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Queenie : godmother of Harlem  Cover Image Book Book

Queenie : godmother of Harlem / Elizabeth Colomba, Aurélie Levy.

Colomba, Elizabeth, (author,, artist.). Lévy, Aurélie, (author.).


"Queenie follows the life of Stephanie Saint-Clair-the infamous criminal who made herself a legend in Harlem in the 1930s. Born on a plantation in the French colony of Martinique, Saint-Clair left the island in 1912 and found success in New York, rising up through poverty and battling extreme racism to become the ruthless queen of Harlem's mafia and a fierce defender of the Black community. A racketeer and a bootlegger, Saint-Clair dedicated her wealth and compassion to the struggling masses of Harlem, giving loans and paying debts to those around her. But with Prohibition ending, and under threat by Italian mobsters seeking to take control of her operation, she launched a merciless war to save her territory and her skin. Author Aurelie Levy and co-writer and illustrator Elizabeth Colomba's meticulous details-in both story and art-bring Saint-Clair's story to life in a tense narrative, against a sometimes bloody backdrop of jazz and voodoo. The story tackles the themes of colonization, corruption, police violence, and racial identity, but above all, Queenie celebrates the genius of a woman forgotten by history"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781419757747
  • ISBN: 1419757741
  • Physical Description: 155 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
  • Edition: English-language edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts Megascope, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Originally published in French in 2021 by Anne Carrière, under the title Queenie, la marraine de Harlem."--Title page verso.
Map on lining papers.
Language Note:
In English; translated from the French.
Subject: St. Clair, Stephanie, 1897-1969 > Comic books, strips, etc.
African American criminals > Comic books, strips, etc.
African American women > Comic books, strips, etc.
Female gang members > New York (State) > New York > Comic books, strips, etc.
Organized crime > New York (State) > New York > Comic books, strips, etc.
Nineteen twenties > Comic books, strips, etc.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) > History > 20th century > Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre: Comics (Graphic works)
Historical comics.
Biographical comics.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Graphic novels.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff - Main Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Poplar Bluff - Main Library FIC GRAPHIC COLOMBA (Text) 38420101799993 NEW ADULT DISPLAY - BOOKS Available -

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