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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.

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

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My Love Is Deeper

When Chelice and Illijah cross the line of friendship, they find themselves in a struggle between love and lust. They’re in love with each other, but they don’t want to be. They want each other, and they can’t control it. Mix that with a couple of... read more

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The Hottest Summer Ever

Follow this coming-of-age story of Summer Barnes, daughter of Nathaniel “Big Nate” Barnes, one of the most notorious kingpins on the South Side of Chicago. After finding out about a possible adultery between his wife and best friend, Big Nate goes into a violent rage,... read more

Loyalty & Respect (Box Set)

This is a complete box set of Loyalty & Respect Mina’s Story. Contains the first five books in the Mina Series. 142,330 words. Over 601 pages. Read the entire Mina series in one setting.Nico and Tania’s little girl is all grown up now. Mina is struggling... read more

My Shawty

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Treacherous Times

Family is sometimes stronger than blood……Omar Grace lives for one thing……to kill the man responsible for the deaths of his parents and uncle. But to do so, he must first become one with the lifestyle that claimed the lives of so many that he... read more

The Lines of Loyalty

Carmen King was once the little girl that had everything. She had parents who provided her with more than any kid could dream of, until her perfect family became a memory. After having life snatched from under her feet, Carmen is in need of a come up. During... read more

A Savage & His Rida

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United Earth (Book 1)

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Everybody Say Amen

Gold Pen Award–winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley returns to the Houston congregation of her #1 Essence magazine bestseller, Let the Church Say Amen, in this warm and powerful sequel.When her husband hears God’s call to become a preacher, Rachel Jackson Adams is... read more

Girl, Naw!

Who counsels the counselor? Antoinette Walker is good at solvings other women’s problems. But skeletons are busting out of her closet. How will she respond when her past comes knocking? read more

Quit Breaking My Heart

Love will make you do some crazy things. Stalking, purposely getting pregnant, breaking and entering and suicide attempts. Even with all that…he still won’t love you.Cori Carter is what people would call a sweet girl. She always puts everyone before... read more

Color Me Jazzmyne

How do you tell your son that your father is his? That is the question that Naya Moná must answer as she confronts a son she hasn’t seen since birth. Filled with a jazz singers heart, a flair for Rhythm and a ear for Blues, the drama in her life unveils as she... read more