J. California Cooper Novelist

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 that "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." 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.

Personal details

Date of birth
November 10th, 1931
United States of America
Date of death
September 20th, 2014 at age of 82
African American

Written work

1.Homemade love

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1986. at New York City
1998. by St. Martin's Griffin

2.Some Soul To Keep

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1987. at New York City (211 pages)
1998. by St. Martin's Griffin (224 pages)


Editions Subjects Co-authors
1991. by Doubleday at New York City (231 pages)
1993. by Perfection Learning Prebound

4.The matter is life

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1991. at New York City (227 pages)

5.In search of satisfaction

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1994. by Doubleday at New York City (351 pages)

6.Some love, some pain, sometime

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1995. by Doubleday at New York City (273 pages)

7.The Wake of the Wind

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1998. at New York City (373 pages)

8.The Future Has a Past

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2000. at New York City

9.Some people, some other place

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2004. by Doubleday at New York City (368 pages)

10.Wild stars seeking midnight suns

Editions Subjects Co-authors
2006. by Doubleday at New York City

Awards won

1989 American Book Awards

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
Homemade love Fiction Book
Before Columbus Foundation
American literature


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