25th Annual Key West Literary Seminar - January 11-14, 2007

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"Wondrous Strange: Mystery, Intrigue, and Psychological Drama"
January 11-14, 2007

Tananarive Due
PANELIST Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due (pronounced tah-nah-nah-REEVE doo) has written seven books ranging from supernatural thrillers to science fiction to a civil rights memoir, making the American Book Award-winning author among the nation’s most versatile voices.

The Living Blood (2001), which received a 2002 American Book Award, “should set the standard for supernatural thrillers of the new millennium, ”said Publishers Weekly, which named both The Living Blood and My Soul to Keep (1997) among the best novels of the year. The Good House (2003) was nominated as Best Novel by the International Horror Guild. The Black Rose (2000), based on the life of pioneer Madam C.J. Walker, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. My Soul to Keep will soon be a major motion picture at Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Due’s newest novel, Joplin’s Ghost (September 2005), blends the supernatural, history and the present-day music scene as a rising R&B singer’s life is changed forever by encounters with the ghost of Ragtime King Scott Joplin. Due also brought history to life in The Black Rose (2000), a historical novel based on the research of Alex Haley – and Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights (2003), which she co-authored with her mother, civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. Freedom in the Family was named 2003's Best Civil Rights Memoir by Black Issues Book Review. (Patricia Stephens Due took part in the nation’s first “Jail-In” in 1960, spending 49 days in jail in Tallahassee, Florida, after a sit-in at a Woolworth lunch counter).

In 2004, alongside such luminaries as Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison, Due received the “New Voice in Literature Award” at the Yari Yari Pamberi conference co-sponsored by New York University’s Institute of African-American Affairs and African Studies Program and the Organization of Women Writers of Africa.

Due’s short story “Patient Zero” is included in two Best-of-the-Year science fiction anthologies for the year 2000 – Year’s Best SF 6, edited by David G. Hartwell, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 17th Annual Collection, edited by Gardner R. Dozois. Her work also appears in the groundbreaking Dark Matter anthologies of black science fiction and fantasy, edited by Sheree R. Thomas. In addition, Due wrote a chapter in the 1997 best-selling novel Naked Came the Manatee, a comic thriller written by thirteen writers with ties to South Florida — including Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard.

Due has a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, where she specialized in Nigerian literature as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Due has taught at the Hurston-Wright Foundation’s Writers’ Week at Howard University, the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop at Michigan State University, the University of Miami, and the summer Imagination conference at Cleveland State University. She is a former feature writer and columnist for The Miami Herald.

Due lives in Southern California with her husband, novelist and screenwriter Steven Barnes; their son, Jason; and her stepdaughter, Nicki.

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