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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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What is African-American Literature?

African-American literature is the body of literature produced in the United States by writers of African descent. It begins with the works of such late 18th-century writers as Phillis Wheatley. Before the high point of slave narratives, African-American literature was dominated by autobiographical spiritual narratives. The genre known as slave narratives in the 19th century were accounts by people who had generally escaped from slavery, about their journeys to freedom and ways they claimed their lives. The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was a great period of flowering in literature and the arts, influenced both by writers who came North in the Great Migration and those who were immigrants from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. African-American writers have been recognized by the highest awards, including the Nobel Prize given to Toni Morrison in 1993. Among the themes and issues explored in this literature are the role of African Americans within the larger American society, African-American culture, racism, slavery, and social equality. African-American writing has tended to incorporate oral forms, such as spirituals, sermons, gospel music, blues, or rap.

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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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The Revisioners

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Leila Jameson finds herself in the dating scene again after ending a five-year relationship with her ex-fiancé, Daniel. Leila's sister Asia convinces her to make a Tinder account, hoping this will help get over her cheating fiancé. She goes on dates with the guys off...

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When Worlds Collide

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Prince of Darkness

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The Supremacy

If it wasn't for the pain, sorrow, and betrayal...If it wasn't for the envy, drugs, and death...If it wasn't for the Mexican drug connection that fueled the fire to set such a flame in a small country region of Georgia....then this would be one happy love story!When...

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He Calls Me By Lightning

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Captured

Captured is a high-stakes historical romance from Beverly Jenkins, award-winning author of Night Song and Jewel, in which a stunning young slave and a roguish privateer share forbidden passion on the high seas.

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Resistance

Kai is an accidental activist, drawn to protest only because the alternative—to not protest—feels unimaginable in a turbulent time like this. And Lila is a longtime social justice warrior. At least in theory. Trying to find their footing and independent voices in the...

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When the Vows Break

Dearly beloved, that’s how it begins.What God has joined together, let no man put asunder; that’s how it ends.Happily married, wedded bliss and with these rings, we do take;But what happens to happily ever after, when the vows break?Shelby, Raylan, Chloe, Lynesha,...

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32 Candles

“32 cheers for Ernessa T. Carter! She’s created one of the freshest, funniest characters I’ve ever read….32 Candles is a charmer.”—Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint and Honey 32 Candles by exciting newcomer Ernessa T. Carter is the slightly twisted, utterly...

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We Out Here

Safari Brewster has never lived by anyone’s rules; not her parent’s, not a man’s, and damn sure not the state of Michigan’s. When her Jamaican parents came to the US, they bounced around from the east to the west coast, but Safari, being the rule breaker she was, left...

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Forbidden Promises

What do you do when you want the one person you can never have?Get in and get out. That was India Robidoux’s plan for this family visit. But when her brother needs her help with his high-profile political campaign, India has no choice but to stay and face the one man...

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Love in Catalina Cove

In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to...

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Fear

22-year-old Luxury Whitson is a romantic at heart. Yet this florist only grasp at love is listening to a customer's sentimental story while he purchases a beautiful bouquet of roses for a significant other. When Lux crosses paths with Victor, his presence commands her...

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Loving Sydnee Jones

It all started with one record...He’s been hooked on her since he caught her singing in her garage. She felt their souls intertwine the moment they touched. But their love goes deeper than a chance encounter. Just how far will one of them have to go to prove it?

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Queen Sugar

The inspiration for the acclaimed OWN TV series produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay"Queen Sugar is a page-turning, heart-breaking novel of the new south, where the past is never truly past, but the future is a hot, bright promise. This is a story of family and...

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A Matter of Time

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Mustard Seed

The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home.Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jordan Freedman was born a slave to...

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Between Black and White

In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by ten local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in...

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In Love’s Name

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Torn Between the Two

Zaria Watson has no one to depend on but her brother, Jason. Once he goes to prison, she's left, lost and alone. Due to her mother's lack of love and selfish ways, Zaria falls in the arms of someone that means her no good. Not a stranger to mistreatment, Zaria...

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Love & Tragedy

Celeste MorganGrowing up, my older brother was best friends with the Michaels brothers. The youngest of the two instantly stole my heart. Since then, Greyson has tried avoiding the inevitable. On the other hand, I've been sending signals that seem to go unnoticed. But...

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Going to Meet the Man

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Every Tongue Got to Confess

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Passing

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In Pursuit of You

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Sensuous Knowledge

The creator of the internationally popular, multiple award-winning blog MsAfropolitan applies an Africa-centered feminist sensibility to issues of racism and sexism, challenging our illusions about oppression and liberation and daring women to embrace their...

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Anything Goes

From the moment Alauni saw Law Montgomery, she knew that she wanted him. But he was the one thing that she didn’t mess around with…he was a cop. Law doesn’t care about Alauni’s attempts to stay away from him. He knows what he wants, and given the way that her body...

