Monday, January 13, 2020

Meet NF Fest blogger Alice Faye Duncan!

Alice Faye Duncan loves picture books because they allow her to “sing” without a music education or singing voice. In her words: "YOU DON’T WANT ME TO SING. Really." Although she does play the ukulele on school visits. An only child, Alice grew up in Memphis where she still lives. She was introduced to picture books at library school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Then, at the University of Memphis she took a children’s literature class that inspired her to write Willie Jerome, about a boy who plays jazz on a rooftop, published in 1995. She’s been writing ever since. And in case you were wondering, her top five favorite songs are “Harvest for the World” by the Isley Brothers, “Mister Magic” by Grover Washington, “Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness, “Respect Yourself” by The Staple Singers and “Young, Gifted and Black” by Nina Simone. 


  1. So wonderful to meet you, Alice!

  2. True to the source, thanks for inspiring us!

  3. Nobody sings like Nina Simone - especially me - and maybe you, too, from what you said. What a lovely way to see picture books - as providing that voice. My thanks.