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An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children
Jamaica Kincaid, illustrations by Kara Walker


A unique collaboration from two of America’s leading artists that explores the fascinating and hidden history of the plant world.

In this witty, deeply original book, the renowned novelist Jamaica Kincaid offers an ABC of the plants that define our world and reveals the often brutal history behind them.

Kara Walker, one of America’s greatest visual artists, illustrates each entry with provocative, brilliant, enthralling, many-layered watercolors.

There has never been a book like An Encyclopedia of Gardening for Colored Children—so inventive, surprising, and telling about what our gardens reveal.


Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John’s, Antigua. Her books include At the Bottom of the RiverAnnie JohnLucyThe Autobiography of My MotherMy BrotherMr. Potter, and See Now Then. She teaches at Harvard University and lives in Vermont.

Kara Walker is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, filmmaker, and professor who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes

[H]  Farrar, Straus and Giroux  /  May 07, 2024

1.0" H x 9.12" L x 7.38" W (1.0 lbs) 96 pages