Richard Courage,author and English professor at Westchester Community College/SUNY, will be discussing and signing his new book “The Muse in Bronzeville: African American Creative Expression in Chicago, 1932-1950” at Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, 9525 S. Halsted St., Saturday, Dec. 17.
The Muse in Bronzeville, which was co-authored by Courage and the late Robert Bone, who was a professor of languages and literature at Columbia University Teachers College, is a reappraisal of a neglected period in African American cultural history, is the first comprehensive critical study of the creative awakening that occurred on Chicago’s South Side from the early 1930s to the cold war. Coming of age during the hard Depression years and in the wake of the Great Migration, this generation of Black creative artists produced works of literature, music, and visual art fully comparable in distinction and scope to the achievements of the Harlem Renaissance.
The discussion and book signing will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Kay James McCrimon,children’s book author and professor at Chicago State University, will be discussing and signing her new book “Good Night Li’l Darlin’” at What the Traveler Saw gift shop, 1508 E 55th St., on Sunday, Dec. 18.
In “Good Night Li’l Darlin’” McCrimon fuses her childhood memories of spending her summer vacations in West Memphis, Arkansas with her grandmother John Eva Dabbs Cooper-Wilson, with the mention of some of the most notable jazz musicians. The book is named after a song by legendary jazz pianist, organist and singer Count Basie and a cover of the song and a brief vocal narrative are performed jazz vocalist Joan Collaso on the book’s accompanying CD.
McCrimon said she would like her book, which includes references to jazz artists such as Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonius Monk and Louis Armstrong, to be used in schools to teach about African American History as well as the history of jazz and the arts.
The discussion and book signing will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17
20th Annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration. 10a.m. – 6p.m., Chicago State University Convocation Center, 9501 S. King Dr., 773-247-6200 ext. 423, wvon.com, free. WVON, Chicago State University, The Betty Shabazz International Charter School, and the Institute of Positive Education is hosting a Pre-Kwanza celebration featuring a marketplace with shopping, seminars, entertainment, cultural activities and workshops conducted by leaders in the African-American community.
Sunday, Dec. 18
Famous Amos and King George DJ Extravaganza. 5 p.m., The Reynolds Blues Lounge, 938 E. 75th St., 312-512-7460, steppinguideemag.com, free.