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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  April Sinclair  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1953 in Chicago, Illinois

-- April Sinclair on WorldCat --

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Ain't gonna be the same fool twice :
ISBN: 0380727943. OCLC Number:

Hyperion,. New York :. ©1996.

A young black woman explores her sexuality in the 1970s. She is Jean Stevenson of Chicago whose quest for self-discovery begins in college by an affair with a lesbian. On graduation, she moves to San Francisco where she has more affairs, including one with a gay. The novel recreates the obsessions of the times--free love, drugs, war protest and women's consciousness-raising groups. By the author of Coffee Will Make You Black.

I left my back door open :
ISBN: 0380732807. OCLC Number:

Perennial,. New York :. 2000, ©1999.

A romantic voyage of self-discovery for African American DJ Daphne Dupree begins when the lonely Chicagoan meets Skylar, a sexual harassment mediator, and finds that a budding and blossoming relationship can lead to a true vision of self.


  • 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

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