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When The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983, its author Alice Walker became the first woman of color to win the prize. She also went on to win the National Book Award for Fiction in the same year. Mel Watkins of the New York Times Book Review described the novel as a “striking and consummately well-written novel,” praising its powerful emotional impact and epistolary structure.

Beginning in the 1970s, African American interest books reached the mainstream as literature by Black writers continually achieved best-selling and award-winning status – this was also the period when the work of African-American writers became recognised as a distinct and legitimate genre of American literature.

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The period of the 1970s saw many African-American books on bestseller lists. One of the first to do so was Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley. A fictionalized account of Haley’s family history which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a popular tv miniseries.

Other important writers include Gayl Jones, Rasheed Clark, Ishmael Reed, Jamaica Kincaid, Randall Kenan, and John Edgar Wideman. Poet Maya Angelou read a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, Rita Dove won a Pulitzer Prize and served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1993 to 1995, and Cyrus Cassells’s Soul Make a Path through Shouting was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Natasha Trethewey won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with her book Native Guard. In 2004 Edward P. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his book The Known World.

Young African-American novelists include David Anthony Durham, Karen E. Quinones Miller, Tayari Jones, Kalisha Buckhanon, Mat Johnson, ZZ Packer and Colson Whitehead, among many others.

An African-American pioneer in genre fiction is Chester Himes, who in the 1950s and ’60s wrote a series of pulp fiction detective novels featuring “Coffin” Ed Johnson and “Gravedigger” Jones, two New York City police detectives. Himes paved the way for the later crime novels of Walter Mosley and Hugh Holton. African Americans are also represented in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror, with Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Robert Fleming, Brandon Massey, Charles R. Saunders, John Ridley, John M. Faucette, Sheree Thomas and Nalo Hopkinson just at the beginning of a very long list.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award African American Interest Book – The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Highly reviewed African American interest books – Deliverance Mary Fields by Miantae Metcalf McConnell

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From The Gutter To The Trap

Don Diva, Queen Baptiste is the daughter of a New Orlean's prostitute and knows nothing about fairytales. Her tumultuous life often leads her down a path of destruction and chaos. Just when life has gotten the best of her, Queen's story changes.Now addicted to power...

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I Thought I Had Your Heart

They say you can't be wifey yet whining like the side chick, especially being the wife of one of Miami biggest ballers. Drama seemed to follow Trina in every direction but she was determined to stand by her title as "Wifey" and put aside the weak chick emotions. After...

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The Secrets of Mary Bowser

“Masterfully written, The Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.”—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader “Packed with drama, intrigue, love, loss, and most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine….What a...

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Dear Martin

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA WILLIAM C. MORRIS FINALIST"Raw and gripping." —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys"A must-read!” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give Raw, captivating, and...

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The Delta Blues

The Delta Blues is a coming of age story about family, secrets, and acceptance. Grace Banks is trying to find her place in society. Dealing with body image and self-esteem, things go south when family secrets are unintentionally revealed. After an untimely death in...

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Tied to a Boss

"The Game..." makes for strange bedfellows. Local gangster Dante (Jack Boy) knows more than anybody how dangerous and ruthless the streets can be. But against his better instincts allows himself to fall for a local female gangster named Alinna. Considered to be...

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Sisters of Grace

When lightning strikes the roof of Grace Apostolic Faith Church in Grace, Alabama, during a tropical storm, Andrew Hunt stops to fix it. Once he does, he finds himself immersed in the middle an "almost" wedding and a flood of Gray family drama.Andrew had left Virginia...

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Insurrection

Friendships have been broken and unlikely alliances formed.The Determination of a Victim...Crystal has survived eighteen months of trauma at the hands of the SOT. She now has two options: she can either fade into obscurity, or fight. She chooses to fight—along with...

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Paint

The tin-roofed farmhouse off County Road 43 doesn’t whisper. It talks. It even fusses occasionally. At times, it contains a cacophony of Southern voices, at times a symphony. It is rarely quiet because it is a home ... and, it is haunted.Most of the houses and homes,...

