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Harper San Francisco to Publish Delany Sister Memoir, 'On My Own At 107'

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1993, Sarah "Sadie" Delany, age 105, and her sister Elizabeth "Bessie" Delany, age 103, took the country by storm with their bestseller "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years." On September 25, 1995, Bessie Delany passed away. At 107 years old, Sadie Delany is without her sister for the first time in her life. "ON MY OWN AT 107: Reflections on Life Without Bessie" (HarperSanFrancisco Hardcover; On Sale Date: January 23, 1997; $20.00) is Sadie's tribute to her little sister and a memoir of her first year after Bessie's death. Co-author Amy Hill Hearth writes, "Sadie Delany shows us that even at the age of 107, it is possible to begin again."

"Having Our Say," co-authored by Amy Hill Hearth, spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list, won numerous awards including "Most Notable" book by the American Library Association and "Honor Book" by the American Booksellers' Association, was the inspiration for a popular Broadway play produced by Camille Cosby, and is currently being adapted for film.

Sadie Delany is living, breathing history. She provides a rare first-hand account of surviving an era of "Jim Crow" laws and of virtually no opportunity for women of color. Her memories show us friendships with Booker T. Washington, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois and Paul Robeson. She continues to live life with tenacity and grace, and her inspiring story serves as an historical icon of African American success.

Sadie Delany was born in 1889. Her father, born into slavery and freed by the Emancipation, was an administrator at St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC and America's first elected black Episcopal bishop. Sadie received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Teacher's College at Columbia University and was New York City's first appointed black home economics teacher on the high school level. She turned 107 on September 19.

"From Sadie, the surviving Delany sister, an inspiring testimony to love and faith as she recalls life with Bessie and the challenge of learning to live on without her...A bracing reminder from an exemplary teacher that life, a rare gift, must be savored in the living." --Kirkus Reviews

SOURCE Harper San Francisco
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/EDITOR'S NOTE: Sadie Delany is available for limited interviews/

/CONTACT: Amy Durgan of Harper San Francisco, 415-477-4571, or fax, 415-477-4444/

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