James Lincoln Collier

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James Lincoln Collier (born June 29, 1928) is an American journalist, professional musician, and author of books, primarily non-fiction for adult readers and fiction for children. His literary works include My Brother Sam Is Dead (1974), a Newbery Honor book that was also named an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. He also wrote a children's book titled The Empty Mirror (2004), The Teddy Bear Habit (1967), about an insecure boy whose beatnik guitar teacher turns out to be a crook, and Rich and Famous (1975), sequel to The Teddy Bear Habit. His list of children's books also includes Chipper (2001), about a young boy in a gang. His writings for adults include numerous books on jazz, including biographies of Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. He has also contributed entries on jazz-related subjects to the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

In July 2014, Collier stirred controversy when his article "Nigger in the White House" was published in WestView News, a West Village newspaper. The article is critical of perceived racism in the far-right's opposition to President Barack Obama.[1][2]


  1. ^ Goldstein, Sasha (July 7, 2014). "Black WestView News columnist avoids reading controversy over newspaper's Obama 'N-word' headline". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Molloy, Antonia (7 July 2014). "Barack Obama called N-word in New York newspaper headline". The Independent. Retrieved 8 July 2014.

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