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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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Don’t Disconnect

In Dominic “Kole” Summers’ world, darkness is a friend, fear is her neighbor, and love appears in the form of a curse, impossibly unattainable and only defined by pain all due to the nightmare she refers to as her past. Constantly trying to escape its haunting, she...

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Eyes Like Mine

She is a wealthy Negro aristocrat living in Jim Crow Washington D.C. He is a Jewish lawyer who fled Nazi Germany. When Justinia and Julius meet at an NAACP convention, they defy family and societal expectations and change each other's lives forever. Their story, told...

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The Real Bachelors of Atlanta 2

Calvin, Dorian, and Bishop are about to catch all kinds of hell simply because they can't answer one question: Who shot Emory? Calvin thinks he's ready to finally be the man that he has always wanted to be, but there have been some weird things happening to him...

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Justice for the Black Knight

"Justice for the Black Knight" won the 2015 Beverley Hills Book Award for Best Legal Thriller. It was awarded the prestigious star by Kirkus Reviews which called it "...superbly crafted...intricately detailed...a must read story of relationships, prejudice and...

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Shayla’s Catch

Synopsis: After an exciting home football game of the Atlanta, Falcons, Shayla Lucas, a single and willing 25-year-old from Macon, GA, falls for the heart-thumping enchantment of Calvin “CK” Moore, one of the most popular and highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL....

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Black Tonya

Tonya Heart was born with two strikes against her; one being a drug addicted mother who would rather coddle a crack-pipe than nurture her own child and two, an absentee father whom she wouldn’t recognize if she passed him on the streets. A victim of circumstance and...

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Cali Black & Kisha

Cali Black is a tall, charcoal-complexioned, heavyset and laid back man who loves women and has no plans on settling down with one. Lakisha Long is the love of his life. She's a young, mixed, petite, beautiful woman, but she's hotheaded and will ride or die for Cali...

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The Streets Left Me With a Heavy Heart

Roman and Ayesha had always been known as the hood’s power couple… until one deceitful night lands Roman in a prison cell. He loved Ayesha with ever fiber in his soul, but what happens when deceit and greed comes in the shadows, forcing his hand? On a quest to protect...

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The Rescue

Valentine Hart may have been named after the holiday of love, but she sure hadn't felt any of it in her life thus far.Bo Montgomery had found great love once, but let the opinion's of his family stop him from getting what he truly wanted.A Valentine's Day curse (or...

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Wifed Up by a Street Legend

Milani Austin had been through hell and back in life. At a young age, being adopted by people the complete opposite of her complexion, she had a hard time growing up. Milani didn’t want for anything, yet, she felt empty inside, she was searching for answers, because...

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Creed: Eyewitness

Meet Taylor Montgomery, the beautiful, but disgruntle, Chicago cop. She was disgruntled, not because she didn’t love her job, but because she was fed up with the slippery politics associated with the department. Yet, she donned her uniform every day, wearing it with...

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Perfect Peace

The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family's attempt to grapple with their mother's desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother...

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Pigeon-Blood Red

For underworld enforcer Richard "Rico" Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job: retrieve his gangster boss's stolen goods, and teach the person responsible a lesson.But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu....

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Still Tryna Wife Shawty

After finding out that Octavious wanted to be with her cousin, Lauren ultimately lost the guy that she thought was the one. It didn’t help to see her sister walk down the aisle, pregnant and marrying the man of her life. Feeling as if she’d lost herself surrounded by...

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Jezebel

Small town Georgia girl Jessie Belle just met her ticket out of town: a trusting pastor starting a prosperous church in South Carolina. Seduced by the riches that come with position and power, Jessie uses her wiles to move her unwitting husband into the forefront of...

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Turning the Page

Celia Thomas should be living a charmed life; as the niece of Hollywood’s current it guy, whose whole family is on the payroll, she doesn’t have to worry about money or future job prospects. Except maybe she doesn’t want to go into the family business. Although with...

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Lady Sings the Blues

Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir, updated with an insightful introduction and a revised discography, both written by...

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Church Girls

Sheridan S. Davis, author of “Saved Sex, "Pretty For A Dark-Skin Girl,” and “I’m Nobody’s Ruth” is all too familiar with Chicago’s church scene. The city, mostly known for its heavily media portrayed violence, is also the birth place of Gospel music, and has a rich...

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The Deepest of All Sacrifices

Tanie Howard has returned to Colum, Alabama, after driving for the dangerous drug lord, Roscoe Madison. She thinks she's about to scratch an itch and relax for a few days. But she's interrupted by news that Angela Gray, her best friend, is not answering her call for...

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Temper

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018!In a land similar to South Africa, twin brothers are beset by powerful forces beyond their understanding or control in this thrilling blend of science fiction, horror, magic, and dark humor—evocative of the works of Lauren Beukes,...

