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Author: S. Pearl Sharp

Published work includes The Evening News - Essays And Commentaries From NPR AND Other Clouds (2015); the non-fiction Black Women For Beginners (For Beginners LLC), Uncertain Rituals, an audio book of short fiction, the poetry w/jazz CDs On The Sharp Side and Higher Ground and four volumes of poetry including Typing In The Dark (Harlem River Press). Her essays and commentaries were broadcast on NPR and she’s a segment producer with Pacifica’s KPFK-FM, Los Angeles. An award-winning independent filmmaker her work includes The Healing Passage/ Voices From The Water, which aired on The Documentary Channel, Life Is A Saxophone, on poet Kamau Daáood, and cultural arts documentaries for the City of Los Angeles’ CH 35. A native of Cleveland, OH, living in L.A., S. Pearl facilitates workshops connecting language and wellness & offers creativity coaching through The Gate Is Open. 

THE EVENING NEWS Essays And Commentaries from NPR And Other Clouds by S. Pearl Sharp A selection of forty of S. Pearl’s wide-ranging essays and commentaries broadcast on NPR’s The Tavis Smiley Show, News and Notes, Tell Me More and other broadcast and print media. In six chapters S. Pearl riffs on news headlines, our personal issues, heroes, kinfolk, the U.S. electoral process and life lessons. Included are some confirming or challenging responses from listeners, and updates on events since a piece was first published. Includes 16 photographs. Cover and book design by Beverly Hawkins Hall.

Paper 174 pages ISBN 978-0-936068-24-4 E-book Release: Aug. 21, 2015 Publisher: Poets Pay Rent, Too. 

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Author Clifford Thompson

Clifford Thompson, the former editor of Current Biography, has published essays and reviews in journals including The Threepenny Review, The Iowa Review, Black Issues Book Review, and Film Quarterly. He is also a painter (see his work on the cover of Love for Sale.) He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughters. You can see some of his writings and paintings on his blog,, or contact him at









Love for Sale and Other Essays

Clifford Thompson’s book Love for Sale and Other Essays won the Autumn House Press nonfiction prize. The book contains personal essays as well as musings on race and the general problem of being human; it also covers the work of artists — most of them black — in literature, jazz, film, and more. Most importantly, it revels in the connections the author finds among different art forms. Readers will discover what Zadie Smith has in common with Clint Eastwood, how Charles Mingus is like Robert Altman, why Coleman Hawkins has kinship with Thomas Hardy.

Love for Sale has back-cover blurbs from Phillip Lopate, Stanley Crouch, and Wendy Lesser. Mr. Lopate wrote, “With this selection, [Thompson] vaults to the front ranks of essayists of his generation.”





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