An Interview with Charles Fuller – Part 1

This is part one of my interview with writer Charles Fuller about his new novella Snatch: The Adventures of David and Me in Old New York. This novella or children/young adult story is Fuller’s first children’s book and is an adventure story about two brothers, David and Charles, ‘free’ black kids living in the Five Points neighborhood of antebellum New York City in 1838. A powerful story. I appreciate Mr. Fuller’s previous work, having read and seen A Soldier’s Play and Zooman and the Sign. This work Snatch along with his plays is definitely a tribute to a theme he discussed in this interview: the importance of community. A powerful story that I was honored to read and interview the author of. Book photo courtesy of and audio courtesy of Vania Gulston, WPEB Radio, and -RF.

Author: Dr. Rhone Fraser

Dr. Rhone Fraser is an independent writer and journalist born of Jamaican immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, on October 12, 1979. He moved to Florida in 1989 and graduated from Zephyrhills (FL) High School in 1997. He graduated from Yale University in 2001, after which time he taught in the public school systems in New Haven (CT) and the Bronx for three years. He then began writing independently and finished a documentary play on the life of Fannie Lou Hamer entitled, "Living Sacrifice," for which he still seeks publication. He earned his Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple as of August 31, 2012. His dissertation was a literary and historical analysis of Pauline Hopkins, A. Philip Randolph and Paul Robeson. He also is a freelance editor and radio producer, and is currently producer of WPEB's Freedom Readers on 88.1 FM in Philadelphia.