And when I was a toddler trying to break out of diapers – the cloth kind – Virginia Hamilton was carrying the W.A.R. torch. And until recently, I had NO idea how much she contributed to the literary community! Why didn’t I know of her accomplishments? Why is she buried in my history? Were my eyes closed, or was my schooling lacking?
I mean, in school, we were expected to read The House of Dies Drear, but we were never taught about the author. Should we (I) have been? That said, I am going to take my time in explaining how she, Virginia Hamilton came into my life, and why the tears I cried today peeled away another layer of learning for me.
If you’re new to Facebook (shame on you), here’s what a thread looks like. I’ve never posted one in the past because FB tends to be its own world. So in an effort to bridge our two worlds together, I thought how great it would be to share with you an upcoming special series of postings. Yes – THE Virginia Hamilton’s, husband, Arnold Adoff, sent me a book to review about his late wife’s WRITINGS, ESSAYS, & CONVERSATIONS. And if you didn’t already know, Hamilton was/is famous for her classic works: M.C. Higgins, the Great; Zeely; The People Could Fly, and many more award winning novels.
My status update:
Amy Bodden Bowllan is honored to be reviewing VIRGINIA HAMILTON SPEECHES, ESSAYS & CONVERSATIONS Edited by Arnold Adoff and Kacy Cook. What a maverick she was.