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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eleanor Taylor Bland  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Mystery Non-Fiction

Born: 1944 in Boston, Massachusetts


Illinois Connection

Eleanor Bland lived in Waukegan.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bland has been referred to as "the most prolific among African-American female mystery writers". She was one of the first African-American women to break into suspense fiction. Her popular Marti MacAlister series of books address serious issues: racism, alcoholism, elder issues, child abuse and homelessness. She also edited, ''Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African American Authors'' in 2004.

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-- Eleanor Taylor Bland has received the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and The Chester A. Himes Mystery Fiction Award.