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Lady Sings the Blues

Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir, updated with an insightful introduction and a revised discography, both written by...

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Saved by a Beast

Bliss Jones wanted in her relationship what her name implied. But what she had was the furthest from blissful as it could get. In a fight to free herself from the prison that was her relationship, Bliss ended up paying with the ultimate price. Her life. Struggling...

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Regret the Day I Said Yes

How much of yourself are you really willing to give up to keep a happy home? After catching her husband with a mouth full of someone else's vagina, Janelle has to decide if she can forgive and forget. That thing called LOVE can turn your entire world upside down and...

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What She Don’t Know

Remi Montell knows heartache all too well. After losing her adoptive parents as a teenager, she found solace in a relative’s home. Her aunt helped shape her formative years and inspired her to reach for her dreams, no matter how unimaginable they may seem. Now, Remi...

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Nobody’s Angel

If you enjoyed Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale or Ernessa T. Carter's 32 Candles, you'll love Nobody's Angel. From the author of the acclaimed memoir To Hair and Back: My Journey Toward Self-love One Strand at a Time, comes a dazzling new novel about love and...

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Nate Grisham

The newest tale in the Nate Grisham, Black Mountain Man seriesWhen Nate and Cotton are hired as guides by two English military officers, they're saddled with the unusual task. They must return a kidnapped Crow squaw to her tribe. But this woman is no ordinary Indian,...

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His Dirty Secret

Growing up on the mean streets of Chicago, life wasn’t easy for Jayla Simmons. She worked hard for everything she attained in life, but always wanted more. Especially when it came to love. Yet everything changes when she runs into the sexy Darius Black who provides...

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Never Trust the One You Love

Every girl wants to live the lavish life, but at what price? Nothing in Sweetz’s life is normal when she falls in love with Smooth, the infamous leader of the Hot Boyz. Taking her out the shelter and giving her the taste of the faster and finer things, what more could...

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Friday Black

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, chosen by Colson Whitehead “An unbelievable debut, one that announces a new and necessary American voice.” —Tommy Orange, New York Times Book Review“An excitement and a wonder: strange,...

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If Loving You Is All I Gotta Do

(A NEW YEAR NOVELLA) Struggle with him, they said. Build with him, they said. Support him, they said. I did all that, and you know what I got? A grown boy on my couch. – JerseyJersey knew her relationship with Capo wasn’t worth the lies he fed her on a daily basis,...

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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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The Color of Love

Acclaimed for her moving depictions of interracial love, bestselling author Sandra Kitt delivers a passionate and provocative tale of modern romanceAn artist trapped in an unfulfilling relationship, Leah Downey wants more out of life. But she plays it safe, never...

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Mr. Right Next Door

When Leah Cross’s fiancé decides he no longer wants to get married, the hardworking finance analyst is determined to attend the couple’s retreat at Camp Firefly Falls anyway. But after being dumped, the humiliation of showing up alone is too much for Leah to bear. She...

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If She Were Blind

If She Were Blind is the first book in the engaging New Adult series After Twelve by author Laney Wylde. Perfect for fans of television shows like Revenge, Scandal, and Veronica Mars, the After Twelve Series is a gritty social-issue drama that delivers steamy romance,...

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The Marriage Bed

Lynn and Jerome Watson have been together since meeting in the halls of Booker T. Washington High School, in 1993. Twenty-five years, a house, business and three children later they are on the heels of their 18th wedding anniversary and Lynn's 40th birthday.Her only...

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Success With the Wrong Queen

Trey has it all; the looks, respect, success, money and even the girl that every guy wants. But with all this, there's still one thing missing... which is his childhood crush, Ayisha.After searching he manages to find and reconnect with her, which doesn't go unnoticed...

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Don’t Disconnect

In Dominic “Kole” Summers’ world, darkness is a friend, fear is her neighbor, and love appears in the form of a curse, impossibly unattainable and only defined by pain all due to the nightmare she refers to as her past. Constantly trying to escape its haunting, she...

read more

Eyes Like Mine

She is a wealthy Negro aristocrat living in Jim Crow Washington D.C. He is a Jewish lawyer who fled Nazi Germany. When Justinia and Julius meet at an NAACP convention, they defy family and societal expectations and change each other's lives forever. Their story, told...

read more

The Real Bachelors of Atlanta 2

Calvin, Dorian, and Bishop are about to catch all kinds of hell simply because they can't answer one question: Who shot Emory? Calvin thinks he's ready to finally be the man that he has always wanted to be, but there have been some weird things happening to him...

read more

Justice for the Black Knight

"Justice for the Black Knight" won the 2015 Beverley Hills Book Award for Best Legal Thriller. It was awarded the prestigious star by Kirkus Reviews which called it "...superbly crafted...intricately detailed...a must read story of relationships, prejudice and...

