April Sinclair

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General Information

Name: April Sinclair

Pen Name: None

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: N/A

Email: N/A

Illinois Connection

April is a Chicago native who graduated from Calumet High School in Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb.

Biographical and Professional Information

A Chicago native, April now lives in Berkeley, California. Before April hit the national literary scene in 1994, she was an Oakland-based community activist who read from her work to large, enthusiastic audiences in San Francisco Bay Area coffeehouses, bookstores and grassroots events. April has been a fellow at the Djerassi, Yaddo, MacDowell and Ragdale artist colonies.

Published Works

  • Coffee Will Make You Black, Hyperion, 1994
  • Ain`t Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, Hyperion, 1997
  • I Left My Back Door Open, Hyperion, 2000

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice

ISBN: 0380727943
Release Date: 2007-01-30

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I Left My Back Door Open: A Novel

ISBN: 0380732807
Release Date: 2007-01-30

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Literary Awards

  • Carl Sandburg Award in Literature from The Friends of the Chicago Public Library for Coffee Will Make You Black.
  • American Library Association Book of the Year (Young Adult Fiction) in 1994 for Coffee Will Make You Black

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact publisher or agent:



114 Fifth Ave.

New York, New York 10011


Julie Castiglia

1155 Camino del Mar, Suite 510

Del Mar, CA 92014

External Links

April Sinclair on WorldCat

April Sinclair on Amazon


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