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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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What Hurts the Most

What hurts the most is letting go. Being in a relationship with ladies’ man, Jay’vion, Asia is ready to throw in the towel. Jay’vion is the true definition of the song ‘Can’t Raise a Man.’ Having a hard time being faithful and committing himself to Asia, he finds...

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Exposing Secrets

The Lucas family are a well-known Baptist clan based out of Atlanta. Sweeter than a Georgia peach to some, this family might look normal and almost perfect on the outside. But behind closed doors... there's a rot that runs all the way to the pit of their bloodline!...

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This Game Has No Loyalty

In the mid 80's there was a new drug that popped up in the poor urban neighborhoods of Brooklyn called 'crack'. It quickly became the most sought out employment for street kids who learned how to distribute, package and sell it for a profit. What no one anticipated...

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13 Flowers

THE BEGINNING WILL BE HER ENDThe last book of the smash trilogy will send your mind into overdrive. 13 flowers marks 13 means of devastation for our heroine Brooke Hannah. This time she is the target. Will she unravel the mystery before its too late? Her life and...

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The Diary of a Side Chick

Side piece. Side chick. Other woman. She doesn't care what you call her--just as long as you know she belongs to him.Desirae has everything--a great body with hot curves, a tell-it-like-it-is personality, and the ability to have any man she wants. Right now, she wants...

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A Gentleman of the Old School

Edie Bayette has it all: looks, money, and loyal friends. A top-notch attorney, she relishes a good legal fight and works pro-bono for a local women’s clinic. But when a one-night stand delivers more than Edie bargained for, she must make a choice: let it wreck her...

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Roxanne – From Addict to Hustler

Beautiful, selfish, and brainless are just some of the words used to describe Roxanne. Everything she’s ever been through, she’s been partially to blame for it. Although she excels in high school, with above average grades, she fails to use the common sense portion of...

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Urge

Some say men are born that way, meaning men are born to roam. That they're dogs and they can't help themselves. It is said they have this 'urge'. What happens when a woman has the URGE? Can the men in Salomé James' and Nevada Randall's life handle it when their...

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Amazing Grace

Grace Ford is a young widow that has a love for decorating houses to flip. This was a hobby that she started with her now deceased husband, Andre. Andre Ford once worked as a real estate investor, agent, and owner. After college, they both relocated to Las Vegas,...

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When the Heart Tells You No

Kinley Carter is a young, beautiful, intelligent, woman with a thriving career. She is also madly in love with her long time boyfriend Zay Kendall. When her world comes crashing down, Kinley is faced with heartbreaking disappointments, making her question if the man...

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Kissed by a Hood Prince

Kimora Eldredge is a young girl who was lost in the world. No mother to guide her, and a father who was always away. She has to deal with the curve balls that life has thrown her, and at times she doesn't think she's strong enough. All she has is her twin brother,...

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Pink

Meet Raya Joseph, the creative head designer at an up-and-coming new fashion design firm. Like employees of any fledgling company, Raya and her fellow designers face a variety of challenges--especially when it comes to bringing in business. So when they are hired to...

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To Love a Dope Boy

Ivy and Ginger are two young women making it to the best of their abilities in the gritty streets of New Jersey. However, a one night chance encounter with two men gives them a taste of what they’ve been missing... a little fun and adventure.Kolyon and Dortch are...

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Am I Worth Lovin’

Amber grew up in the cold and grimy city of Los Angeles. While trying to move forward with life and leave the past behind her, nightmares of her childhood plague her from fully giving herself to another person and leaves her doubting herself. All alone in this world...

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Dreaming of Dray

Billionaire bachelor Dray Royce is looking for a wife, and women all over the world compete for a chance of a lifetime to become the one for him. But Eve Lyle, and other women, have no idea just how out of control things will become in the quest for this billionaire's...

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The Burden of Sweetberry

Candida "Sweetberry" Armstrong, a beautiful and vain woman, pits good against evil in her adulterous relationship with Deacon Josiah Hess. For twenty years, she's been the mistress of the married man. Out of respect for the him, the community has turned a blind eye....

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Jewels and Trill

The couple everyone loves from the dirty south is back with more drama in their lives than before. Jewels is pregnant and still madly in love with her man, Trill. The two of them are anxiously awaiting the birth of their son, but become surprisingly caught up in some...

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Swimming Between Worlds

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement...Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school...

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The Wanderer

Returning home after a long sojourn abroad, Blu contemplates whether the time has finally come for her to put down some roots. Bryan, meanwhile, has been firmly rooted in one place and in one life for what now seems like far too long. Close friends in college, they're...

