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There has been a wealth of a re-releases over the past year that are worth a second look--don't pass up on these!

Clotel, or The President's Daughter by William Wells Brown Modern Library Classics, December 2000, $10.95 ISBN 0-679-78323-7

Best known as America's first African American novelist and playwright, Brown escaped from slavery in 1834, nineteen years before he published this 19th-century classic story of the sale into slavery of Thomas Jefferson's secret daughter.

Discourse on Colonialism by Aime Cesaire Monthly Review Press, November 2000, $30.00 ISBN 1-58367-024-6

Cesaire's important critical essay helped to shape black international political consciousness in the half century since it was first published. Now this work is re-released, with a brilliant introduction by Robin D.G. Kelley, allowing a new generation access to ideas which have lost neither their relevance nor their passionate conveyance.

Nigerian Video Films by Jonathan Haynes Ohio University Research in International Studies July 2000, $28.00, ISBN 0-89680-211-6

This collection, including work by scholars and practitioners, explores the popular explosion of the new creative art form in which dramatic films, touching on various aspects of life and culture, are being produced on video almost daily and distributed as cassettes to wide audiences--making African film history in the process.

Passing by Nella Larson Modern Library, November 2000, $18.95 ISBN 0-375-50446-X

Larsen's Harlem Renaissance breakout novel, about two women whose friendship is rekindled after years of living on opposite sides of the color line, returns with a new introduction by Ntozake Shange.

Steppin Out: An African American Entertainment Guide to our 20 Favorite Cities by Carla Labat Avalon Travel Publishing, September 2000, $17.95 ISBN 1-56261-544-0

This guide to sightseeing for the African American traveler is filled with hints for where to find the soul in 20 U.S. cities and information about the places and things we want to see and do.
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Title Annotation:African American books
Author:Bashir, Samiya A.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2001
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