January 5, 1966 |
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
|Genre||Science fiction, mystery|
|Spouse||Steven Barnes (husband)|
Early life and education
Due was born in Tallahassee, Florida, the oldest of three daughters of civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due and civil rights lawyer John D. Due Jr. Her mother named her after the French name for Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.
Due earned a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and an M.A. in English literature, with an emphasis on Nigerian literature, from the University of Leeds. At Northwestern, she lived in the Communications Residential College.
Due was working as a journalist and columnist for the Miami Herald when she wrote her first novel, The Between, in 1995. This, like many of her subsequent books, was part of the supernatural genre. Due has also written The Black Rose, historical fiction about Madam C. J. Walker (based in part on research conducted by Alex Haley before his death) and Freedom in the Family, a non-fiction work about the civil rights struggle. She also was one of the contributors to the humor novel Naked Came the Manatee, in which various Miami-area authors each contributed chapters to a mystery/thriller parody. Due is also the author of the African Immortals novel series and the Tennyson Hardwick novels.
Due is a member of the affiliate faculty in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles and is also an endowed Cosby chair in the humanities at Spelman College in Atlanta.
Due is married to author Steven Barnes, whom she met in 1997 at a university panel on "The African-American Fantastic Imagination: Explorations in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror". The couple lives in the Los Angeles, CA area with their son, Jason.
Speculative fiction novels
African Immortals Series
- Naked Came the Manatee (1996) (contributor)
The Tennyson Hardwick novels
- Casanegra (2007; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
- In the Night of the Heat (2008; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
- From Cape Town with Love (2010; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
- South by Southeast (scheduled for September 2012; with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
- "Like Daughter", Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000)
- "Patient Zero", The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection (2001)
- "Trial Day", Mojo: Conjure Stories (2003)
- "Aftermoon", Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2004)
- "Senora Suerte", The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (September 2006)
- The Lake (2011)
- The Black Rose, historical fiction about Madam C. J. Walker (2000)
- Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights (2003) (with Patricia Stephens Due)
- Devil's Wake (with Steven Barnes) (2012)
- Domino Falls (2013)
- Ghost Summer (Collection) (2015)
Awards and recognition
- Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel for The Between
- Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel for My Soul to Keep
- Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for The Black Rose
- Received the NAACP Image Award for In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel (with Blair Underwood and Steven Barnes)
- The American Book Award for The Living Blood
- 2008 Carl Brandon Kindred Award for the novella "Ghost Summer", which appeared in the anthology The Ancestors (2008)
- Winner of the 2016 British Fantasy Award for the short story collection Ghost Summer.
- Tananarive Due - Author
- Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights, by Patricia Stephens Due and Tananarive Due (Ballantine, 2003)
- Alumni News - Fall 2001
- Mary A. Mohanraj,"Tananarive Due" in Richard Bleiler, Ed. Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror. New York: Thomson/Gale, 2003.(pp. 309-314), ISBN 9780684312507.
- "Tananarive Due | Antioch University Los Angeles". Retrieved 2013-08-31.
- "Past - Present Chairs". Retrieved 2013-08-31.
- Introduction by Gardner Dozois to "Patient Zero" by Tananarive Due in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighteenth Annual Collection, p. 491.
- "About Tananarive Due". Retrieved 2013-08-31.
- Review of "Senora Suerte" by Eugie Foster, July 2006
- "Books in Brief: Fiction; Making It Big in Hair" By Charles Wilson, The New York Times, August 27, 2000.
- 40th NAACP Image Awards
- Carl Brandon Society Award Winners Retrieved 3-1-2011
- Official site of Tananarive Due
- Power Dynamics in the Novels of Tananarive Due By Mary Anne Mohanraj on Strange Horizons (2002)
- Tananarive Due's Author Page on AALBC
- Tananarive Due's Blog
- Tananarive Due Encyclopedia entry
- Tananarive Due at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- TANANARIVE DUE: Unique Name for a New Dark Star by Paula Guran on DarkEcho.com (1997)
- Tananarive Due: 'My Soul to Keep' on NPR, All Things Considered, October 31, 1997 (Audio)
- Patricia Stevens Due and Tananarive Due on NPR, Fresh Air from WHYY, January 16, 2003 (Audio)
- A Conversation with Tananarive Due, Part 1 on NPR, News & Notes, January 17, 2006 (Audio)
- A Conversation with Tananarive Due, Part 2 on NPR, News & Notes, January 18, 2006 (Audio)
- Inside "Casanegra" Discussion with Tananarive Due, Blair Underwood, and Steven Barnes on NPR, News & Notes, July 2, 2007 (Audio)
- Black Science Fiction and Fantasy with Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, and Sheree R. Thomas on NPR, News & Notes, August 13, 2007 (Audio)
- League of Reluctant Adults Interview: Tananarive Due (2008)