Category Archives: Adult Fiction

Adult Fiction by Carolivia Herron: Thereafter Johnnie, Asenath and Our Song of Songs.

Peacesong DC

Peacesong DC front cover
Peacesong DC front cover

Shirah Shulamit Ojero has four loves, her African American culture, her Jewish heritage, academic study — especially the study of literary epics — and her city, Washington, DC. Peacesong DC displays the interconnection of these four loves as Shirah grows up in the Washington DC neighborhoods of Mayfair Mansions, Kenilworth, Anacostia, Takoma DC. and downtown.

Throughout her life, Shirah connects with the buildings and images of the National Mall which she considers the epic center of the United States. After graduating from DC Public Schools (Neval Thomas, Woodson, and Coolidge), Shirah pursues academic degrees at Howard University, Eastern Baptist College, Villanova University, the Folger Library Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Although all of the stories told in Peacesong DC are based on actual events in the author’s life, the book is classified as fiction rather than non-fiction because the stories bend toward the arc of storytelling rather than that of rigid facts. If something in the story appears particularly improbable, it is likely to be the truth.

For the full hilarious story of how Shirah (aka Asenath) becomes an educator at Harvard University (West Cambridge U) and a librarian in ancient Egypt, see the author’s longer work, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair. 

Peacesong DC is available for purchase in paperback or Kindle on Amazon and in paperback on Barnes & Noble.

Carolivia Herron: Promoting Epic Intersections in art and community

Are you ready for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? DO IT!

And check out my writerly pep talk.

Epics run through my life. I loved Milton as a child. I studied classics, earning a PhD, and taught Epic Literature at major universities. I wrote an epic as a children’s book – Nappy Hair – and left academia to pursue a dream of helping others find the epic story within communities and individuals.

Today I write and help others see the story within them. I travel the country speaking and leading seminars. I work with educators and schools to help reduce absenteeism and increase graduation rates. I talk to Jewish groups about my unusual Jewish Africana history, speaking on topics as varied as “Why I am not going to say anything about Ferguson” or “Banned in Brooklyn: The Judaic Journey of Nappy Hair from Washington DC to New York City.” And I speak about topics connected to my other books, such as the Geechee/Jewish connection in Always An Olivia and the family folklore quality of Little Georgia And the Apples.

I publish others, host a weekly radio show featuring local writers and artists, …. I mentor Washington DC youth as they develop their literary and performing arts skills.

 

The latest from Carolivia Herron

Book Cover for Peacesong DC

Carolivia’s latest book, Peacesong DC went to press on her 69th birthday, July 22, 2016. Peacesong DC consists of fictionalized autobiographical chapters extracted and amended from Carolivia Herron’s longer work, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair, in order to highlight the Washington DC aspect of the author’s identity.

In Peacesong DC Carolivia’s persona, Shirah Shulamit Ojero has four loves, her African American culture, her Jewish heritage, academic study — especially the study of literary epics — and her city, Washington, DC. Peacesong DC displays the interconnection of these four loves as Shirah grows up in the Washington DC neighborhoods of Mayfair Mansions, Kenilworth, Anacostia, Takoma DC. and downtown.

If you would like to have Carolivia talk about her latest book, contact her at carolivia@carolivia.com. Available for purchase in paperback on Barnes & Noble or papberback and Kindle on Amazon.

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Thereafter Johnnie on 100 Must Read Jewish Novels

Cover of Thereafter Johnnie
Thereafter Johnnie

I’m honored to be in this company. Last night my friend Jessica Weissman told me that my first novel, Thereafter Johnnie, is Number 77 on Book Riot’s list of 100 Must Read Works of Jewish fiction.

The list author is Michelle Anne Schingler, a former librarian and Hebrew school teacher, is an associate editor at ForeWord Reviews. Michelle introduces her list with a personal comment about why she compiled the list:

Reading through the diverse and ever-expanding Jewish literary canon is a natural way to work toward understanding a community that, while comparatively small, is incredibly diverse. This list draws Jewish voices in from all corners of the diaspora, from several continents as well as from Israel itself. The voices on it have different conceptions of what it means to be Jewish; some of these novels embrace the tradition self-consciously, some are more ambivalent about it, and some don’t mention religious traditions at all.

Cluster 2: Your Heaven THE Argument

Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair

Excerpt from Chapter 8: THE Argument

“Don’t ask ‘What is spaghetti,’ ask, ‘What is a Graduate Student?’ Here is the prophecy.”

“A Graduate Student will be a being who lives on spaghetti with ramen sauce, the kind with MSG.”

“Further, Graduate Students cannot be stopped.

“You can renovate their libraries from under them.

“You can spill coffee on their notebooks.

“You can demagnetize their disks.

“You can lay them low with mono.

“You can infest their apartments with locusts and their books with silverfish.

“A Graduate Student will be able to scrape under the collar of the peanut butter jar for the last bit of peanut butter.

Cluster 2: Your Heaven: Angel Square

Asenath and The Origin of Nappy Hair

Excerpt from Chapter 7: Angel Square

Of all the angels in heaven, Asenath, you are the most perverse, because you actually want to stay. Here we are on another bright Heavenly morning, well, you know what I mean, our light here can be so provoking — so what if we call it morning, what’s wrong with that? Yes, I know it’s afternoon, but these afternoons might as well be mornings. Always bright. Always Heavenly. And we angels hovering around in Boylston Hall to watch you and the Dean.