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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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Sing, Unburied, Sing

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time...

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Partially Broken Never Destroyed

Inexperienced, Naïve, or Captivated by Lust? You decide. A Broken Heart Leads to a Contrite Spirit A twisted night leads Kayla into a hot and steamy love affair with the man of her dreams. Her intuition tells her something is wrong about this romantic encounter, but...

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Mama Day

A “wonderful novel” steeped in the folklore of the South from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Women of Brewster Place (The Washington Post Book World). On an island off the coast of Georgia, there’s a place where superstition is more potent than any...

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A Beast and Her Savage

Kyra ‘Ky’ Rosedale was a well-known chick around her way who grew up in the system along with her best friend, Rozlyn ‘Roz’ MacAfee and their homegirl, Passion Fleet. She looked forward to the day she turned eighteen and aged out the hellhole she lived in. However,...

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Night in Shanghai

This novel of an American musician caught up in the dangers of 1930s China is “historical fiction at its best” (Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered). In 1936, classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African...

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Beauty After Brokenness

Six months ago, Deaconess Jordan Diamond suffered an unbelievable tragedy that took her husband and young child. She’s fighting her way back, one heart-wrenching minute, but it’s not been easy. Her faith and her desire to move on have been shattered. If not for Pastor...

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Love, Lies & Consequences

Are you ready and willing to accept the consequences that come along with your choices?"The true test of my commitment will come when I am actually tested, but it’s nothing I can’t handle..." So thinks Raegan ---and it proves to be a thought that is tested every step...

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Twink

Twink Daniels is a young girl without a care in the world until her parents abruptly die in a car accident. She's left to live with her uncle, a ruthless man who is only out for his own personal gain. Twink chronicles her story from a care-free kid to a prostitute...

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Vivid

“Jenkins’s sassy heroines, well-drawn secondary characters and seamless incorporation of black history result in a fresh, winning historical.” –Publishers Weekly“Beverly Jenkins has reached romance superstardom!” –Detroit Free PressIt's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster...

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Abigail Always

A story of love, hope, and unexpected second chancesStill grieving the loss of her husband and young daughter, Abigail Jamieson is struggling to carve out a new life on her own.  With no work experience and few marketable skills, Abby falls back on the one thing she...

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Down for the City

Carl Fredrick’s reign as one of Austin’s most notorious drug traffickers is in jeopardy. The feds have him in their crosshairs and have sent the beautiful, voluptuous Asha to infiltrate his organization. The two become entangled in a lust-driven relationship built on...

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Hard to Luv

MyZell is a force to be reckoned with, He’s handsome, paid and mysterious. He’s every woman’s dream. The fact that no one knows much about him, only makes women want him more. His only concern is making money and keeping his sister out of harm's way. MyZell learned...

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Nine Notches

What if you discovered something from your past that was so dark, so sinister, it caused you inescapable humiliation? In this brilliant suspense thriller - Nine Notches captures the accounts of two friends: Brandon Fortier & Sherman Campbell who set out on a journey...

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First Blood

Pregnancy isn’t easy when your baby daddy is a crazy overprotective angel-vampire hybrid and there’s a kidnapper on the loose. Georgia Pearce is with child, carrying a baby destined to begin the next generation of powerful witches. As if a mysterious prophecy and a...

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The Burden of Sweetberry

A powerful story of adultery and murder, The Burden of Sweetberry is the story of a selfish woman who seeks redemption after her lover murders her fiance. Ghosts and demons haunt Sweetberry and threaten to rob her of her sanity. Can the blood of Jesus cleanse her or...

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Flowers in the Snow

In the 1960s, Edenville, North Carolina is full of rules. Sagging under the weight of racism and segregation the small community finds itself at a dangerous tipping point. Eleven-year-old Betty Grafton believes the world is fair. She knows there are worse places to...

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The Chaneysville Incident

“Rivals Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon as the best novel about the black experience in America since Ellison’s Invisible Man” (The Christian Science Monitor).  Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Finalist for the National Book Award   Brilliant but...

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I Almost Forgot About You

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaningNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY...

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Wife of a Misfit

CAMERON, ROXIE, DIANA AND SOUL ARE BACK FOR THIS RIVETING SPIN-OFFDiana’s life took a roundabout turn when she met Tariq Haddad aka Rico, a suave and devilishly handsome charmer who is every girl's dream and every father's worst nightmare. Although she was all too...

