J. California Cooper

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J. California Cooper, Joan California Cooper, is an African-American playwright and author. She is the writer of 17 plays and the winner of Black Playwright of the Year in 1978.

Alice Walker has said of Cooper: "Her style is deceptively simple and direct and the vale of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person's foolishness cannot be heard."[1] It was at the encouragement of Walker that Cooper turned from her claim to fame in the theater and started writing short stories. Her first collection was entitled A Piece of Mine, published in 1984. Two other story collections followed, before the release of her first novel Family in 1991.

J. California Cooper also wrote a short story entitled, "Funny Valentines", which was later turned into a 1999 TV movie starring Alfre Woodard and Loretta Devine.[2]


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  1. ^ African American Literature Book Club
  2. ^ NYTimes Filmography for J. California Cooper
  3. ^ American Booksellers Association (2013). "The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation [1980–2012]". BookWeb. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. "1989 [...] Homemade Love, J. California Cooper" 

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