"I was able to conjure my own self," says Black American writer Zora Neale Hurston in the non-stop phenomenon that is Letters from Zora.
The PBS American Masters series is airing a biopic about the writer who made a career out of being a "professional amateur."
An almost unknown dimension of his amazing career, discovered by his heirs only after his death in 2004, was Hoff's work for left-wing periodicals in the '30s.
She won a National Book Critics Circle prize for "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," and is a three-time winner of the Governor General's prize.
Author Chinua Achebe, who revolutionized literature concerning Africa with his groundbreaking novel, "Things Fall Apart," inspired generations of African writers.