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Feb 14th

Celebrating the work of J. California Cooper

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j-california-cooperThe Givens Foundation for African American Literature has launched Givens Black Books, a community reading campaign celebrating the work of acclaimed African American playwright and author, J. California Cooper. On Thursday, February 17, 2011 7:00pm, Givens Black Books, in partnership with The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, will host a Black History Month celebration at Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N. Dale Street, Saint Paul, MN 55103.

From its inception, Black History Month has served to remind us of our shared history and community, preserve African American culture and inspire future generations of African American people- artists, writers, inventors, scientists etc. Givens Black Books will continue this legacy by featuring the work of J. California Cooper, specifically her first novel, . Community members are encouraged to join a panel of local scholars in discussing , J. California Cooper and the state of African American literature. Nothando Zulu, nationally acclaimed storyteller, will perform a dramatic reading from Family.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and free copies of will be distributed at the event while supplies last.

familyFor more information on Givens Black Books, including dates of upcoming public book discussions or to start your own discussion group, visit


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