Welcome, from my desk to yours. I'm the author or co-author of ten books, including Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, the classic 1993 oral history adapted for Broadway and film. My topics include American history, forgotten stories, and elder wisdom. I'm a New York Times and Washington Post bestselling author and Peabody Award-winning journalist. I have been a client of William Morris Agency (now WME) for 30 years.
A few things about me:
I love dogs, antique wooden boats, and snow.
I'm inquisitive. My parents always said I started asking questions as soon as I could talk.
When I was growing up, I read books in odd places, including up in trees.
As a writer, I like to try new genres. At the moment I am working on my first thriller.
I have some Lenni-Lenape (Delaware Indian) ancestry. My Indian name is Smiling Songbird Woman.
Video: Amy at Barnes & Noble Union Square, Manhattan, 2019
Photo of a bookshelf in my home office with several of my books. Yes, that's Bessie Delany in a 1923 photo. And, Abe Lincoln is holding up the books.
Question: What would the Delany Sisters think of the world today? See my answer in an interview by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune: