Toni Cade Bambara (bam-BAHR-ah) is best known for her short stories, which appear frequently in anthologies. She has also received recognition as a novelist, essayist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter, as well as a social activist and community leader. Her stories depict the daily lives of ordinary people who live in the African American neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Harlem, and other sections of New York City and the rural South. Although she wrote in other genres, her short stories established her reputation. In Gorilla, My Love (1972), a collection of fifteen stories, Bambara focuses on the love of friends and neighborhood as she portrays the positive side of black family life and stresses the strengths of the African American community. These fast-paced stories, characterized by her use of the black dialect of the street, are full of humorous exchanges and verbal banter. The Sea Birds Are Still Alive (1977) is a collection of short stories that reflect Bambara’s concern with people from other cultures; the title story focuses on the plight of Vietnamese refugees at the end of the Vietnam War. Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays, and Conversations, a collection of Bambara’s writings, most of which never appeared before in print, was published posthumously in 1996.