Thank you for finding your way to my author page. We lovers of the written word have so many choices as to which authors to support, which genres we like, and which new books to explore. And is there anything more exciting than discovering a new author?
I’ve been very blessed to have words – writing them, editing and reading them – as a huge part of my life for the better part of my life. I consider it a privilege to be a writer. And I feel just as blessed to be an avid reader. I believe the two go together. So I hope that you enjoy exploring my work.
HAMILTON HEIGHTS and SUGAR HILL (tentative title)
I am just finishing a historical nonfiction book about this storied neighborhood in Harlem that traces its development from the seventeenth century until 2023. This neighborhood is where Alexander Hamilton built his home, The Grange, in 1802, which is still there and now a historic landmark. Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill were also home to Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thurgood Marshall, and Norman Rockwell. George Washington camped out there in the Mount Morris Mansion in 1776 after his first successful encounter with the British – The Battle of Harlem Heights – at the outset of the American Revolution. There is a lot of incredible history and architecture there. Please look for it in fall 2023, published by Fordham University Press.
My 2018 nonfiction book “Senior Services for the Financially Challenged” is available on Amazon.com in both the print and Kindle versions, as well as Barnes & Noble. The book guides readers through accessing an array of social services available to low-income families. It helps guide them through finding Assisted Living Facilities that can be paid for by Medicaid and getting free help in their homes from the Department of Aging. Please buy a copy today and share on your social networks to help get this important information into the hands of struggling families and caregivers.
On July 15, 2017, I had a table read of my new play “Just a Note” at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and TV. It is my first foray into writing for the stage, but I am encouraged to see where this leads. The play is quite similar to – and a homage to – “Love Letters” by A.R. Guerney. But there are marked differences as well. Please contact me if you would like to receive some pages with the thought of possibly staging it.
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“The South Africa of His Heart” is my first memoir, published in 2007. It covers selected aspects of a thirty-year period in my life – starting at age twenty-two. It concentrates mostly on my relationship with my first husband, a South African expatriate during apartheid. “Life in Brief” Is a collection of my short stories.
Davida Siwisa James