|Born||1955 (age 58–59)
Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Nathan McCall (born 1955) is an African-American author who grew up in the Cavalier Manor section of Portsmouth, Virginia.
As the stepson of a Navy man, McCall also grew up in various locations, such as Morocco and Norfolk, Virginia. After serving three years in prison, he studied journalism at Norfolk State University. He reported for the Virginian Pilot-Ledger Star and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before moving to The Washington Post In 1989. He has dedicated his career to improving race relations in the United States.
After the success of his books, McCall was in demand as a speaker. He left The Washington Post for the lecture circuit. Today he continues to write, and holds the post of lecturer in the Department of African-American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
His first novel Them: A Novel, dealing with issues of gentrification in an Atlanta neighborhood, was published in 2007. Them tells the story of Barlowe Reed, a single, forty-something African-American man, who has to come to terms with the gentrification of his neighborhood, in particular the influx of white people to the area.
- Abcarian, Robin (April 6, 1994). "Focusing Only on Racism Blinds Author to Sexism". The Los Angeles Times.
- Adam Hochschild, "A Furious Man", New York Times, February 27, 1994
- Kevin L. Carter, "Driven By Rage From Prison To Print", The Inquirer, February 16, 1994. Philly.com
- Michael E. Ross, Books, New York Times, November 2, 1997.
- Laura Miller, "The strangers next door", Salon, November 12, 2007.
- Jocelyn McClurg, "Race, real estate become a flashpoint in 'Them'", USA Today, November 12, 2007.
- Official website
- Faculty bio at Emory University
- Nathan McCall at the Internet Movie Database
- Booknotes interview with McCall on Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America, March 6, 1994.
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with McCall, March 2, 2008