Posted on 12/01/2014 at 12:00 AM by Jeffrey Bruner

December 1

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James Baldwin died on this day in 1987. Baldwin was a novelist, poet, playwright and noted social critic. He grew up in Harlem, but decided to move to France at the age of 24 after he was refused service in a New York restaurant because he was black. Baldwin found the freedom there to write what he wanted to write, whether it was a book of essays, a novel with strong homoerotic content ("Giovanni's Room), or composing music for friends Ray Charles and Miles Davis. 

SPOKEN WORDS

"I'm a writer. I like doing things alone." -- James Baldwin (1924-87).



DAILY DEALS

  • "The Burning Room" (Michael Connelly, mystery). $4.99. Nook
  • "Wonder Boys" (Michael Chabon, literary fiction). $2.99. Kindle.

NEW RELEASES

  • "End of Secrets" (Ryan Quinn, thriller). $4.99 Kindle.

NEWS

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