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Tananarive Due : biography

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Tananarive Priscilla Due ( ) born January 5, 1966) is an American author.

Awards and recognition

  • Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel for The Between
  • Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for My Soul to KeepIntroduction by Gardner Dozois to "Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection, p. 491.
  • Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for The Black Rose
  • Received the NAACP Image Award for In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel (with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
  • The American Book Award for The Living Blood
  • 2008 Carl Brandon Kindred Award for the novella "Ghost Summer", which appeared in the anthology The Ancestors (2008) Retrieved 3-1-2011


Due was working as a journalist and columnist for the Miami Herald when she wrote her first novel, The Between, in 1995. This, like many of her subsequent books, was part of the supernatural genre. Mary A. Mohanraj,"Tananarive Due" in Richard Bleiler, Ed. Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror. New York: Thomson/Gale, 2003.(pp. 309-314), ISBN 9780684312507. Due has also written The Black Rose, historical fiction about Madam C.J. Walker (based in part on research conducted by Alex Haley before his death) and Freedom in the Family, a non-fiction work about the civil rights struggle. She also was one of the contributors to the humor novel Naked Came the Manatee, in which various Miami area authors each contributed chapters to a mystery/thriller parody.

Due noted that her upcoming releases will be the sequels Blood Colony in summer 2008 and In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Story in fall 2008.

Personal life

Due is married to author Steven Barnes, whom she met in 1997 at a university panel on "The African-American Fantastic Imagination: Explorations in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror". The couple lives in Glendora, California with their son, Jason and her stepdaughter, Nicki.

Early life and education

Due was born in Tallahassee, Florida, the oldest of three daughters of civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due and civil rights lawyer John D. Due Jr. Her mother named her after the French name for Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights, by Patricia Stephens Due and Tananarive Due (Ballantine, 2003)

Due earned a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English literature, with an emphasis on Nigerian literature, from the University of Leeds. At Northwestern, she lived in the Communications Residential College.

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