Bio: Born in the Projects in Watts a few years before the Riots, Alexis Brooks de Vita lived in Uganda under Idi Amin Dada and was sent to school in Switzerland to escape his coup, travelling through France, Italy, Hungary, and Russia while it was still the Soviet Union. She has two grown daughters and two young adult sons who have also traveled through Europe and to Uganda. Her degrees are in the Comparative Literature of women of African descent in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. She teaches African and African American Literature and Literary Theory and is the author of Mythatypes: Signatures and Signs of African/Diaspora and Black Goddesses and The 1855 Murder Case of Missouri versus Celia, an Enslaved Woman: An Exercise in Historical Imagination.
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When Eva Dennison learns that she has inherited the fallow sharecropping plantation in Mississippi that her parents fled to make a new life in L.A., she is eager to escape the big city and explore her historical roots. Eva abandons her dissertation about ancestral memory in African American literature and myth and takes with her Anastasia, her college-age daughter, and Charley, her investment broker cousin. Together, they plan to restore the old mansion and grounds and open a retreat and think-t... more info>>
The Third Book of Joy: Chain Dance is the second notebook of family lore, the collection of Joy's magical stories about her enslaved ancestors, researched by Professor Bo Wolfson in Burning Streams; the first notebook was published in Blood of Angels. When Heaven's heartbroken death in childbirth and Whip Man's torture at her father's hands lead her to resurrect herself as a death dancer, magic and terror drive the plantation's owner off of his land. Most of the men and women who labor on the... more info>>
For an urban English-speaker in the twenty-first century, the original language of Dante Alighieri's Inferno, the first act of his trilogy, the Comedy, would read like a shockingly accurate critique of today's globalized society, if we could understand it. Dante's Inferno: A Wanderer in Hell gives second-millennial English-language readers a chance to share the pathos, the humor, and the raw political aggression of Dante's vision of Hell. Dante's Inferno: A Wanderer in Hell preserves the meanin... more info>>
Love and Darker Passions is a collection of provocative short stories by today's up-and-coming authors of dark, urban and Gothic fantasy. One man falls in love with an ancient monster, another becomes enchanted by a voice that drives him to a frenzy of self-punishment, and another can't understand three very odd days he's spending with his girlfriend. Award-winning author Karen Duvall sends a Millennial Alice through a very different looking glass, and acclaimed author Lee Barwood sends the Sigh... more info>>