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The Georgia Avenue Bus

by Black Author Network

 - Tue, Jan 29 2008

The Georgia Avenue Bus  

Henri Edmonds

Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, this collection of short stories highlights the adventures of Morris Bernard Fletcher and the passengers on the Georgia Avenue Bus. With the life of Morris "Fletch" Fletcher intertwined with his regular customers, this series of short stories fleshes out their lives as they commute along DC's infamous Georgia 70s bus line. Through his eyes, we meet various characters who remind us of our own frailty, glory and struggle to rise above the obstacles that life presents to us because we see our own humanity in them. The colorful characters who ride the bus, will make you laugh or break your heart, yet, they will remain in your memory for a long time.
Book Details
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation (Oct. 13, 2006)
ISBN-10:  1425723330
ISBN-13:  978-1425723330
What Readers are Saying
…Brilliantly funny--A.H. Jenkins
…A delightful read full of life, laughter, and love-- K. E. Collie
…Captures the spirit of city and its people-- B. H. Hudson
…The colorful characters remain in your memory --V. Jenkins

Professional and Media Endorsements
Washington Post Article April 2007
At Amazyn Hair Design, one of 70 beauty shops along  four-mile long Georgia Avenue, Mary Jeffries, center, and Joyce Fowler flip through " The Georgia Avenue Bus," a short fiction about the people on the Avenue, as it often is called. The book was written by Henri Edmonds, pictured on the far left, a professor at Howard University.

Washington Post Article May 2007
Featured in the "Our Picks" segment of the Washington Post's weekend spots and events not to miss each weekend. Henri Edmonds, author of The Georgia Avenue Bus, was featured as the Literary pick of the week.
Author Henri Edmonds available for  cyber chats, book signings, literary events, and speaking engagements

Book can be purchased online from

Online at: Amazon, Borders, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Nobles, Target, Xlibris, Olsson's, in stores at Howard University Bookstore.
Henri Edmonds, B.A., M.A.
Professor- Theatre Arts Howard University, Author, and Actress

Henri Edmonds, who grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, was a performing arts major at Fisk University, obtained an M. A. degree in the theatre at Western Reserve University in 1956, taught theatre and speech at Grambling College.  There she created the third African-American childrens’ theatre in the country.  She came to Washington, DC in 1958 and taught at Howard University in the English Department.

From 1962 to 1972, she was a Speech Pathologist in the Prince George's County School System. In 1973, she joined her brother, Dr. Randolph Edmonds, at the Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles as a speech pathologist.

Henri returned to Howard in 1974, where she is currently a professor of Speech and Theatre. She has served twice as Chair of the department, 1979 - 81 and again in 1999 - 2004. She is committed to the training of knowledgeable theatre artists. She is dedicated to the principle of developing the highest quality of theatre arts, and to the serious investigation and perpetuation of the experiences and aesthetics of Black theatre.

During her tenure at Howard, she expanded her range to include writing many plays and stories for children, most notably Mushy Mouth.  She has produced and directed many plays locally and nationally. She composed the music for Brother, Brother, Brother Mine, which won the Maytime Festival in Dundalk , Ireland .

Her acting credits include the role of Mary Thomas in the highly acclaimed movie "Something The Lord Made" which received three Emmy nominations. The Story of Maple Hill was a winner of the 1996 Baltimore Writers Alliance contest. The Georgia Avenue Bus is a collection of short stories about Morris Bernard Fletcher and the passengers on The Georgia Avenue Bus line. Henri has appeared in several television roles, most notably THE CORNER and THE WIRE. Her writings include the murder mystery theatre play, WHO KILLED RAOUL? and WEARING THE MASK, which was the first drama televised at WHUT  Channel 32.

During her career she has taught many now famous students: Harriet D. Foy, Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy), Anthony Anderson (Hustle and Flow), Nikkole Salter (In the Continuum), Marva Hicks, Carla Hargrove (Hairspray), Frenchie (American Idol) and others who regularly appear on television and film.

Contact the author:
Henri Edmonds, B.A., M.A.

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