Tough Women, Tough Times | The Word on Street Lit

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I’m often asked to name today’s top street lit authors. Look no further than Sister Souljah, Nisa Santiago, and Kiki Swinson, three writers who are surfing the wave of today’s urban fiction. Their intricate stories feature complex protagonists whose stone-cold faces belie the emotional tragedy they are enduring. Tough women, tough times, exciting reads. Pick […]

Six Shades of Urban Fiction | The Word on Street Lit

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Sexy street lit covers often have volumes flying off shelves. Yet savvy librarians can give circulation a professional nudge by presenting the story in pithy summaries. Here then are six-word descriptions of this month’s selections. Let’s call them Six Shades of Street Lit. Wild killer seeks revenge in Harlem. Crazy murderess stripper seduces, slays men. […]

The Voices of Black Fiction: African-American Fiction on Audio | Collection Development

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In his provocative new book, What Was African-­American Literature?—an expansion of his 2007 W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University—Kenneth W. Warren defines “African American literature” as titles produced by blacks during the Jim Crow era, that terrible time of constitutionally sanctioned segregation in the United States. With discriminatory Jim Crow laws now off the […]

Trash-Talking Divas in Trouble | The Word on Street Lit

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The ladies in this month’s selections often find themselves in a world of trouble. How do they cope with abusive relationships, backstabbing women, or the legal action involved with trying to get deadbeat dads to pay child support? Out of their mouths come nasty insults and snappy comebacks. You’re jokin’ but you’re not funny. He […]

The Word on Street Lit: Family Ties

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From sisters who are sworn enemies in Nisa Santiago’s Checkmate to twin brothers connected by a strong bond despite different interests in Tysha’s Young-Minded Hustler, family is a big theme in this month’s selections.

The Word on Street Lit: These Ladies Have Come a Long Way

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The Word on Street Lit: These Ladies Have Come a Long Way

The Word on Street Lit: Scam Queens & Dirty Divas

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The Word on Street Lit: Scam Queens & Dirty Divas

The Word on Street Lit: 2012 Street Lit Book Award Medal Winners; Plus, Trash Talk

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The Word on Street Lit: 2012 Street Lit Book Award Medal Winners; Plus, Trash Talk

The Word on Street Lit: From Strip Clubs to Law Offices

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The Word on Street Lit: From Strip Clubs to Law Offices

The Word on Street Lit: Old School Versus New Blood

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The Word on Street Lit: Old School Versus New Blood

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