Tuesday, May 29, 2012

No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

The always intriguing Librarian M visits us with a book that is getting a lot of buzzzzzzz....

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Do you know who Lewis Michaux was? Neither did I before I read this fictionalized biography based on his life. Turns out he was a pretty awesome guy. In the 1930s he started a bookstore in Harlem called the National Memorial African Bookstore which stocked books by black authors and catered to a black customer base. It was a mainstay in the neighborhood until the 1970s. Michaux loved to talk to everyone and he knew all sorts of interesting people including Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Langston Hughes and Nikki Giovanni.

This book is fiction, but it is based on interviews, family archives, FBI documents, and other historical materials. It’s a quick read and truly fascinating, so if you see it on the shelf, grab it and give it a try!

To see a video of Mr. Michaux talking a bit about his bookstore, take a look at this video:

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