Grant Harper Reid Award Winning Author

Writer in New York

Grant Harper Reid Award Winning Author

Writer in New York

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"LEONARD HARPER WAY" located 0n 132nd St. & 7th. Ave. in Harlem was named after my grandfather.

Rhythm For Sale is the book about my grandfather "Harlem Renaissance" Stager Leonard Harper. I did many years of research to recreate my grandfather's wonderful life in theater. They used to call it "Colored Musical Comedy". He trained and discovered the best of them. Without his works we would not have the Broadways musicals that we all enjoy today.

The people in Rhythm For Sale are written with all of the full dimensions. Their emotions both happy and sad. I was bound to depict their stories forthrightly because as a child, I knew and loved many of them personally.

It's not the regular run-of-the-mill historical read as my portrayals are not only amusing, delightfully funny but are totally real and authentically researched. The incidents come alive and we are allowed into the party with them in their settings with first class seats. I grew up listening to my grandmother's friends and I know how they talked and walked with rhythm. I also payed attention to their bizarre thought patterns while witnessing their outlandish behavior and peculiar lifestyles. These observations helped me greatly with the tone of the book.

Please visit: www.rhythmforsale.com website below to view parts of what Leonard Harper Directed and Choreographed.

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  • Work
    • Writer. Former Film Locations
  • Education
    • Bard College & The Institute of New Cinema Artists