WAITING FOR GIOVANNI
The play takes place in the mind of the author, James Baldwin, just before the publication of his groundbreaking novel of “homosexual” love and betrayal, Giovanni’s Room (1956). Although he’s been told the book will ruin his career as a writer and his influence as a Black activist Baldwin sees the book through to completion with his own trepidations about how it will be received. The advent of this momentous publication is seen through the eyes of the writer who could believe in his brilliance but not his own beauty. Read an excerpt from her new play in two acts written in collaboration with Harry Waters Jr.
This novel takes place at the 30th anniversary reunion of a group of former Black student radicals.
This excerpt from a new Gilda story (which is slightly anachronistic in the Gilda chronology for those of you who remember the novel well!) will appear in the anthology “From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth” edited by Victoria Brownworth. It will be published in 2011 by Tiny Satchel Press. Gilda doesn’t appear in the story until the very end … but worth the journey.