Pic of the Week: James Baldwin’s “Little Man, Little Man”

Photo by Shawn Miller.

Aisha Karefa-Smart, James Baldwin’s niece, reads from a recently released edition of “Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood,” the only children’s book Baldwin wrote, at a Library of Congress panel discussion on Feb. 28, 2019. Karefa-Smart, a D.C.-based author, wrote the book’s afterword. The book was originally written in 1971, when Baldwin was living in the south of France, the same time and place in which he wrote “If Beale Street Could Talk.” The 120-page novel tells of the adventures of four-year-old TJ – in real life, his nephew and Karefa-Smart’s brother, Tejan Karefa-Smart, who is now a photographer in Paris.

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