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Love, Even if It Hurts (Book 1)

The beauty’s in the fall… For Autumn, the education she’s getting from books just isn’t helping her in the life she leads. After all, a young black woman needs to learn a lot more than just what comes from school. With graduation coming up and college right around the...

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Started From the Top Now I’m Here

Sonnet Banks was what some would consider to be hood royalty, everything from her 3,000 sq foot condo to her massive Hermes collection spelled luxury. She was also the ultimate backstabbing bitch and didn’t apologize for it. She will do whatever it takes to come up in...

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Until Forever Dies

Faye had dreams of making it to Hollywood with the love of her life, Braun, by her side. But when Braun murders the wrong suspect on a bad drug deal, his life is put at risk—causing the relationship between him and Faye to crumble. Braun is now a target in the streets...

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Adore You (Book 1)

Devorah Lee has spent her adult life searching for a guy who has The Zing, but has a penchant for falling for the wrong guy… …enter Ellis Taylor — the notorious playboy brother of her ex who’s on a mission to show her he’s Mr. Right.

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Black Butterfly

BLACK BUTTERFLY "The Original" (soon to be a movie)Deep inside the heart of east Baltimore's most treacherous projects lives Eboni; a single mother accused of a murder she didn't commit. With the police and FBI hot on her trail, she has to shield her family and young...

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Two Can Play That Game

Mya is a hopeless romantic and she plans to make someone the perfect wife one day. But after countless breakups and meaningless one night stands, she's given up on hope of finding love and is sure she will grow old alone. Then she meets Gavin. Gavin is sexy, rich, and...

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Scandalous Affairs

After almost six years of marriage, Maceo and Chrissy’s marriage could be over. Maceo has overlooked the vow of “forsaking all others”, so it’s hard for him to stay faithful. Maceo is extremely sexy, and women are always throwing their goodies at him. He loves his...

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Trap Fever

Twenty-two-year-old Aleesha realizes she deserves better in life, especially when it comes down to her relationships. For too long she’s endured hurt and betrayal from the men in her world, and instead of getting tired of love, she gets even. She’s been having an...

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Secrets, Lies, and Soul Ties

Secrets, Lies, and Soul Ties is an urban novel filled with drama from start to finish. This book will keep you guessing because just when you think you know what is going to happen the story takes a sharp turn. Isaiah, Tiffany, Leslie, and Jeremy's lives spin out of...

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Lowkey Lovin’ a Boss

When it comes to love, De’Maceo “Maceo” Perkins has no clue what that is. Never feeling love from anyone other than his brother. Love is a foreign concept until he meets Saiyah Brady. Saiyah is 17 years old, four years Maceo’s junior. Everything about her makes him...

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The Real Hood Wives of St. Pete

It's a hard life, but somebody has to live it. Makayla Jenkins has been struggling to care for her two-year-old son ever since his father got locked up. She makes a huge mistake and ends up getting pregnant. The last thing she needs is to bring another unwanted child...

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Don’t Cry, Cheat Back

We’ve all been in painful situations just like we have all been cheated on one time or another. Sometimes when it happens, we ask ourselves why our significant other cheated on us. Sometimes we sit around mad at the world until we make up. Sometimes we realize enough...

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Love Anew (Book 1)

A BWWM Billionaire Romance StoryJohn loves his wife very much but how can he grant the dying woman's wishes without feeling guilty about it?***Due to sexually graphic content and language that some may find offensive, this book is intended for mature readers...

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Cold: Reloaded (Parts 1, 2, 3)

Part I-ColdLies and betrayal is definitely an understatement when it comes to the life of prosecutor, Tiffany Moore. Weird things have been happening to her for the past few weeks, and no one can help her, not even her cool, calm and collective defense attorney...

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Tethered Angel

This is the Part 2 of Struggles of the Women Folk. Angel, Georgie's daughter tells you what occurs before, during and after her abduction. The story takes place during the turbulent 1950s. Accompany Angel as she travels the world with Miss Emily Barker and her...

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Salvation: The Prelude (Book 1)

She said....He saved me from becoming the woman I never wanted to be and that was my mother. He said....She saved me from being alone and dying to soon. Moses Parks is a man with the million dollar plan but soon realizes that money can not buy happiness. Searching for...

