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Conversations with Writers - a book by Wiegman, Neal

Conversations with Writers

Conversations with Writers( )
Author: Wiegman, Neal
Wiegman, Nancy
Angelou, Maya
Farrell, Mike
Simon, Scott
ISBN:978-1-4905-0241-0
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $15.95
Book Description:

This book is a selection of conversations between radio host Nancy Wiegman and writers who were guests on "Nancy's Bookshelf," a weekly author interview show produced by Northstate Public Radio, KCHO 91.7 FM Chico / KFPR 88.9 FM Redding. Nancy interviews mostly local and regional writers, but some who come to Chico are nationally known, such as Maya Angelou and Scott Simon.

Book Details
Pages:452
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6 x 9 x 1.02 Inches
Book Weight:1.67 Pounds
Author Biography
Wiegman, Neal (Author)
Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 in Saint Louis, Missouri. At the age of 16, she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. In the mid-1950s, she toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. In 1957, she recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she became a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and played a queen in The Blacks, an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.

In 1960, she moved to Cairo, where she edited The Arab Observer, an English-language weekly newspaper. The following year, she went to Ghana where she was features editor of The African Review and taught music and drama at the University of Ghana. In 1964, she moved back to the U.S. to become a civil rights activist by helping Malcolm X build his new coalition, the Organization of African American Unity, and became the northern coordinator of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Even though she never went to college, she taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. In 1993, she became only the second poet in United States history to write and recite an original poem at a Presidential Inauguration when she read On the Pulse of Morning at President Bill Clinton's Inauguration Ceremony. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and Mom and Me and Mom. In 2011, President Barack Obama gave her the Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor, for her collected works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.

She appeared in the movie Roots and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1977 for her role in the movie. She also played a part in the movie, How to Make an American Quilt and wrote and produced Afro-Americans in the Arts,

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