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A Tangled Mercy

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Skeletons

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Jubilee

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Drinking from a Bitter Cup

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Executive Decision

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Elsewhere, California: A Novel

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The Revisioners

"This stunning novel is told in alternating chapters from the points of view of two African-American women connected by blood but divided by time: a biracial single mom in 2017 and a former sharecropper turned farm-owning widow in 1924" as they discover the dangers...

read more

Two Sides Of Him

Leila Jameson finds herself in the dating scene again after ending a five-year relationship with her ex-fiancé, Daniel. Leila's sister Asia convinces her to make a Tinder account, hoping this will help get over her cheating fiancé. She goes on dates with the guys off...

read more

When Worlds Collide

BOOK ONE of The Collide Series Sometimes love comes unexpectedly...Lauren is a spoiled daddy's girl, brought up under the protection of Miami's elite black society. With a law professor for a mother, and a state attorney for a father, she has been raised to understand...

read more

Prince of Darkness

In the middle decades of the nineteenth century Jeremiah G. Hamilton was a well-known figure on Wall Street. Cornelius Vanderbilt, America's first tycoon, came to respect, grudgingly, his one-time opponent. The day after Vanderbilt's death on January 4, 1877, an...

read more

The Supremacy

If it wasn't for the pain, sorrow, and betrayal...If it wasn't for the envy, drugs, and death...If it wasn't for the Mexican drug connection that fueled the fire to set such a flame in a small country region of Georgia....then this would be one happy love story!When...

read more

He Calls Me By Lightning

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and Kirkus ReviewsA New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice SelectionA Southern Independent Booksellers Association “Spring Pick”This harrowing portrait of the Jim Crow South “proves how much we do not...

read more

Captured

Captured is a high-stakes historical romance from Beverly Jenkins, award-winning author of Night Song and Jewel, in which a stunning young slave and a roguish privateer share forbidden passion on the high seas.

read more

Resistance

Kai is an accidental activist, drawn to protest only because the alternative—to not protest—feels unimaginable in a turbulent time like this. And Lila is a longtime social justice warrior. At least in theory. Trying to find their footing and independent voices in the...

read more

When the Vows Break

Dearly beloved, that’s how it begins.What God has joined together, let no man put asunder; that’s how it ends.Happily married, wedded bliss and with these rings, we do take;But what happens to happily ever after, when the vows break?Shelby, Raylan, Chloe, Lynesha,...

read more

32 Candles

“32 cheers for Ernessa T. Carter! She’s created one of the freshest, funniest characters I’ve ever read….32 Candles is a charmer.”—Carleen Brice, author of Orange Mint and Honey 32 Candles by exciting newcomer Ernessa T. Carter is the slightly twisted, utterly...

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We Out Here

Safari Brewster has never lived by anyone’s rules; not her parent’s, not a man’s, and damn sure not the state of Michigan’s. When her Jamaican parents came to the US, they bounced around from the east to the west coast, but Safari, being the rule breaker she was, left...

read more

Forbidden Promises

What do you do when you want the one person you can never have?Get in and get out. That was India Robidoux’s plan for this family visit. But when her brother needs her help with his high-profile political campaign, India has no choice but to stay and face the one man...

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Love in Catalina Cove

In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to...

read more

Fear

22-year-old Luxury Whitson is a romantic at heart. Yet this florist only grasp at love is listening to a customer's sentimental story while he purchases a beautiful bouquet of roses for a significant other. When Lux crosses paths with Victor, his presence commands her...

read more

Loving Sydnee Jones

It all started with one record...He’s been hooked on her since he caught her singing in her garage. She felt their souls intertwine the moment they touched. But their love goes deeper than a chance encounter. Just how far will one of them have to go to prove it?

read more

Queen Sugar

The inspiration for the acclaimed OWN TV series produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay"Queen Sugar is a page-turning, heart-breaking novel of the new south, where the past is never truly past, but the future is a hot, bright promise. This is a story of family and...

read more

A Matter of Time

Re-release(BWWM Romantic Suspense)Nineteen years earlier, Austin, Texas reporter Maria Posey’s best friend vanished without a trace. Struggling to move past what happened, Maria has been haunted by the incident ever since. When her best friend’s mother dies, Maria...

read more

Mustard Seed

The bestselling author of Yellow Crocus returns with a haunting and tender story of three women returning to the plantation they once called home.Oberlin, Ohio, 1868. Lisbeth Johnson was born into privilege in the antebellum South. Jordan Freedman was born a slave to...

read more

Between Black and White

In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by ten local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in...

read more

In Love’s Name

Oftentimes anything can go when Love's name is involved. For Leighanna and Janero what should've remained as a feud between neighbors quickly spirals into a mutual attraction they both find hard to deny, and when Leighanna finds herself needing a place to stay for...

read more

Torn Between the Two

Zaria Watson has no one to depend on but her brother, Jason. Once he goes to prison, she's left, lost and alone. Due to her mother's lack of love and selfish ways, Zaria falls in the arms of someone that means her no good. Not a stranger to mistreatment, Zaria...

read more

Love & Tragedy

Celeste MorganGrowing up, my older brother was best friends with the Michaels brothers. The youngest of the two instantly stole my heart. Since then, Greyson has tried avoiding the inevitable. On the other hand, I've been sending signals that seem to go unnoticed. But...

read more

Going to Meet the Man

"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep...

read more