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Lorene Cary was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1956. In 11th grade, she enrolled in the formerly all-white, all-male St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Cary tells the story in Black Ice, which reviewers have called “brutally honest” and “stunning.” Her first novel, The Price of a Child, fictionalized the story of a female fugitive from slavery and was selected in 2003 as the inaugural One Book, One Philadelphia choice. Cary’s other works include a girlfriend novel, Pride; FREE! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad, for young readers; and If Sons, Then Heirs, a family saga with love, land, and lynching at its center.


The founder of Art Sanctuary and has twice received the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches Creative Writing. Cary wrote scripts for the videos at President’s House memorial on Independence Mall; and she has received the Philadelphia Award and six honorary doctorates.


Ladysitting: My Year with Nana at the End of Her Century was published in May 2019 by Norton. If you read and enjoy, please write a review, suggest to your bookclub. Already, one professor is reading an advanced copy to teach alongside Black Ice. 


Cary is currently on deadline to revise My General Tubmanher first play, or as director James Ijames says, "your world premiere," for January 2020.

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