Thursday, February 6, 2020

Black Author, Debut Collection of Short Stories

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Nationwide -- Octogenarian, Mary Jestina Taylor announces the release of her debut collection of short stories, Book of Letters. It is a literary archive of historical, sociological, psychological, and cultural data mined from the lives of early to mid-twentieth century Americans of African descent.

It, in the tradition of Richard Wright's Black Boy, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings or Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series, offers a captivating glimpse into the early twentieth century rural southern United States. Mary Jestina Taylor, an eye witness and active participant in the Great Migration, shares her evolving perspective of American history, culture, and life in the twentieth century.

Book of Letters evolved as a result of Taylor's status as an elder. She desires to share her wisdom and life experiences with the next generation whom she believes "can empower themselves by understanding the roots of their history and culture."

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In the fashion of a griotte, Taylor is informative, instructive, entertaining, and sometimes mesmerizing in her storytelling. She was a conscious observer of her life and times since she was a small child, and Book of Letters is her contribution to the historical record.

Author of Fish Tales and Mischief Makers, Nettie P. Jones says Mary Jestina Taylor's debut collection offers "Humor, simplicity, grace, and wisdom that is executed with delicate precision, weaving profound insights into the human predicament." Community elder and author of the American classic Daddy Was a Number Runner, Louise Meriwether calls the stories "Little gems" reminiscent of "the superb stories by Grace Paley."

Taylor is currently embarking on a multi-city book tour.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon

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