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A Strange and Bitter Fruit

A chilly spring night in rural South Carolina at the tail end of Reconstruction, the murder of innocents. This is the setting for the initial chapter of the historical thriller, A Strange and Bitter Fruit.Thomas “Tee” Powell, 15, manages to escape as his family is...

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I Almost Forgot About You

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaningNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LIBRARY...

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Show Me Where Your Love Lies

They say it’s easy to tell someone that you love them, but showing it is a different thing. Meet Zion, Malik and Kaleef. Three men who all have different ideas of what love is and how they show it. Zion “Streetz” Hanks, who runs the streets of New York, loves Dream...

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Snatching the Soul of a Siren

Adonis Maxwell would never forget the purple eyes of the woman he saved from a vicious attack. Unable to escape the thought of her, Adonis secretly searched for her, refusing to just let her get away.As a siren, Nirvana Rose kills men and sucks their souls for...

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Shadowmancer

Mystical espionage agency vs. Lovecraftian horrors.Jules was born with a gift, but only used it for small and selfish reasons.That will change as he's inducted into The Circle, a mystical espionage agency that is tasked with saving an unknowing world from malevolence...

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Cameron

MORE THAN 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE!Student by day. Exotic dancer by night. The temptress is about to be tempted...Meet Cameron... By day, she’s a full-time student at Cleveland State University, destined for success and fortune. But when the sun goes down, the...

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Loving Angel

Take a ride with Angel, a sixteen year old Harlem girl as she experiences love, heart ache and betrayal for the first time in her young life. Angel soon realizes that it’s always those you are closet to who can hurt you the most because they are the ones you put your...

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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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Get Me Bodied

Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of, and Nina Hartley is no exception. She's the Queen B to MVG, sister to brothers, Glock, Calico, and Draco, and mother to her youngest sibling Naysa, and...

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Heartbeat

***A Full Length, Standalone Novel***Sunny knows how to keep her head down. She goes to school, and straight back home. There's a gang war brewing in her neighborhood of Bronx, New York, and she wants no part of it.Too bad her twin sister, Rain, has a knack for...

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A Toast to Love

True love wasn’t always something that Hazel received although it was something he always gave. Especially to the one woman he loved with everything he had in him. After the love of his life, Vix, was murdered he gave up on loving and dating completely. He couldn’t...

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Lipstick Killah

Born into the unscrupulous, male-dominated, lifestyle of drugs, murder and money, REIGN had no time for love, she was all about that bag and folding niggas up.Using a heart-shaped pattern drawn with her favorite lipstick, as her calling card, the beautiful female...

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The Second Time Around

The award-winning author of A Delight Before Christmas and When it Rains brings readers a delightful romance that kicks off the Beaumont Series.The truth would set them free . . . After her aunt twists her ankle. Brenna Gathers returns to her hometown to help run the...

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More Than a Crush

HerHe asked me to tutor him in the eleventh grade. That was the first time my young heart fell out of rhythm. By senior year, we were best friends, and my unconditional love for him had awakened. By the time we finished college, I experienced my first heartbreak. He’d...

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Tears We Cannot Stop

NOW A NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, INDIEBOUND, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, CHRONICLE HERALD, SALISBURY POST, GUELPH MERCURY TRIBUNE, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER | NAMED A BEST/MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2017 BY: The Washington Post • Bustle • Men's...

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Caught Em Slippin

Miranda Benderas, born to an infamous Cuban Kingpin and his trophy wife, an African American supermodel. Miranda grew up with all the luxuries that other girls could only dream of. Her daddy proved that crime does pay but isn't there always a cost to having it all? By...

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Love Under Attack

Revised: See belowMy mama warned me not to screw my boss. I should have listened. Imara Winters is a part-time professor at Far Rockaway University. She loved her students, her co-workers and her school and one new college President threatened her future with them...

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Harmony’s Song

Harmony Jones is a beautiful, plus-sized woman that experiences heartache with her ex-boyfriend, Bruce for the last time and decides she’s done with him and love. Although, she’s smart, educated and highly motivated when it comes to her career, she lacks confidence in...

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Nine Notches

What if you discovered something from your past that was so dark, so sinister, it caused you inescapable humiliation? In this brilliant suspense thriller - Nine Notches captures the accounts of two friends: Brandon Fortier & Sherman Campbell who set out on a journey...

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Devil in the Grove

* Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction* Nominated for a 2013 Edgar Award * Book of the Year (Non-fiction, 2012) The Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor In 1949, Florida's orange industry was booming, and citrus barons got rich on the backs of...

