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Charles Johnson is the author of four novels Faith and the Good Thing (1974), Oxherding Tale (1982), Middle Passage (1990), and Dreamer (Scribner, l998); three collection of short stories, The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1986) Soulcatcher and Other Stories (2001), and Dr. King's Refrigerator and Other Bedtime Stories (2005); a work of aesthetics, Being and Race: Black Writing Since 1970 (1988); two collections of comic art, Black Humor (1970) and Half-Past Nation Time (1972); Black Men Speaking (1997), co-edited with John McCluskey Jr.; Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery, the companion book for PBS' series (Oct., l998), co-authored with Patricia Smith (The Audio Book for this was selected as one of the best audio books in the History category of the Listen Up Awards in Publisher's Weekly); and King: The Photobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., (Viking Studio, 2000), co-authored with Bob Adelman. These works have been translated into eight foreign languages. As a cartoonist and journalist in the early 1970s, he published over 1000 drawings in national publications…

Johnson, a Ph.D. in Philosophy, l998 MacArthur fellow and 2002 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, received the 1990 National Book Award for Middle Passage (he was the first African-American male to win this prize since Ralph Ellison in 1953). Oxherding Tale was awarded the 1983 Washington State Govenor's Award for Literature; Sorcerer's Apprentice was one of five finalists for the 1987 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Being and Race won a 1989 Govenor's Award for Literature. His short fiction is included in the O'Henry Prize Stories (1993), Best American Short Stories (1992), Best American Short Stories of the Eighties, and he was named in a survey conducted by the University of Southern California to be one of the ten best short story writers in America; and his short fiction and essays are much anthologized…

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Dreamer: A Novel
by Charles Johnson
Set against the tensions of Civil Rights era America, Dreamer is a remarkable fictional excursion into the last two years of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, when the political and personal pressures on this country's most preeminent moral leader were the greatest. While in Chicago for his first northern campaign against poverty and...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Middle Passage
by Charles Johnson
It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly treed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri....
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Soulcatcher: And other stories
by Charles Johnson
Twelve stories about the African experience of slavery in America, by the National Book Award-winning novelist. Nothing has had as profound an effect on American life as slavery. For blacks and whites alike, the experience has left us with a conflicted and contradictory history. Now, famed novelist Charles Johnson, whose Middle Passage...
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Categories: All Historical Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
Oxherding Tale: A Novel
by Charles Johnson
One night in the antebellum South, a slave owner and his African-American butler stay up to all hours until, too drunk to face their wives, they switch places in each other's beds. The result is a hilarious imbroglio and an offspring -- Andrew Hawkins, whose life becomes Oxherding Tale. Through sexual escapades, picaresque...
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Categories: All Sex & Erotica; Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Faith and the Good Thing: A Novel
by Charles Johnson
Faith Cross, a beautiful and purely innocent young black woman, is told by her dying mother to go and get herself "a good thing." Thus begins an extraordinary pilgrim's progress that takes Faith from the magic and mysticism of the rural South to the promises and perils of modern-day Chicago. It is an odyssey that propels Faith from the...
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing
by Charles Johnson
"Were it not for the Buddhadharma, says Charles Johnson in his preface to Turning the Wheel, "I'm convinced that, as a black American and an artist, I would not have been able to successfully negotiate my last half century of life in this country. Or at least not with a high level of creative productivity." In this collection of...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality; Social Sciences
Dr. King's Refrigerator: And Other Bedtime Stories
by Charles Johnson
Charles Johnson's innovative and richly imagined collection is full of stories -- sly, witty, and insightful -- that bring the world into focus. Each is a vivid cultural and philosophical portrait that deftly explores issues of identity and race. "Kwoon" follows the spiritual journey of a martial arts teacher on Chicago's South Side....
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Categories: Contemporary Fiction; Literary Fiction
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