What Do I Read Next?
Gorilla, My Love (1972), Toni Cade Bambara’s first collection of short stories, contains ‘‘Raymond’s Run’’ and places the story within a context of others in which Hazel Parker plays a part. In eight of the fifteen stories in the collection, young children and adolescents play central roles.
Toni Cade’s The Black Woman: An Anthology (1970) collects poems, short stories and essays discussing and reflecting a wide range of concerns of black women in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions (1996), an important posthumous selection of Toni Cade Bambara’s writings, provides the most current context for Bambara’s work, including a preface by Toni Morrison, and several important recent interviews, and Bambara’s writings about film. The selection also includes previously unpublished short stories.
Daughters of the Dust: The Making of an African- American Woman’s Film (1992), by filmmaker Julie Dash, is prefaced by Toni Cade Bambara writing in her capacity as filmmaker, who sees the film as marking the coming of age of independent black cinema.
Paula Giddings’ When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America is a highly accessible narrative history of Black women and their concerns from the seventeenth century to the 1980s.
The anthology Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds (1990) combines two collections of stories by Black women writers originally published in 1975 and 1980, with an updated commentary on each author by the editor Mary Helen Washington. It contains stories by Toni Cade Bambara, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Paule Marshall, among others.