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Cash Money Girls

Tamika has had a whirlwind of events take place in the last year. The rise to the top was sweet but bitter, with the FEDS crushing down on CMG. It puts the team in a tight squeeze and in federal custody. Barely surviving being shot several times, Tamika was put in a...

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Incarcerated (Katie and Logan)

We all wear two masks. One to hide from the world. The other to hide from ourselves.From Inger Iversen, the first book in a best-selling BWWM romance duology that reaches across the great divide between prejudice and love. Katie Andreasson’s home office, where she...

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Queen of the City

The streets are dangerous,Full of drugs, sex, guns, and rap.Freestyle rap artist, Lyric, is at the height of her career. But when, her boyfriend is gunned down in cold blood after a drug deal gone bad, Lyric's life takes a turn for the worse. Trying something new in...

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Brown Sugar

Can a man and woman truly be friends? Shugg and Cedric would both agree, although deep down there’s more between them than what they’re both willing to admit. Their attraction toward each other extends well beyond the point of friendship. As life takes them on...

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The Arraignment 2

The Underworld is a street-crime collection that starts with Please Catch My Soul, Pointe of No Return, From His Rib, The Christ Family, Stranger In My Eyes and Resentment.The Arraignment II is a short story that progresses the story forward to the court date. The...

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Raised in the Trap

Learning a few life lessons in the hood with her family, Porsha Jackson is now faced with struggling and surviving on her own. After being snitched on about a double murder; the Jackson home is raided and charges upon charges are stacked against Calvin & Trinity for...

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Never Be the Same

GOOD2GO PUBLISHING PRESENTSA NOVEL FROM SILK WHITEMeet Paige, a famous actress whose career is on the come up. Things couldn't be better, until her front door is kicked in by the police. After being forced to snitch on her fiancé or go to jail, Paige makes a decision...

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When Love Hurts (Book 1)

I've lost my grandmother to a heart attack, the house to foreclosure, and now I'm living in Chicago with a man I swear is cheating on me. I thought he was my soul mate but I was wrong, and now I feel…I just feel…."I love this book…I couldn't put this book...

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Don’t Touch My Crown

We are the perfect couple, we’re just not in the perfect situation For years, Mafia, sat in misery as she witnessed her husband, Prentice, share the very thing that was supposed to be reserved for her. He was numb to her heartache and Mafia was simply exhausted. She...

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Wife of a Misfit (Book 8)

YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS FROM "CAMERON 7" ARE BACK IN THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SPIN-OFFDiana's entire life changed when she met Tariq Haddad aka Rico. With his suave demeanor and devilishly handsome looks, he was every girl's dream and every father's worst nightmare....

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From The Gutter To The Trap

Don Diva, Queen Baptiste is the daughter of a New Orlean's prostitute and knows nothing about fairytales. Her tumultuous life often leads her down a path of destruction and chaos. Just when life has gotten the best of her, Queen's story changes.Now addicted to power...

read more

I Thought I Had Your Heart

They say you can't be wifey yet whining like the side chick, especially being the wife of one of Miami biggest ballers. Drama seemed to follow Trina in every direction but she was determined to stand by her title as "Wifey" and put aside the weak chick emotions. After...

read more

The Secrets of Mary Bowser

“Masterfully written, The Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.”—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader “Packed with drama, intrigue, love, loss, and most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine….What a...

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Dear Martin

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA WILLIAM C. MORRIS FINALIST"Raw and gripping." —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys"A must-read!” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give Raw, captivating, and...

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The Delta Blues

The Delta Blues is a coming of age story about family, secrets, and acceptance. Grace Banks is trying to find her place in society. Dealing with body image and self-esteem, things go south when family secrets are unintentionally revealed. After an untimely death in...

read more

Tied to a Boss

"The Game..." makes for strange bedfellows. Local gangster Dante (Jack Boy) knows more than anybody how dangerous and ruthless the streets can be. But against his better instincts allows himself to fall for a local female gangster named Alinna. Considered to be...

read more

Sisters of Grace

When lightning strikes the roof of Grace Apostolic Faith Church in Grace, Alabama, during a tropical storm, Andrew Hunt stops to fix it. Once he does, he finds himself immersed in the middle an "almost" wedding and a flood of Gray family drama.Andrew had left Virginia...

