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David Durham was also a pseudonym of mystery writer William Edward Vickers.

David Anthony Durham has thus far built his reputation as an historical novelist. His first novel, Gabriel's Story, centered on African American settlers in the American West. Walk Through Darkness followed a runaway slave during the tense times leading up to the American Civil War. Pride of Carthage focussed on Hannibal Barca of Ancient Carthagemarker and his war with the Roman Republic. His novels have twice been New York Times Notable Books, won two awards from the American Library Association, and been translated into eight foreign languages. Gabriel's Story, Walk Through Darkness and Acacia are all in development as feature films. Durham's most recently released book, Acacia, is an epic fantasy.

Born in 1969 to parents of Caribbeanmarker ancestry, Durham has traveled widely throughout America and Europe and lived, along with his wife and children, in Scotlandmarker for a number of years. He has worked as an Outward Bound Instructor, and as a whitewater raft guide and kayak instructor. After receiving an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Parkmarker in 1996, he taught at the University of Marylandmarker, University of Massachusetts, and for the Stonecoast MFA Program. He won the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fiction Award in 1992, the 2002 Legacy Award for Debut Fiction and was a Finalist for the 2006 Legacy Award for Fiction. In 2009 he won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He was the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Writer at The Colorado College, and he is now an Associate Professor at California State University Fresno.


Articles, Short Stories

  • “An Act of Faith” (story), will be republished in the anthology It’s All Love, edited by Marita Golden, Doubleday, February 2009.
  • “Appreciation: The Green House, by Mario Vargas Llosa” (book recommendation, with commentary), (The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books, edited by J. Peder Zane, W. W. Norton, January 2007).
  • “Recommendation: A Scot’s Quair, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon” (book recommendation, with commentary), (Post Road, 2005).
  • “An Act of Faith” (story), (Intimacy: Erotic Stories of Love, Lust, and Marriage by Black Men, edited by Robert Fleming, Plume, February 2004).
  • “The Boy-Fish” (story), (Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, edited by Marita Golden and E. Lynn Harris, Harlem Moon Press, October 2002).
  • “The She-Ape and the Occasional Idealist” (short story), (QWF (UK), June/July 2000).
  • “One Room Like a Cave” (story), (Staple: New Writing (UK), 1998).
  • “The Boy-Fish” (story), (Catalyst, Spring 1992).

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