Maya Angelou's memoirs and books of essays and poetry have sold millions of copies. Now, MAYA ANGELOU: A GLORIOUS CELEBRATION offers an unusual and irresistible look at her life and her myriad interests and accomplishments. Created by the people who know her best--her longtime friends Marcia Ann Gillespie and Richard A. Long, and her niece Rosa Johnson Butler--it is part tribute, part scrapbook, capturing Angelou at home, at work, and in the public eye. In photographs, text, and ephemera, MAYA ANGELOU chronicles the writer's childhood in Stamps, Arkansas; her brief-but-illustrious career on the New York stage; her appointment as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Council; and more. There are behind-the-scenes glimpses of Angelou as a down-home regal diva who revels in cooking for a crowd that often includes celebrities like Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, or Quincy Jones along with relatives and old friends--and as the highly disciplined writer who begins her legendary writing process in a local hotel room at 5: 30 a.m. armed with yellow pad, Bible, bottle of sherry, a dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus and a deck of cards for solitaire. Readers who have come to know and love Maya Angelou will be surprised and delighted by this personal, illustrated portrait of the renowned poet, author, playwright, and humanitarian.