Like most self-published authors, I was attached to the original cover of my book. I thought it was symbolic and eye-catching, and when I realized that Lake Union’s acquisition meant a new cover design, I pouted a little.
The new cover is beautiful, and I’m delighted every time I see it. It is a beautiful, evocative image, and because it's a photograph, it has a life that no other image can have.
The photograph of the woman on my book cover resides in the Library of Congress, and she was included in the 1900 Paris Exposition’s “Exhibit of American Negroes,” assembled by eminent African-American writer and scholar W. E. B. du Bois.
But who was she? In real life, whose sister was she? My ignorance haunts me. I’m in the process of learning more, and I’ll let you know what I find out.