read more

Insurrection

Friendships have been broken and unlikely alliances formed.The Determination of a Victim...Crystal has survived eighteen months of trauma at the hands of the SOT. She now has two options: she can either fade into obscurity, or fight. She chooses to fight—along with...

read more

Paint

The tin-roofed farmhouse off County Road 43 doesn’t whisper. It talks. It even fusses occasionally. At times, it contains a cacophony of Southern voices, at times a symphony. It is rarely quiet because it is a home ... and, it is haunted.Most of the houses and homes,...

read more

Love, Even if It Hurts (Book 1)

The beauty’s in the fall… For Autumn, the education she’s getting from books just isn’t helping her in the life she leads. After all, a young black woman needs to learn a lot more than just what comes from school. With graduation coming up and college right around the...

read more

Until Forever Dies

Faye had dreams of making it to Hollywood with the love of her life, Braun, by her side. But when Braun murders the wrong suspect on a bad drug deal, his life is put at risk—causing the relationship between him and Faye to crumble. Braun is now a target in the streets...

read more

Adore You (Book 1)

Devorah Lee has spent her adult life searching for a guy who has The Zing, but has a penchant for falling for the wrong guy… …enter Ellis Taylor — the notorious playboy brother of her ex who’s on a mission to show her he’s Mr. Right.

read more

Black Butterfly

BLACK BUTTERFLY "The Original" (soon to be a movie)Deep inside the heart of east Baltimore's most treacherous projects lives Eboni; a single mother accused of a murder she didn't commit. With the police and FBI hot on her trail, she has to shield her family and young...

read more

Two Can Play That Game

Mya is a hopeless romantic and she plans to make someone the perfect wife one day. But after countless breakups and meaningless one night stands, she's given up on hope of finding love and is sure she will grow old alone. Then she meets Gavin. Gavin is sexy, rich, and...

read more

Scandalous Affairs

After almost six years of marriage, Maceo and Chrissy’s marriage could be over. Maceo has overlooked the vow of “forsaking all others”, so it’s hard for him to stay faithful. Maceo is extremely sexy, and women are always throwing their goodies at him. He loves his...

read more

Trap Fever

Twenty-two-year-old Aleesha realizes she deserves better in life, especially when it comes down to her relationships. For too long she’s endured hurt and betrayal from the men in her world, and instead of getting tired of love, she gets even. She’s been having an...

read more

Secrets, Lies, and Soul Ties

Secrets, Lies, and Soul Ties is an urban novel filled with drama from start to finish. This book will keep you guessing because just when you think you know what is going to happen the story takes a sharp turn. Isaiah, Tiffany, Leslie, and Jeremy's lives spin out of...

read more

Lowkey Lovin’ a Boss

When it comes to love, De’Maceo “Maceo” Perkins has no clue what that is. Never feeling love from anyone other than his brother. Love is a foreign concept until he meets Saiyah Brady. Saiyah is 17 years old, four years Maceo’s junior. Everything about her makes him...

read more

The Real Hood Wives of St. Pete

It's a hard life, but somebody has to live it. Makayla Jenkins has been struggling to care for her two-year-old son ever since his father got locked up. She makes a huge mistake and ends up getting pregnant. The last thing she needs is to bring another unwanted child...

read more

Don’t Cry, Cheat Back

We’ve all been in painful situations just like we have all been cheated on one time or another. Sometimes when it happens, we ask ourselves why our significant other cheated on us. Sometimes we sit around mad at the world until we make up. Sometimes we realize enough...

read more

Love Anew (Book 1)

A BWWM Billionaire Romance StoryJohn loves his wife very much but how can he grant the dying woman's wishes without feeling guilty about it?***Due to sexually graphic content and language that some may find offensive, this book is intended for mature readers...

read more

Cold: Reloaded (Parts 1, 2, 3)

Part I-ColdLies and betrayal is definitely an understatement when it comes to the life of prosecutor, Tiffany Moore. Weird things have been happening to her for the past few weeks, and no one can help her, not even her cool, calm and collective defense attorney...

read more