Hamilton Heights Book

Well…like everyone else on planet earth, 2020 was all about trying to find one’s “new normal” and survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, we are on our way to resuming life in a healthy and safe way. Somewhere along the way during lockdown, washing my hands a million times and buying too many versions of masks, I began to reflect on my old Harlem Neighborhood in Sugar Hill. I am fairly certain it was after seeing the screen version of “Hamilton” on TV. I had already seen the play at The Pantages in Hollywood, both fabulous.

I started gathering my thoughts, making some notes, writing a few drafts, researching grants and publishers…all with the end goal that I became inspired to write a historical nonfiction book about the beautiful Hamilton Heights AND Sugar Hill Neighborhood I called home as a young woman many decades ago.

So that’s what I am doing. Starting with George Washington camped out in 1776 a very short distance from my old apartment to living six blocks from Alexander Hamilton’s old home – The Grange – I hope to do justice to the history of this lovely neighborhood. Fingers crossed.

2020 Cancelled book festivals

Sadly, I am among the many authors whose appearance at the L.A. Times Festival of Books (April) and the High Desert Book Festival (September) will not happen. We have all been impacted by the cancellation of these festivals this year due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC. I am sorry for the loss of life, the economic challenges and what this pandemic has done to our world emotionally, physically and financially. This too shall pass.

Staged Reading: Just a Note, July 15, 2017

davida note cover


“Just a Note” is my new play, a first experience for me in writing a play. We had a staged reading on July 15, 2017 at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA.



From Left to write below, author and actors: Leslie Gilliam, playwright Davida Siwisa James, Casey Graf and Jana Savage.

bridges with actors