Thursday, January 12, 2006

Letters to a Young Artist - Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith's "Letters to a Young Artist" will be released on January 24, 2006. In this book Smith talks about the creative process and an artist's life in a series of letters to a fictious teenager.

Anna Deavere Smith is an actor, playwright and a teacher. She is Author of "Fires in the Mirror" which was runner up for 1993 Pulitzer Prize, "Twilight" and "House Arrest" plays. Smith is perhaps best known as the author and performer of two one-woman plays about racial tensions in American cities — Fires in the Mirror (Obie Award-winner and runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize) and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 (Obie Award-winner and Tony Award nominee).

From learning Korean to play a shop owner devastated by the Rodney King riots to rehearsing (to idiosyncratic perfection) such well-known figures as Al Sharpton and oral historian Studs Terkel, Smith extends her great artistic ability to depict America’s immense diversity in culture and thought in her work.

Author Profile: Royce Carlton - Anna Deavere Smith Playwright Actor Professor

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