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Author photo. Photo Courtesy of National Book Club Conference founder Curtis Bunn

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J. California Cooper (1930–2014)

Author of Family

Includes the names: J. Califonria Cooper, J. California Cooper, J. California Cooper, J. California Cooper

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J. California Cooper was born in Berkeley, California in 1932. She was an award-winning playwright, novelist, and short story writer. She wrote 17 plays and received a 1978 Black Playwright Award for Strangers. She wrote several short story collections including A Piece of Mine, Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns, and The Future Has a Past. Homemade Love received the 1989 American Book Award and Funny Valentine was made into a 1999 TV movie. Her novels included Family, The Wake of the Wind, Life Is Short but Wide, and Some People, Some Other Place. She received the James Baldwin Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association in 1988. She died on September 20, 2014 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) J. California Cooper is the author of five collections of short stories, including Homemade Love, winner of the 1989 American Book Award, and the novels The Wake of the Wind, Family, and In Search of Satisfaction. She lives in northern California. (Publisher Provided) — biography from Family… (more)
Family 306 copies, 5 reviews
In Search of Satisfaction 197 copies, 2 reviews
Homemade Love 185 copies, 3 reviews
Some People, Some Other Place 183 copies, 1 review
The Wake of the Wind 178 copies, 3 reviews
A Piece of Mine: Stories 152 copies, 1 review
Life Is Short But Wide 138 copies, 13 reviews
Some Soul To Keep 137 copies, 1 review
The Future Has a Past: Stories 132 copies, 1 review
Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns 118 copies, 2 reviews
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Joan Cooper, known by her pen name, J. California Cooper, was an American playwright and author. She wrote 17 plays and was named Black Playwright of the Year in 1978 for her play Strangers.
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