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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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Put It in Ink

Nikiya Barnett is no spring chicken and she is too smart, too independent, and too wise to see the truth and ignore it. With every ounce of strength she has, she lets go of the only man she thinks she’ll ever love. Just when she is convinced that moving forward, means...

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Dying to Love You

Meet Kiyera James, a smart and sassy 27 year old with her life well put together. All she ever wanted was someone who was on her level that she could share her ambitions with, but she finds herself stuck in an unfulfilling situation. She has been down for her...

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Stealing His Heart

At twenty-one years old, Gennico, aka Juice, and his twin sister, Jennifer, aka Jen, are the envy of all socialites. Being born and raised in a life of crime, these two have always had the best of everything. After the death of their parents, Jen and Juice decide they...

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Chains

Lusting after his brother's wife is a sin.Obi knows he shouldn't be in love with his brother's wife, but he can't help himself. He's always been the second fiddle to everyone, but this time Obi knows what he wants and he's going to get it.Had he not pursued her like...

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More Than I Can Bare

****Standalone Novel****Nicole is twenty-seven years old and works as a financial adviser for a small bank. When a banking client she's had a crush on continues to pursue her, Nicole decides to throw caution to the wind and jump back in the dating game. The two...

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The Bedwarmer’s Son

What if Abel had killed Cain, but there was no jury of his peers? In 1928 Georgia, a black man who kills a white man is automatically guilty, but the bedwarmer’s son, an ex-slave, is no normal black man. And the dead white man is his half-brother. Once his lily-white...

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That Crazy, Dope, Hood Kinda Love

It's hard being the best, but when you are, there’s no point in denying it. Even if you do, people still see it. That’s exactly the case with the Karsen brothers. Their name means everything in Philly, especially to those who run the streets that they control. The...

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She Can’t Love You Better

With tears streaming down her cheeks, Blair looked at the man that used to belong to her and asked, "Why don't you love me the way that you love her?"For five years, Blair has been caught up in a steamy love triangle that she just can't seem to wiggle her heart out of...

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It’s You I’m Luvin’

Franklin, better known as ‘Mookie’ in the streets, has moved to Houston after tragically losing his girlfriend and baby. For over a year he stays clear and free of a relationship. That is until Camari comes along. She is able to open up his heart, and in return, he...

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My All Wasn’t Enough

In this twisted love affair, you will meet Zoe, a divorced single mother who seeks comfort in married men. She is all about money, and does not care a bit about them going back home to their wives. After the heartache that her ex-husband left her with, she vows to...

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The Cheater’s Club

Once a cheater, always a cheater, especially when you’re a professional cheater. The Cheaters Club is a tale of five individuals, doing their dirty work behind each other’s back. Money, jealousy, and lies take place as these five characters, Braxton, Shalisa, Banks,...

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Cuffed by a Trap God

“He never really loved me.”Malone Sophia Adams, born and raised in the gritty streets of East Atlanta, Zone 6. She’s been in a committed relationship, with her first love Crim for six years. On the outside, looking in you would think Malone had at it all. The love of...

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You Can’t Touch My Hair

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • “A must-read...Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you.”—Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad CityA hilarious and timely essay collection...

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Bless and Anyah

BlessFamily…I love 'em and will do anything for 'em. Doesn't matter whether it's lieing, we cheating or gotta kill 'em. Me and my friends, Juice and Aaron own Club Palace, which is the hottest club in Fayetteville, North Carolina. When it gets hot, niggas start acting...

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If It Ain’t You

This ain’t your ordinary hood story. My mama wasn’t no crackhead or prostitute. I didn’t sleep on a pissy ass mattress in a roach-infested project building. My life was good, and I had a bright future ahead of myself. But life—life happened, so I had to do things I...

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Wallace Family Affairs

Tracy hasn’t always made the right choices in her life. It seems like she always has to learn things the hard way. Her parents raised her to be a good Christian woman, but she had her own ideas about how she wanted to live her life. Not completely out on the wild...

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In Love With the King of Richmond

"Always protect your brother", were the words Privilege instilled into his sons growing up. Filling their fathers shoes hasn't been easy but both brothers have managed in their own way.Prior, being the oldest, he feels he needs to take on everything. With the...

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In Love With the King of Miami

According to popular opinion, living the fast life, won’t last. However, Cartier ‘Carti’ Townsend have no plans on slowing down. His climb to the top, where he reigns as the King of Miami, hasn’t been easy. After the loss of his pops Cartier Sr, Carti made a vow that...

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A Timeless Love

Dena Meadows is a professional woman, wife, and student working on her Ph.D. Her world is shattered when she finds that her husband has been cheating on her with a younger woman. Coming from a family of failed relationships and secrets, Dena is the first in her family...

