04 18 2014
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Books: Jesmyn Ward's 'Men We Reaped' -- Real People Impacted by the Crash of Race and Class

Her story unfolds in a narrative that slowly circles, then in the end plunges to the heart of her life's realization

Ward has pulled herself up from the devastated mud bays of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to make her mark on New York City's pampered literary elite by telling the stories of real people, really impacted by the crash of nature, race and class.

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Book: Meet Three Women Artists Who Changed Your Life

Harlem Nocturne by Farah Jasmine Griffin

In Harlem Nocturne, Farah Jasmine Griffin tells the stories of three black female artists whose creative and political efforts fueled the American movement for civil rights: choreographer and dancer Pearl Primus, composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, and novelist Ann Petry. 


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Mitchell S. Jackson: You Can Do Anything in Fiction

Acclaimed author discusses debut novel and his evolution throughout the writing process

Jackson's evolution has taken him from dreams of being a news anchor to writing for national publications to teaching writing in New York. As he awaits another milestone in his career, he discusses his new book and the journey that got him to this point.

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The Power List: Top Summer Books by and for African American Readers 2013

The Power List is compiled by collecting data from online book sellers, social media and a quarterly survey of 1,200 African-American book clubs

The Power List, the quarterly compilation of best-selling books written or read by African Americans, released its Summer 2013 list last week. The Power List is a joint project of AALBC.com, Cushcity.com and Mosaicbooks.com, three Web sites which have promoted African-American literature for more than a decade.


Read more: The Power List: Top Summer Books by and for African American Readers 2013

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