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Celebrating Eleanora E. Tate

Eleanora E. Tate is a children’s book author, folklorist, short-story writer, creative writing teacher, and former newspaper reporter. We’re also proud to say she’s a longtime member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and a former board member.

During the month of November, Wake County Public Libraries will be celebrating Eleanora’s work through a series of free programs around Raleigh. Happenings include a walking tour of downtown, a library presentation, and a movie screening.

For a complete schedule, click here.

Eleanora was named a 1999 Zora Neale Hurston Award winner (with Dr. John Hope Franklin) by the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc., of which she is a former national president. She is also a recipient of its Circle of Elders Award.

Her book Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance, the 2007 AAUW North Carolina Book Award Winner in Juvenile Literature, was published in April 2007 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. It was also a 2008 International Reading Association “Teachers’ Choice Award” winner. She is the author of several other award-winning books, including Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! and Just an Overnight Guest (Dial, 1980, Just Us Books, 1997), which was made into an award-winning television film in 1983.

Her website is

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