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Never Cross a Boss

She doesn’t have the perfect life.She has the perfect man. Kayla would do anything for her man, Marcus. But when his apartment gets shot up, she’s hellbent on uncovering who’s out to get him. Unable to rely on her deadbeat mother, Kayla must shoulder the burden of...

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Until Ray

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.HE IS LOST…Ray lives in northwest Detroit in a...

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Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize traces the movement from the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case in 1954 to the march on Selma and the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. This is a companion volume to the first part of the acclaimed PBS series.

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The Keepers of the House

A “beautifully written” Pulitzer Prize–winning novel about prejudice and a distinguished family’s secrets in the American South (The Atlantic Monthly). Seven generations of the Howland family have lived in the Alabama plantation home built by an ancestor who fought...

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Ultimate Escape

The Vacation of a Lifetime? Only if She Can Survive It…A bad breakup and a worse bout of boredom sent Nola Bailey halfway around the world. But instead of cold cocktails and sandy beaches, she finds the irresistible Duarte Cruz and a whole mess of trouble. Cruz is...

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Exclusive

How much access do you need to have a serious relationship with the most desirable bachelor in the country? Journalist Tisha Ariel Nikkole and music executive Jordan Ellis are about to find out. As the story opens Tisha is on her way to interview a private and...

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The Forged Note

An African American Romance Novel for The Ages Love is a journey two hearts make together.At the age of twenty-one, Sidney Wyeth is a homesteader on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, where he is one of the few Negro settlers. Crossing paths with a young...

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Privacy

Privacy is the sequel to Exclusive by Yasmin Shiraz. This fast paced novel picks up where Exclusive left the audience on a cliffhanger. On trial for the attempted murder of the conniving woman who tried to ruin her life, journalist Tisha Ariel Nikkole focuses on...

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Betrayed by Love

? Betrayed by Love is an Urban Mystery. It’s not your typical shattered love story.?Gerald, Jenny and Micole are tangled in a love affair with secrets that can be devastating to their off-springs, Nyla and Nature. When a couple of them are found dead, secrets are...

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Behind Closed Doors

Prepare to submerge yourself in this spicy and entertaining offering by new author K F Johnson as Behind Closed Doors takes you on a roller coaster of deceit! Siblings Brenda and Brian Andrews seem to have it all. Good looks, money and charm go a long way among the...

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Under Covers

Naomi Savoy is five days away from marrying Jordan Lennox, the man of her dreams, when she is faced with her worst nightmare. Her sister is missing. When her search for her sister sets her on a path into her past, she is forced to ask for help from the last person on...

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Silly of Me

Silly of Me is the story about women who learn valuable lessons about love and friendship. LaBrea is looking for love in all the wrong places. She works her way into Lyric, Phaedra's and her cousin Sade's circle. Lyric is happily married to Aries they seem to have the...

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Side Chicks

Side Chicks don’t know their place…but one wife is here to remind them of where they belong.Remember when side chicks were undercover and ashamed of the men they slept with? Those days are long gone. Side bitches are bold in their quest to steal husbands and...

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He’s for Everybody

Your man is supposed to be yours and yours only!What do you do when you find out that not only is your man not loyal to you but to find out that he hold many secrets that unravel one at a time. Jazz is a good girl who is all for her J, he was everything to her and all...

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The View From Here

The View from Here focuses on the beauties and hardships of marriage; the betrayals and promises made between husbands and wives; and the grief of one woman haunted by secrets.Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is...

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Black Rainbow

A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy…After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and...

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Put It in Ink

Nikiya Barnett is no spring chicken and she is too smart, too independent, and too wise to see the truth and ignore it. With every ounce of strength she has, she lets go of the only man she thinks she’ll ever love. Just when she is convinced that moving forward, means...

read more

Dying to Love You

Meet Kiyera James, a smart and sassy 27 year old with her life well put together. All she ever wanted was someone who was on her level that she could share her ambitions with, but she finds herself stuck in an unfulfilling situation. She has been down for her...

read more

Stealing His Heart

At twenty-one years old, Gennico, aka Juice, and his twin sister, Jennifer, aka Jen, are the envy of all socialites. Being born and raised in a life of crime, these two have always had the best of everything. After the death of their parents, Jen and Juice decide they...

read more

Chains

Lusting after his brother's wife is a sin.Obi knows he shouldn't be in love with his brother's wife, but he can't help himself. He's always been the second fiddle to everyone, but this time Obi knows what he wants and he's going to get it.Had he not pursued her like...

read more

More Than I Can Bare

****Standalone Novel****Nicole is twenty-seven years old and works as a financial adviser for a small bank. When a banking client she's had a crush on continues to pursue her, Nicole decides to throw caution to the wind and jump back in the dating game. The two...