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The Love Sessions

Keri knows words have power. That’s why she believes the man who put the engagement ring on her finger loves her enough to spend his entire life with her.It takes a trip to a premarital retreat and a chance encounter with a handsome stranger that opens her eyes to the...

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Loving the Wrong Man

After dealing with a toxic relationship, the last thing Jazmine wants to do is jump into another one. Yet one unexpected encounter with a sexy stranger causes her to rethink that decision. Will this mysterious man be the one who will save her from her past or make her...

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Beneath the Mango Tree

When Emma Elliston's father abandons the family, she finds herself the victim of her mother's alcoholic rage. Left to protect her younger sister, Emma finds a hero in her caribbean-born maid, Lola. Set in 1930's America, Emma and Lola blur racial boundaries to protect...

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Close Encounters

Hailed by E. Lynn Harris as a “bold and imaginative” tale that is “sure to keep readers turning the pages,” Sandra Kitt’s interracial love story presents a man and a woman whose fates are changed forever by a random act of violenceLee Grafton is a divorced cop and the...

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The Sweetest Part

Miles Lundy, a decorated detective from New Jersey is a stand-up guy…. on paper. He lands his dream job right out of college and manages to work his way up within the Police department by the time he’s thirty-five despite the odds stacked against him. He eventually...

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This Can’t Be Life

How do you keep living when your best friend is brutally murdered and the love of your life may be responsible? Simone, Stacey, and Talise are best friends navigating through life. During their journey, they brush shoulders with entertainment’s elite and experience...

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The Unworthy Wife

Noelle Bean could lose everything. Accused of a murder she didn’t commit, the loving wife and mother is desperate to clear her name. Despite her violent past, there’s no way she could have beaten her co-worker, Eamon Taylor, to death with a shovel.But, the cops have...

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Madam by Night, Secretary by Day

Loyalty and power are two things that everyone either wants or struggles hard to obtain. With a tainted childhood and familial responsibilities, Candace Williams spends a great deal of time trying to maintain her sense of loyalty. But, after being discharged from...

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In Deep Love With a Rich Thug

STANDALONEWith his brother stepping down to be a family man, Tyquan knew it was time for him to step up. Rising to the top so quickly made him paranoid. Having a secret hidden in his closet, he looks for his brother’s best friend to save him.Becoming caught in her bed...

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The Help

The #1 New York Times bestselling novel and basis for the Academy Award-winning film—a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.Aibileen is a black...

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Dancing on the Edge of the Roof

“Dancing on the Edge of the Roof kept my heart and mind dancing through the pages. Sheila Williams, with her talent for detailed storytelling, expertly takes the reader on a poignant and humorous quest for self.”–Lori Bryant-Woolridge, author of Read Between the...

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Prodigal

t's good twin versus bad in this Christian drama filled with romantic rivalry and sister strife. Phylicia and Phoebe are both in love with Reverend Gary Morgan, the pastor of Freedom Inspiration, but he only has eyes for his high school sweetheart, Phylicia. That...

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Beneath Black Ice

DeVonte, Denzel, Nate, and Eric are all products of the urban community across the America. Each one of them, along with other products of the urban community, must make a decision on what path they want to take to exists in today's society. Some will choose to take...

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Running Through Glass Doors

Every family has secrets, and the Loving family was no different. Be a fly on the wall and witness first hand their fascination with love, sex, and death. They are the actors playing their prescribed roles in this juicy topsy-turvy tale of love gains and losses. They...

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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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What Hurts the Most

What hurts the most is letting go. Being in a relationship with ladies’ man, Jay’vion, Asia is ready to throw in the towel. Jay’vion is the true definition of the song ‘Can’t Raise a Man.’ Having a hard time being faithful and committing himself to Asia, he finds...

read more

Exposing Secrets

The Lucas family are a well-known Baptist clan based out of Atlanta. Sweeter than a Georgia peach to some, this family might look normal and almost perfect on the outside. But behind closed doors... there's a rot that runs all the way to the pit of their bloodline!...

read more

This Game Has No Loyalty

In the mid 80's there was a new drug that popped up in the poor urban neighborhoods of Brooklyn called 'crack'. It quickly became the most sought out employment for street kids who learned how to distribute, package and sell it for a profit. What no one anticipated...

read more

13 Flowers

THE BEGINNING WILL BE HER ENDThe last book of the smash trilogy will send your mind into overdrive. 13 flowers marks 13 means of devastation for our heroine Brooke Hannah. This time she is the target. Will she unravel the mystery before its too late? Her life and...

