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Public Library of Catasauqua: Black History Month: A message from

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by The Press in Columns

Here at the Public Library of Catasauqua, we are always looking for partners in the pursuit of excellence in literature and lifelong learning. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a major contributor to those goals through excellence in network programming. With that in mind, the opinion of the folks at PBS is worth noting.

“There are certain African-American authors that everyone should read. They are poets, playwrights, novelists and scholars, and together they helped capture the voice of a nation. They have fearlessly explored racism, abuse and violence as well as love, beauty and music. While their names and styles have changed over the years, they have been the voices of their generations and helped inspire the generations that followed them. What follows is a list of prominent black authors who have left a mark on the literary world forever.

“Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Octavia Butler, W.E.B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, as well as the pre-eminent Toni Morrison.

“Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison is considered the voice of African-American women. Growing up in an integrated neighborhood, Morrison was not fully aware of racial divisions until her teenage years. Dedicated to her studies, she went on to earn her master’s degree before moving to Howard University to teach. It was in the 1960s when Morrison became an editor at Random House that she began to write.

“While she had published ‘The Bluest Eye’ in 1970 and ‘Sula’ in 1973, ‘The Song of Solomon’ was the book that set her on the course of literary success. It became the first work by an African-American author since “Native Son” by Richard Wright to be a featured selection in the book of the month club. The publication of ‘Beloved’ in 1987 is considered to be her greatest masterpiece and won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.”

The trustees and the staff of The Public Library of Catasauqua thank the African-American literary community for the quality and scope of its contribution to literature and knowledge, enriching life’s experiences for all. Come see our display of the works of African-American authors, including both novels and nonfiction.



Fiction: House of Secrets,” V.C. Andrews; “The Immortalists,” Chloe Benjamin; “The Wife Between Us,” Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; “Lilac Girls,” Martha Hall Kelly; “Big Little Lies,” Liane Moriarty; “City of Endless Night,” Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; “Before We Were Yours,” Lisa Wingate

Nonfiction: “Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black in a Young America,” Catherine Kerrison; “Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew,” Michael Leinbach and Jonathan Ward; “Brave,” Rose McGowan; “Jackie, Janet and Lee: The Secret Lives of Janet Auchincloss and Her Daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill,” J. Randy Taraborrelli

Children: DK Eyewitness Books-forensic science; DK Eyewitness Books-sharks; “I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888,” Lauren Tarshis

Young Adult: “This Is Where It Ends,” Marieke Nijkamp