read more

The Bedwarmer’s Son

What if Abel had killed Cain, but there was no jury of his peers? In 1928 Georgia, a black man who kills a white man is automatically guilty, but the bedwarmer’s son, an ex-slave, is no normal black man. And the dead white man is his half-brother. Once his lily-white...

read more

That Crazy, Dope, Hood Kinda Love

It's hard being the best, but when you are, there’s no point in denying it. Even if you do, people still see it. That’s exactly the case with the Karsen brothers. Their name means everything in Philly, especially to those who run the streets that they control. The...

read more

She Can’t Love You Better

With tears streaming down her cheeks, Blair looked at the man that used to belong to her and asked, "Why don't you love me the way that you love her?"For five years, Blair has been caught up in a steamy love triangle that she just can't seem to wiggle her heart out of...

read more

It’s You I’m Luvin’

Franklin, better known as ‘Mookie’ in the streets, has moved to Houston after tragically losing his girlfriend and baby. For over a year he stays clear and free of a relationship. That is until Camari comes along. She is able to open up his heart, and in return, he...

read more

My All Wasn’t Enough

In this twisted love affair, you will meet Zoe, a divorced single mother who seeks comfort in married men. She is all about money, and does not care a bit about them going back home to their wives. After the heartache that her ex-husband left her with, she vows to...

read more

The Cheater’s Club

Once a cheater, always a cheater, especially when you’re a professional cheater. The Cheaters Club is a tale of five individuals, doing their dirty work behind each other’s back. Money, jealousy, and lies take place as these five characters, Braxton, Shalisa, Banks,...

read more

Cuffed by a Trap God

“He never really loved me.”Malone Sophia Adams, born and raised in the gritty streets of East Atlanta, Zone 6. She’s been in a committed relationship, with her first love Crim for six years. On the outside, looking in you would think Malone had at it all. The love of...

read more

You Can’t Touch My Hair

A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • “A must-read...Phoebe Robinson discusses race and feminism in such a funny, real, and specific way, it penetrates your brain and stays with you.”—Ilana Glazer, co-creator and co-star of Broad CityA hilarious and timely essay collection...

read more

Bless and Anyah

BlessFamily…I love 'em and will do anything for 'em. Doesn't matter whether it's lieing, we cheating or gotta kill 'em. Me and my friends, Juice and Aaron own Club Palace, which is the hottest club in Fayetteville, North Carolina. When it gets hot, niggas start acting...

read more

If It Ain’t You

This ain’t your ordinary hood story. My mama wasn’t no crackhead or prostitute. I didn’t sleep on a pissy ass mattress in a roach-infested project building. My life was good, and I had a bright future ahead of myself. But life—life happened, so I had to do things I...

read more

Wallace Family Affairs

Tracy hasn’t always made the right choices in her life. It seems like she always has to learn things the hard way. Her parents raised her to be a good Christian woman, but she had her own ideas about how she wanted to live her life. Not completely out on the wild...

read more

In Love With the King of Miami

According to popular opinion, living the fast life, won’t last. However, Cartier ‘Carti’ Townsend have no plans on slowing down. His climb to the top, where he reigns as the King of Miami, hasn’t been easy. After the loss of his pops Cartier Sr, Carti made a vow that...

read more

A Timeless Love

Dena Meadows is a professional woman, wife, and student working on her Ph.D. Her world is shattered when she finds that her husband has been cheating on her with a younger woman. Coming from a family of failed relationships and secrets, Dena is the first in her family...

read more

Never Cross a Boss

She doesn’t have the perfect life.She has the perfect man. Kayla would do anything for her man, Marcus. But when his apartment gets shot up, she’s hellbent on uncovering who’s out to get him. Unable to rely on her deadbeat mother, Kayla must shoulder the burden of...

read more

Until Ray

Two people in the same city but worlds apart.Until Ray is an unconventional love story of how two young people transitioning into adulthood find each other and develop a bond that will be tested through three decades.HE IS LOST…Ray lives in northwest Detroit in a...

read more

Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize traces the movement from the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case in 1954 to the march on Selma and the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. This is a companion volume to the first part of the acclaimed PBS series.

read more

The Keepers of the House

A “beautifully written” Pulitzer Prize–winning novel about prejudice and a distinguished family’s secrets in the American South (The Atlantic Monthly). Seven generations of the Howland family have lived in the Alabama plantation home built by an ancestor who fought...

read more

Ultimate Escape

The Vacation of a Lifetime? Only if She Can Survive It…A bad breakup and a worse bout of boredom sent Nola Bailey halfway around the world. But instead of cold cocktails and sandy beaches, she finds the irresistible Duarte Cruz and a whole mess of trouble. Cruz is...

read more