Old Dominion University
October 8-10, 1991
Tina McElroy Ansa's first novel Baby of the Family was honored as one of the New York Times Book Review's Notable Books of the Year. The book received the Georgia Authors' Series Award and was named by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults for 1990. McElroy Ansa has written reviews and articles for the Atlanta Constitution, The Charlotte Observer, and other publications. Tina McElroy Ansa has taught at Spelman College (her alma mater), Clark College, Brunswick College, and Emory University. She has also published non-fiction in Atlanta Magazine, American Magazine, and Ms. magazine, among others.
On St. Simons Island, Georgia, where she resides, Ansa was the director of the Georgia Sea Island Festival, a 13 year-old grassroots festival that seeks to preserve the crafts, music, slave chants, games, food, and spirit of the African-American people who lived and worked as slaves on the rice and cotton plantations along the Georgia coast. She'll be reading from her novel-in-progress at 11 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, in the Hampton-Newport News Room. At 1 p.m., she will be giving a talk about the writing of fiction. [extracted from 1991 brochure]