read more

The Diary of a Side Chick

Side piece. Side chick. Other woman. She doesn't care what you call her--just as long as you know she belongs to him.Desirae has everything--a great body with hot curves, a tell-it-like-it-is personality, and the ability to have any man she wants. Right now, she wants...

read more

A Gentleman of the Old School

Edie Bayette has it all: looks, money, and loyal friends. A top-notch attorney, she relishes a good legal fight and works pro-bono for a local women’s clinic. But when a one-night stand delivers more than Edie bargained for, she must make a choice: let it wreck her...

read more

Roxanne – From Addict to Hustler

Beautiful, selfish, and brainless are just some of the words used to describe Roxanne. Everything she’s ever been through, she’s been partially to blame for it. Although she excels in high school, with above average grades, she fails to use the common sense portion of...

read more

Urge

Some say men are born that way, meaning men are born to roam. That they're dogs and they can't help themselves. It is said they have this 'urge'. What happens when a woman has the URGE? Can the men in Salomé James' and Nevada Randall's life handle it when their...

read more

Amazing Grace

Grace Ford is a young widow that has a love for decorating houses to flip. This was a hobby that she started with her now deceased husband, Andre. Andre Ford once worked as a real estate investor, agent, and owner. After college, they both relocated to Las Vegas,...

read more

When the Heart Tells You No

Kinley Carter is a young, beautiful, intelligent, woman with a thriving career. She is also madly in love with her long time boyfriend Zay Kendall. When her world comes crashing down, Kinley is faced with heartbreaking disappointments, making her question if the man...

read more

Kissed by a Hood Prince

Kimora Eldredge is a young girl who was lost in the world. No mother to guide her, and a father who was always away. She has to deal with the curve balls that life has thrown her, and at times she doesn't think she's strong enough. All she has is her twin brother,...

read more

Pink

Meet Raya Joseph, the creative head designer at an up-and-coming new fashion design firm. Like employees of any fledgling company, Raya and her fellow designers face a variety of challenges--especially when it comes to bringing in business. So when they are hired to...

read more

To Love a Dope Boy

Ivy and Ginger are two young women making it to the best of their abilities in the gritty streets of New Jersey. However, a one night chance encounter with two men gives them a taste of what they’ve been missing... a little fun and adventure.Kolyon and Dortch are...

read more

Am I Worth Lovin’

Amber grew up in the cold and grimy city of Los Angeles. While trying to move forward with life and leave the past behind her, nightmares of her childhood plague her from fully giving herself to another person and leaves her doubting herself. All alone in this world...

read more

Dreaming of Dray

Billionaire bachelor Dray Royce is looking for a wife, and women all over the world compete for a chance of a lifetime to become the one for him. But Eve Lyle, and other women, have no idea just how out of control things will become in the quest for this billionaire's...

read more

The Burden of Sweetberry

Candida "Sweetberry" Armstrong, a beautiful and vain woman, pits good against evil in her adulterous relationship with Deacon Josiah Hess. For twenty years, she's been the mistress of the married man. Out of respect for the him, the community has turned a blind eye....

read more

Jewels and Trill

The couple everyone loves from the dirty south is back with more drama in their lives than before. Jewels is pregnant and still madly in love with her man, Trill. The two of them are anxiously awaiting the birth of their son, but become surprisingly caught up in some...

read more

Swimming Between Worlds

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement...Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school...

read more

The Wanderer

Returning home after a long sojourn abroad, Blu contemplates whether the time has finally come for her to put down some roots. Bryan, meanwhile, has been firmly rooted in one place and in one life for what now seems like far too long. Close friends in college, they're...

read more

The Love Sessions

Keri knows words have power. That’s why she believes the man who put the engagement ring on her finger loves her enough to spend his entire life with her.It takes a trip to a premarital retreat and a chance encounter with a handsome stranger that opens her eyes to the...

read more

Loving the Wrong Man

After dealing with a toxic relationship, the last thing Jazmine wants to do is jump into another one. Yet one unexpected encounter with a sexy stranger causes her to rethink that decision. Will this mysterious man be the one who will save her from her past or make her...

read more

Beneath the Mango Tree

When Emma Elliston's father abandons the family, she finds herself the victim of her mother's alcoholic rage. Left to protect her younger sister, Emma finds a hero in her caribbean-born maid, Lola. Set in 1930's America, Emma and Lola blur racial boundaries to protect...

read more