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Vanderbilt Professor weaves tale of compassion in time of fear

Frank E. Dobson, Jr., Ph D, Director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville

"We must recognize that overcoming our biases is a process. Only then will we find the ability to celebrate small steps of progress, and build bridges across lines of racial division."

Thirty years after one of the most brutal strings of racially oriented murders on record, author, speaker and community leader Frank E. Dobson, Jr., offers his fictionalized tale of blacks and whites touched by the crisis in Rendered Invisible. The book's central novella explores the struggles suffered in New York during the 1980's ".22 Caliber" serial killing spree of Joseph Christopher. Rendered Invisible is Dobson's second novel, set to release on August 3, 2010 by Plain View Press.

"Blending history with a strong story of transformation in my characters allowed me to offer a message of hope within the context of what was a horrific situation. Not all issues are resolved in the book but that is reality. We must recognize that overcoming our biases is a process. Only then will we find the ability to celebrate small steps of progress, and build bridges across lines of racial division," explains Dobson.

Frank E. Dobson Jr. serves as director of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University and as Faculty Head of Gillette House in The Commons at Vanderbilt, Additionally; he is a Visiting Professor at Fisk University in Nashville. His leadership role has been recognized at Vanderbilt by his inclusion on numerous University councils and committees, by the Nashville community at large where he serves on boards for multiple non-profit organizations and by the national media where he is sought for perspective on issues of race, class, gender and contemporary culture.

In addition to the novella that is the preponderance of the book, Rendered Invisible contains five critically acclaimed short stories that continue the theme of race conciliation. Each story mirrors current events such as the random killing of a young child in the wrong place at the wrong time, a sports hero pulled over by police because of his color and more.

Dobson has published extensively including a previous novel The Race Is Not Given (1999, SterlingHouse Publishers) as well as poetry, fiction and nonfiction, in such publications and anthologies as Pacific Poetry and Fiction Review, Warpland, and Proverbs for the People. His work has explored such diverse figures as Clint Eastwood, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and has appeared in such professional journals as Ameriquests, Journal of Family Life, and Public Voices. His plays include Fridays Without Pay and Young Messiahs Fly, both of which were presented at the National Black Theatre Festival, in Winston Salem, NC, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Young Messiahs Fly has also been presented in New York City, Nashville, Tennessee, and Toledo, Ohio.

More About Frank Dobson: Dobson received his B.A. from the University at Buffalo. He holds an M.A. (UNLV) and Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University) and was also the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, during which he studied at the University of Pennsylvania. Married and the father of three, Dobson has received several awards for his writing, including the Zora Neale Hurston/Bessie Head Fiction Writer's Award from the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers' Conference in 1996, in Chicago.

About Plain View Press: A 34 year-old issue-based literary publishing house with over 400 writers from numerous countries. PO Box 42255, Austin, TX 78704, 512.441.2452, sb(at)plainviewpress(dot)net

Dobson Contact Information:
Media: media(at)frankedobsonjr(dot)com            
More on Dobson: http://www.frankedobsonjr.com

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