From Hard-Core Street Lit to Gentle Romance | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections range from hard-core street lit and a PI-type mystery to a more gentle romance. Just as varied are these novels’ settings. Not settling for the same old same old inner-city backdrop, authors have picked more exotic locations, from the dazzling lights of Vegas to the Caribbean island of Haiti. Pick of the […]

Relationship Talk | African American Fiction (and More)

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An impressive debut from rapper Mac Lethal. Hampton sets her latest to reality TV. Octavia writes a sequel to His First Wife, and the spotlight turns to a self-published author from Cleveland.

The Long and Short of It | African American Fiction (and More)

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This month’s selections run the gamut from epic inspirational tales with dozens of characters and plot twists (Vanessa Davis Griggs’s The Other Side of Divine) to clipped novellas that tell an explosive story in less than 130 pages (Most Wanted by Kiki Swinson and Nikki Turner).

An Excellent Year for K’wan | African American Fiction (and More)

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The Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) committee of librarians acknowledges the best of the best from 2012 and author K’wan hits the trifecta! A useful third annual list and reader’s advisory tool.

Pop Authors with Cred | African American Fiction (And More)

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Authors in this month’s column have tons of cred. In fact, they’re almost known by single names like pop culture celebrities Rihanna, Diddy, or Nas. Here we have Nikki, HoneyB, and Eric whose books are always snatched up by loyal readers.

It’s so cool when spot-on descriptions shoot a visual image into readers’ imaginations and demand to be shared. Thus a few examples of tell-it-like-it-is found in this month’s titles.

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. […]

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

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