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Traveling Writing

Hi Writers Forum:

I want to share with you an anthology of African-American travel writers. Perhaps this book will be an inspiration for you as it has been for me. Each writer has his/her own special voice and their descriptions of the sameness and difference in cultures spans 2 centuries.

The LA Times commented "A Stranger in the Village will explode any lingering notions that travel writing is a white writer's game."

Read Paul Cuffe about Sierra Leone in 1824 or Mary Seacole a veteran of the Crimean War who writes of her travels in South America. "A Stranger .." includes well known writers of the late 19th and 20th century: Jimmy Baldwin, Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Carl Rowen, Ntozake Shange, June Jordon.

Yes, this is almost becoming a book review. I loved how the authors shaped their words...none of that old and familiar stilted language of our grandmothers. You'll love it!

"A STRANGER IN THE VILLAGE: Two Centuries of African-American Travel Writing." Edited by Farah J. Griffin and Cheryl J. Fish, Beacon Press, 1998.

Enjoy and be inspired.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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