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J. California Cooper: Past American Voice

Fiction

Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson

Catalog Number: 20150213

We honor the life of the playwright and American Book Award-winning fiction writer J. California Cooper, who passed away September 20, 2014, at the age of 82. Born Joan Cooper in Berkeley, California, she began her writing career as a playwright but was encouraged to move into the realm of fiction by Alice Walker. In this 1991 archive recording, she reads from her debut novel, Family, a book about generations of slaves. Cooper also talks about her many influences including the "spirits" that dictate her novels to her as well as the importance she places on characters with “common sense.”

| Subject Matter: History, Family, Race, Inspiration | Interview Year: 1991 | Genre: Fiction | Awards: American Book Award |

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