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  • English professor's first book tells stories of contemporary lives of black Americans

    University of Illinois English professor and author Nafissa Thompson-Spires writes with humor about the lives of contemporary black Americans and difficult issues of black citizenship in her collection of short stories “Heads of the Colored People.” The book – Thompson-Spires’ first – was on the longlist for the National Book Award.

    Photo of Nafissa Thompson-Spires by Adrianne Mathiowetz


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  • Editor’s note: Nafissa Thompson-Spires is represented by Anna Stein at the agency ICM Partners. For publicity inquiries, contact Yona Deshommes at Simon & Schuster by emailing