Many thanks to Haile and Shirikiana Gerima and the staff at Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe for organizing the “Strivers and Other Stories” reading held Saturday November 12. It was a wonderful intimate space in the shadows of Howard University across the street. I felt the warmth of the legacy of the African-American literary tradition surrounding me as a read excerpts from two stories.
Great questions from those in attendance. Some highlights:
- What is my favorite story?
- What’s the significance of the title?
- Are any other stories going to be made into a longer work?
- Are any characters based on me?
I’ve compiled answers to several of these questions in a Q&A.