From the editor-in-chief.
We also hold to the truism regarding the old and new: one is silver and the other is gold, so we've included reviews of new poets (page 28). Our desire is that you may one day recall their first efforts with the same sighs of satisfaction that our senior staff recalls our initial readings of Revolutionary Petunias and Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note a lifetime ago when these volumes were first published.
Walker's profound words also describe the artistic impulse in generation after generation of black writers. That powerful creativity has now produced innovators in genres heretofore inaccessible to us, specifically travel. Suzanne Rust has assembled an incredible array of African-descended authors charting new ground in literary travel writing (page 48). Far from tour guides, well-known writers like Edwidge Danticat, as well as dynamic new voices, richly portray the varied cultures of the Diaspora and other parts of the world, revealing their inner experiences being black strangers in strange lands. Armchair travelers and adventurers alike will be enchanted with the range of writing in this newly charted territory for black authors.
Anyone who loves children's books will not want to bypass our tribute to Virginia Hamilton (page 71). Zeely was a life-changing story for so many young readers, as well as for the parents, older readers and librarians who savored the child in ourselves through this now-classic but, at the time, groundbreaking work. We sorely miss Virginia.
Your favorite departments--including Self-Publishing and Books-N-Clubs--are here, as we at BIBR remain committed to being the book lover's guide to black books.
William E. Cox President/Editor-in-Chief
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|Author:||Cox, William E.|
|Publication:||Black Issues Book Review|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2003|
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