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The Lawyer’s Luck

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Oberlin, Ohio – 1844Lawrence Stewart is a rare man. Raised with his grandmother’s Miami Indian tribe,...

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Defining Moments in Black History

NAACP 2017 Image Award WinnerWith his trademark acerbic wit, incisive humor, and infectious paranoia, one of our foremost comedians and most politically engaged civil rights activists looks back at 100 key events from the complicated history of black America.A friend...

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Freshmen Fifteen

Of all the lessons to learn in college — Who to love and who to avoid is one of the toughest. When Laila met Chris at a frat party she should have stayed away.  What could a senior want with a freshman anyway? Trouble? Not exactly.  Chris was sort of a playboy.  But...

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The Eve of Our September

Edythe Jamison, a young debutante of the 1920s, has been pining for Henry Barton Jr. ever since he rescued her from embarrassment. But her thoughts of him are just a fantasy. She's convinced that he would never be interested in a girl like her.Henry, a newly licensed...

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I Gave Him My Heart 3

Saint’s heart was in shambles. You know that man didn’t want to fall in love, and, man, I swear I didn’t want to fall in love with him. Love was hard. Love always hurt. I didn’t want to feel anything. But Saint came into my life and made my heart feel everything....

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The Wife of a Memphis Hustler

From the moment Allia met Cell she knew he would be the one to change her life and proclaimed that they would share the kind of love the old folks always talked about. An old school love. The kind of love that was unbreakable. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for...

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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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Just Can’t Let Go

Rico and Giana have been together forever, and the bond they share is unbreakable. However, Rico can’t seem to be faithful, and when a woman’s fed up, it ain’t nothing you can do about it. She calls it quits, but they still have to be cordial because of the twin girls...

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A finalist for the Kirkus Prize, Andrew Carnegie Medal, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and a New York Times bestseller, this majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time...

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Partially Broken Never Destroyed

Inexperienced, Naïve, or Captivated by Lust? You decide. A Broken Heart Leads to a Contrite Spirit A twisted night leads Kayla into a hot and steamy love affair with the man of her dreams. Her intuition tells her something is wrong about this romantic encounter, but...

read more

Mama Day

A “wonderful novel” steeped in the folklore of the South from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Women of Brewster Place (The Washington Post Book World). On an island off the coast of Georgia, there’s a place where superstition is more potent than any...

read more

A Beast and Her Savage

Kyra ‘Ky’ Rosedale was a well-known chick around her way who grew up in the system along with her best friend, Rozlyn ‘Roz’ MacAfee and their homegirl, Passion Fleet. She looked forward to the day she turned eighteen and aged out the hellhole she lived in. However,...

read more

Night in Shanghai

This novel of an American musician caught up in the dangers of 1930s China is “historical fiction at its best” (Alan Cheuse, NPR’s All Things Considered). In 1936, classical pianist Thomas Greene is recruited to Shanghai to lead a jazz orchestra of fellow African...

read more

Beauty After Brokenness

Six months ago, Deaconess Jordan Diamond suffered an unbelievable tragedy that took her husband and young child. She’s fighting her way back, one heart-wrenching minute, but it’s not been easy. Her faith and her desire to move on have been shattered. If not for Pastor...

read more

Love, Lies & Consequences

Are you ready and willing to accept the consequences that come along with your choices?"The true test of my commitment will come when I am actually tested, but it’s nothing I can’t handle..." So thinks Raegan ---and it proves to be a thought that is tested every step...

read more

Twink

Twink Daniels is a young girl without a care in the world until her parents abruptly die in a car accident. She's left to live with her uncle, a ruthless man who is only out for his own personal gain. Twink chronicles her story from a care-free kid to a prostitute...

read more

Vivid

“Jenkins’s sassy heroines, well-drawn secondary characters and seamless incorporation of black history result in a fresh, winning historical.” –Publishers Weekly“Beverly Jenkins has reached romance superstardom!” –Detroit Free PressIt's 1876 and Dr. Viveca Lancaster...

read more

Abigail Always

A story of love, hope, and unexpected second chancesStill grieving the loss of her husband and young daughter, Abigail Jamieson is struggling to carve out a new life on her own.  With no work experience and few marketable skills, Abby falls back on the one thing she...

read more

Down for the City

Carl Fredrick’s reign as one of Austin’s most notorious drug traffickers is in jeopardy. The feds have him in their crosshairs and have sent the beautiful, voluptuous Asha to infiltrate his organization. The two become entangled in a lust-driven relationship built on...

read more