Author Ansa to read

January 29, 1998|By Joe Grossberg

Come hear author Tina McElroy Ansa read from her third novel, "The Hand I Fan With."

Ansa combines rich spirituality and vivid eroticism in her tale of Lena McPherson, a middle-aged black woman who is financially successful and socially prominent but finds true fulfillment in her love affair with a ghost.

In her first book, "Baby of the Family," Ansa introduced the psychic Lena and the fictional town of Mulberry, Ga., near Ansa's real-life birthplace, Macon.

After graduating from Spelman College, Ansa became the first black woman to work at the Atlanta Constitution before embarking on her career as one of the most prominent writers of contemporary African-American fiction.

"Black folks have to claim what's ours," she says. "We've got to acknowledge who we are as a people and where we came from, what we believe in."

Tina McElroy Ansa will read from her new book, "The Hand I Fan With," and hold a signing tomorrow at 6: 45 p.m. at Sibanye Books, 4031 W. Rogers Ave. For more information, call 410-542-2279.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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