacket (prev owner's name and some underlining in the preface, tear and chip to upper edge of front cover of dj.) Laid in is the cover to the May 17, 1963 issue of Time Magazine with a picture of Baldwin, and several pages from that issue on the civil rights struggle in general and on James Baldwin,

    Book ID: 46991
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  • NO NAME IN THE STREET. by Baldwin, James.
    Baldwin, James.
    NO NAME IN THE STREET.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Dial Press, 1972. First edition - Uncommon advance issue (cover says "Uncorrected Galleys") of this very personal book by one of the most important African American novelist, essayist and playwright - this deals with the history of the 1960's and early 1970's. He remembers the Harlem childhood that shaped his early conciousness, the murders of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, his sojourns in Europe and in Hollywood, and his return to the American South to confront a violent America, including the killing of George Jackson, the trial of Angela Davis. 190 pp.

    Condition: Very good (tape reinforcement to the spine, handwritten notation on the cover 'please do not review until' with an arrow down to 'May 26,1972.'

    Book ID: 42231
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  • Baldwin, James.
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition - Includes Baldwin's prefatory note in which he states that this play is based, very distantly, on the murder of Emmett Till. Dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evars. xv, 121 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in a very good dust jacket (prev owner's name, some wear to black dj at ends of spine.)

    Book ID: 7686
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  • Baldwin, James.
    BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE. A Play.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1964. dj. Hardcover first edition -

    Condition: Ex-library, with pocket, peeled spot on the front pastedown, other library signs, in a very good dj,pc, spine label. Overall, the book is tight, and the interior contents are clean.

    Book ID: 5313
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  • Baldwin, James.
    TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN'S BEEN GONE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1968. Hardcover -

    Condition: Ex-library with a missing front endpaper, peeled spot on rear pastedown, lacking the dj. A good reading copy only.

    Book ID: 20650
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  • [Baldwin, James] Campbell, James.
    TALKING AT THE GATES: A Life of James Baldwin.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    London: Faber & Faber, 1992. Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 306 pgs.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 14268
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  • [Baldwin, James] Campbell, James.
    TALKING AT THE GATES: A Life of James Baldwin.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: The Viking Press, (1991.). Photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 306 pgs.

    Condition: Near fine in glossy illustrated wrappers (prev owner's name.)

    Book ID: 39799
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  • THE AMEN CORNER. by Baldwin, James (Dillon, Leo and Diane, illustrators.)
    Baldwin, James (Dillon, Leo and Diane, illustrators.)
    THE AMEN CORNER.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, 1968. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - An absolutely beautiful copy of this rather uncommon play by Baldwin.

    Condition: SIGNED on the title page by Leo and Diane Dillon who did the illustration on the dustjacket and two illustrations in the book. Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 20765
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  • THE SALT EATERS. by Bambara, Toni Cade.
    Bambara, Toni Cade.
    THE SALT EATERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel, preceded by several volumes of highly praised short stories, set somewhere in the South, at a radical medical center where the 'salt eaters' - those Black people who come to the center searching for a healing - will watch an event take place that will alter their lives. 295 pp. ISBN: 0-394-507126.

    Condition: Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (appears unread, but with a remainder mark).

    Book ID: 80063
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  • THE SALT EATERS. by Bambara, Toni Cade.
    Bambara, Toni Cade.
    THE SALT EATERS.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Random House, (1980.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel, preceded by several volumes of highly praised short stories, set somewhere in the South, at a radical medical center where the 'salt eaters' - those Black people who come to the center searching for a healing - will watch an event take place that will alter their lives. 295 pp. ISBN: 0-394-507126.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 5511
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  • DAUGHTER. by Bandele, Asha.
    Bandele, Asha.
    DAUGHTER.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Scribner, (2003.). First edition - A moving first novel by this African American poet and mother: Miriam finds her world shattered when her daughter is shot by a white police officer in a case of mistaken identity, a situation that forces her to confront her past, her identity - a novel 'that explores the perils of silence and illuminates the fragile complexity of the mother-daughter bond.'. 264 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrapppers.

    Book ID: 76176
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  • Baraka, Amiri.
    TALES OF THE OUT & THE GONE. Short Stories.

    Edition: First printing in wrappers. No hardcover edition.

