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For #BlackHistoryMonth, we're taking a look at our favorite African-American female fiction authors -- Tananrieve Due

For Black History month, we'd like to share some of our favorite African-American women fiction authors.

Our list continues with American novelist and non-fiction essayist, Tananrieve Due(Wikipedia, Amazon)


Have you ever met someone that you liked instantly? Just liked them, for no reason at all? I met Ms. Due and her mother, Patricia Stevens Due, when they were on book tour for the civil rights memoir, Freedom in the Family: a Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights (2003) I found myself in awe of both of them. 

At the time that I (Claudia) met Ms. Due, she had already traditionally published in the horror and speculative fiction genre. She was working as a journalist at the Miami Herald when she wrote her first book, The Between (1995)

She is the author of twelve novels including: African Immortals (science fiction/horror), Devil's Wake (post-apocolyptic) with her husband, Steven Barnes,  and Tennyson Hardwick series with Blair Underwood and her husband, Steven Barnes.

She is the recipient of the American Book Award winner and NAACP Image Award. Her website says that she is currently teaching at Antioch College, Los Angeles. 

She is smart, articulate, and shockingly honest about interesting, intellectual topics. She has the capacity to speak clearly about issues of race and how they specifically and very really affect people today. 

If you get a chance to read Ms. Due, you will not be disappointed by this brilliant and bright star. 

Want to read something written by Ms. Due? We'd encourage you to read The Black Rose, a novel about the fascinating Madam C.J. Walker. The Black Rose is regularly on the top lists for most empowering books. Or start in on the African Immortals series with My Soul to Keep about a woman who marries into a clan of Ethiopian Immortals. 

                                                                                                               The Black Rose by Tananarive Due    My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due



If you'd like to read a riveting book about the civil rights movement and it's effects on the individuals and families who were involved, you will love, Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. 



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