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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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Silence of the Nine

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Karma’s Kiss

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Ashley’s Story the Last Chapter

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A Quiet Strength

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The Assassination of Fred Hampton

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A Slave’s Tale

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The Ghosts of Ukuthula

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Unforgivable Love

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An innocent black teenager is accused of murder in this provocative and compassionate thriller that skillfully probes issues of race, class, crime, and injustice and offers a searing portrait of modern America.From the time her son, Malik, could walk, Janae taught him...

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Rozalyn 6

Rozalyn and Tamar are back for this final installment in the Rozalyn series. Rozalyn is now facing the hardest time of her life after taking the life of her once best friend Latoya. If that isn't enough, Tamar still isn't ready to be the man that Rozalyn needs him to...

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No Longer His Victim

Josette loves Tito, even though he abuses her. She's not naive though. She knows that if he did it once, he will do it again. Tito had promised her that if she leaves, he will kill her and her family. She has no reason to doubt him. With the help of her best friend...

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Skai’s the Limit 2

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The Head That Wears the Crown

"The Head That Wears The Crown" is the gritty story of Darius King –? a 23 year old CEO from the tough streets of Atlanta –? who finds himself in an all-out war to save everything and everyone that belongs to him, while also discovering the truth about his past....

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My Besties: The Come Up

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Babygirl and the Mean Boss

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Addicted to Him

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Through Thick & Thin

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Gold Plated Pieces

Nacole felt like she had it all great career loving children and the man of her dreams. Sure he wasn't perfect but after years of being together she had learned to accept Rich flaws and all. But when his flaws come in the physical form of Gina his sexy side chick...

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A Thug’s Love

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The Safe House

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Redemption Song

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The Crime Beat

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Rahmeek and Bella

"I made love to her mind before I got to her body, and when I got to her body, she was already wet." RahMeek, hometown hero and spearhead of Philly's most notorious drug ring, is serving a bid upstate after falling victim to someone else's misfortune. By a quirk of...

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Love Lies & Christmas

***This is a sample****Full book Available May 1, 2018Harlem and Mia Williams have brought their family together for the holidays but they get more than they bargain for when secrets are unleashed and baby mamas pop up from the past. It's all deja vu for Mia as she...

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All for Her

She hates me and I know it but that doesn’t stop me from wanting her.HimI was her protector.She trusted me and I screwed her over.I should not have touched her. My orders were to keep her safe. Not wake up in her bed.HerMy son is the secret they tried to destroy. I...

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