    New York: Akashic Books, (2007.). SIGNED first edition - A collection of short fiction, from the early 70's to the present, most not previously published: 'the first section of the book, "War Stories," offers six stories enmeshed in the volatile politics of the 1970s and 1980s. The second section, "Tales of the Out & the Gone," reveals Baraka's increasing literary adventurousness, combining an unpredictable language play with a passion for abstraction and psychological exploration.' Among his many honors, Baraka was the controversial "last" Poet Laureate of New Jersey and awarded the James Weldon Johnson medal for outstanding contribution to the arts. INSCRIBED on the half title page and dated 2/19/07, in the year of publication. 221 pp plus 2 pp of publisher's advertisements. ISBN: 1-933354127.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in illustrated wrappers with self-flaps.

    Book ID: 38147
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  • Baraka, Amiri (aka LeRoi Jones.)
    THE SIDNEY POET HEROICAL in 29 Scenes.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover.

    New York: I. Reed Books, (1979.). First edition - A rather strange political play by this African-American poet and playwright - Sidney Poet is "a strong black dude" who came from the West Indies to make it as actor. 106 pp. Cover by C, K. Conridge. ISBN: 0-918408-121.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 50696
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  • DEATH IS A FORM OF IGNORANCE: Mixed Media. by Baraka, Amiri (Imanu).
    Baraka, Amiri (Imanu).
    DEATH IS A FORM OF IGNORANCE: Mixed Media.

    Edition: First printing.

    Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery Graphics, (1996.). A collection of pages from 3 of his notebooks, in which Baraka merges the printed word with graphic design, covering a period of over 30 years, from the 1950s when he was in Greenwich Village with Frank O'Hara and Larry Rivers. Published in conjunction with an exhibit being held at the University of Charleston. Although the introduction mentions 450 copies, the editor, William Plumley stated that the actual edition was 250, of which approximately half were signed on the title page. This is one of the SIGNED copies. Baraka defies classification - a beat poet, a playright, an artist, a member of the New York school - but perhaps most proudly a black…

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    Charleston, WV: Parchment Gallery Graphics, (1996.). A collection of pages from 3 of his notebooks, in which Baraka merges the printed word with graphic design, covering a period of over 30 years, from the 1950s when he was in Greenwich Village with Frank O'Hara and Larry Rivers. Published in conjunction with an exhibit being held at the University of Charleston. Although the introduction mentions 450 copies, the editor, William Plumley stated that the actual edition was 250, of which approximately half were signed on the title page. This is one of the SIGNED copies. Baraka defies classification - a beat poet, a playright, an artist, a member of the New York school - but perhaps most proudly a black activist. 34 pages, large format (approximately 8x11), inside sheets matte finish, fine paper, printed in black and white, brief introduction, biographical information and back cover by Plumley. A full color image of the black and white one on the cover is tipped inside the front cover.

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    Condition: Fine in stapled, glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 55066
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  • TALES. by Baraka, Amiri (Leroi Jones)
    Baraka, Amiri (Leroi Jones)
    TALES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Grove Press, (1967) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of 16 short pieces - mostly prose, but some a combination of prose and poetry. INSCRIBED on the title page by Jones as Amiri Baraka. 132 pp.

    Condition: Ex-library with stamps, pocket removal, but overall tight and clean in a near fine dj (the previous dj protector left lines of purplish discoloration which shows on the white background of the dj.)

    Book ID: 77362
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  • Barker, Anthony J.
    CAPTAIN CHARLES STUART, Anglo-American Abolitionist

    Edition: First printing.

    Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1986. Hardcover first edition - The first full-length study of this little known and controversial figure - the only man to be employed as an agent of anti-slavery societies on both continents. Includes bibliography, index.

    Condition: F/F.

    Book ID: 6043
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  • THE ROAD TO MAKOKOTA. by Barnett, Stephen.
    Barnett, Stephen.
    THE ROAD TO MAKOKOTA.

    Edition: First printing.

    San Francisco: MacAdam / Cage, (2004.) dj. Hardcover first edition - First novel by this African American writer, set in a war-torn former British colony in West Africa, this is based, in part, on his Peace Corps experience in Sierra Leone. Described as a 'harrowing and compelling' debut. 202 pp. ISBN: 1931561605.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 46112
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  • FROM A PERSON SITTING IN DARKNESS: New and Selected Poems. by Barrax, Gerald
    Barrax, Gerald
    FROM A PERSON SITTING IN DARKNESS: New and Selected Poems.

    Edition: First printing.

    Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998. dj. Hardcover first edition - The fifth book by this highly praised African American poet, one which collects 104 poems, including 18 new poems. A title in the Southern Messenger Poets series. xiii, 101 pp. ISBN: 0-807123137.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 68302
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