Catherine E. McKinley, author of four critically acclaimed books, talks about her most recent project “The African Lookbook: A Visual History of 100 Years of African Women,” just published by Bloomsbury. This lavishly illustrated book is an exploration of Africa’s photographic history, fashion, trade history, and African women’s selfhood. The book features works from The McKinley Collection, a personal archive representing African photography from 1870 to the present. A Fulbright scholar, McKinley has also published “The Book of Sarahs,” a memoir, which chronicles growing up in the 1970s and 80s as one of the less than 15,000 Black and “Bi-racial” children adopted into white homes, and McKinley’s search for self in the Jewish, Choctaw, and Black family spread from Ghana to Cape Verde, Las Vegas to Boston. McKinley has taught creative nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.
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