read more

Shayla’s Catch

Synopsis: After an exciting home football game of the Atlanta, Falcons, Shayla Lucas, a single and willing 25-year-old from Macon, GA, falls for the heart-thumping enchantment of Calvin “CK” Moore, one of the most popular and highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL....

read more

Black Tonya

Tonya Heart was born with two strikes against her; one being a drug addicted mother who would rather coddle a crack-pipe than nurture her own child and two, an absentee father whom she wouldn’t recognize if she passed him on the streets. A victim of circumstance and...

read more

Cali Black & Kisha

Cali Black is a tall, charcoal-complexioned, heavyset and laid back man who loves women and has no plans on settling down with one. Lakisha Long is the love of his life. She's a young, mixed, petite, beautiful woman, but she's hotheaded and will ride or die for Cali...

read more

The Rescue

Valentine Hart may have been named after the holiday of love, but she sure hadn't felt any of it in her life thus far.Bo Montgomery had found great love once, but let the opinion's of his family stop him from getting what he truly wanted.A Valentine's Day curse (or...

read more

Wifed Up by a Street Legend

Milani Austin had been through hell and back in life. At a young age, being adopted by people the complete opposite of her complexion, she had a hard time growing up. Milani didn’t want for anything, yet, she felt empty inside, she was searching for answers, because...

read more

Creed: Eyewitness

Meet Taylor Montgomery, the beautiful, but disgruntle, Chicago cop. She was disgruntled, not because she didn’t love her job, but because she was fed up with the slippery politics associated with the department. Yet, she donned her uniform every day, wearing it with...

read more

Perfect Peace

The heartbreaking portrait of a large, rural southern family's attempt to grapple with their mother's desperate decision to make her newborn son into the daughter she will never have When the seventh child of the Peace family, named Perfect, turns eight, her mother...

read more

Pigeon-Blood Red

For underworld enforcer Richard "Rico" Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job: retrieve his gangster boss's stolen goods, and teach the person responsible a lesson.But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu....

read more

Still Tryna Wife Shawty

After finding out that Octavious wanted to be with her cousin, Lauren ultimately lost the guy that she thought was the one. It didn’t help to see her sister walk down the aisle, pregnant and marrying the man of her life. Feeling as if she’d lost herself surrounded by...

read more

Jezebel

Small town Georgia girl Jessie Belle just met her ticket out of town: a trusting pastor starting a prosperous church in South Carolina. Seduced by the riches that come with position and power, Jessie uses her wiles to move her unwitting husband into the forefront of...

read more

Turning the Page

Celia Thomas should be living a charmed life; as the niece of Hollywood’s current it guy, whose whole family is on the payroll, she doesn’t have to worry about money or future job prospects. Except maybe she doesn’t want to go into the family business. Although with...

read more

Lady Sings the Blues

Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir, updated with an insightful introduction and a revised discography, both written by...

read more

Church Girls

Sheridan S. Davis, author of “Saved Sex, "Pretty For A Dark-Skin Girl,” and “I’m Nobody’s Ruth” is all too familiar with Chicago’s church scene. The city, mostly known for its heavily media portrayed violence, is also the birth place of Gospel music, and has a rich...

read more

The Deepest of All Sacrifices

Tanie Howard has returned to Colum, Alabama, after driving for the dangerous drug lord, Roscoe Madison. She thinks she's about to scratch an itch and relax for a few days. But she's interrupted by news that Angela Gray, her best friend, is not answering her call for...

read more

Temper

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018!In a land similar to South Africa, twin brothers are beset by powerful forces beyond their understanding or control in this thrilling blend of science fiction, horror, magic, and dark humor—evocative of the works of Lauren Beukes,...

read more

Lady Sings the Blues

Originally released by Doubleday in 1956, Harlem Moon Classics celebrates the publication with the fiftieth-anniversary edition of Billie Holiday’s unforgettable and timeless memoir, updated with an insightful introduction and a revised discography, both written by...

read more

Saved by a Beast

Bliss Jones wanted in her relationship what her name implied. But what she had was the furthest from blissful as it could get. In a fight to free herself from the prison that was her relationship, Bliss ended up paying with the ultimate price. Her life. Struggling...

read more

Regret the Day I Said Yes

How much of yourself are you really willing to give up to keep a happy home? After catching her husband with a mouth full of someone else's vagina, Janelle has to decide if she can forgive and forget. That thing called LOVE can turn your entire world upside down and...

read more

What She Don’t Know

Remi Montell knows heartache all too well. After losing her adoptive parents as a teenager, she found solace in a relative’s home. Her aunt helped shape her formative years and inspired her to reach for her dreams, no matter how unimaginable they may seem. Now, Remi...

read more