10:59 PM / Wednesday February 21, 2024

13 Jun 2010

Renowned Philly scribe Charles Fuller breaks out with his first novel ‘Snatch’ destined to become an instant classic

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
June 13, 2010 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

By Wendell P. Simpson


Last Thursday, noted Philadelphia playwright, film scenarist and author Charles Fuller introduced his first novel, ‘Snatch’ to an enthusiastic and attentive audience during a book signing at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP).


A crowd of about 100 filled the museum’s auditorium as native son Fuller debuted the book and the story behind the tome’s creation.


‘Snatch,’ set in New York City in 1838, is the story of two brothers, David and Charles, ‘free’ African American kids who meet and befriend an escaped slave while eluding a notoriously efficient slaver catcher called Snatch. The book’s rich, detailed narrative unveils a portrait of life for free Blacks in antebellum New York.


Fuller is best known for his play, ‘A Soldiers’ Play’, which earned a coveted Pulitzer Prize, and which served as the basis for his Oscar-nominated screenplay, ‘A Soldiers’ Story’. Other work for which Fuller has won acclaim include the plays ‘Zoo man and the Sign,’ an Obie award winner, and ‘The Village: A Party’.


‘Snatch’ is Fuller’s first work aimed specifically at children. It is a work whose origins lie with a long time promise the writer made to his kids to portray a story about African American youth.


“‘Snatch’ took forty years to happen,” Fuller explained. “There were many stories about our great heroes who fought in the civil rights struggle, but I wanted to write a book in which the heroes were two young black kids. I also wanted to do something that would allow them to decide the outcome of the story.


“I wanted to put the story in history on such a way that kids would be able to see that time, to feel it and to understand that Black people in America were not powerless. History belies that idea.”

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Philly NAACP

Philadelphia NAACP News

February 18, 2024

Tweet Email Tweet Email Related Posts Philadelphia NAACP news as of Feb. 2 Philadelphia NAACP Branch News...

Color Of Money

How to give your business an inviting local flair using design

February 17, 2024

Tweet Email BPT Think of local businesses that feel connected to your community. What comes to mind?...


Four tips to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle

February 17, 2024

Tweet Email BPTIn honor of American Heart Month this February, you can make positive changes to your...


Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl 2024 

February 12, 2024

Tweet Email The Kansas City Chiefs narrowly beat the San Francisco 49ers, becoming the 2024 Super Bowl champions. The...

Fur Babies Rule!

Bow to Wow! America’s top 10 shelter dog makeovers

February 3, 2024

Tweet Email BPTZen was rescued from a horrendous hoarding case. She arrived at the shelter with mange...


Understanding and reducing stroke risks

January 6, 2024

Tweet Email FAMILY FEATURES As the second leading cause of death worldwide, according to World Health Organization,...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff