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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: African American Award Winning Authors

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

African American Award Winning Authors

African American Literary Awards 2009, Fiction

Dying for Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey - Gideon, a professional assassin, is convinced that an old score with a former client from Detroit was settled a long time ago. But the lady from Detroit has never forgotten-or forgiven-Gideon, and with a crack team of hit-men, she's not letting him out of her sight. Now, Gideon's on the run again, embarking on a global chase that takes him from London to Nashville, and back to the Caribbean where those on both sides of this battle are dying for revenge.

African American Literary Awards 2009, Authors of the Year

The Best of Everything by Kimberla Lawson Roby - "Alicia has chosen to follow in the scandalous footsteps of her father, the womanizing spendthrift Reverend Curtis Black. Newly married to her father’s protégé, she routinely covers her shopping addiction by lying about her activities, and events rapidly escalate when she is robbed the same day several credit card statements arrive in the mail and her husband confronts her. In response, Alicia not only perversely spends even more, she also embarks on an affair with a drug lord. Refusing to admit that her marriage is in jeopardy, this reverend’s daughter behaves like a spoiled child rather than a responsible married woman living by the tenets of her faith." ~Booklist

Basketball Jones by E. Lynn Harris - AJ Richardson is living the good life. Thanks to his longtime lover, NBA star Dray Jones, he has a gorgeous townhouse in New Orleans, plenty of frequent-flier miles, and an MBA he’s never had to use. Built on a deep and abiding love, their hidden relationship sustains them both. But when Dray’s teammates begin to ask insinuating questions, Dray puts their doubts to rest by marrying Judi, a beautiful and ambitious woman. Judi knows nothing about Dray's "other life." Or does she?

Stephen E. Henderson Award for Fiction and Poetry 2009

Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color by Elizabeth Alexander - "Twenty-four sonnets tell the story of Prudence Crandall and her efforts to educate young African-American women in Canterbury, CT, 1833-1834. The school began as a boarding school for white girls; when two black women inquired about taking classes and Crandall agreed, the townspeople withdrew their daughters. As she accepted more black students, the town became more vocal in its resistance, poisoning the school water supply, refusing to sell it supplies, and charging Miss Crandall and others with a variety of "crimes." The sonnet format is challenging but compelling. Each poem addresses an individual aspect of the story; therefore, the tone and cadence change depending upon the person speaking or the event being depicted. A heartfelt, unusual presentation, this book rewards patient readers." –School Library Journal

Essence Literary Awards, Fiction

The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson - In 1946, Hollywood’s most famous swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, arrived in Jamaica in a storm-ravaged boat. After a long and celebrated career on the silver screen, Flynn spent the last years of his life on a small island off the Jamaican coast, where he fell in love with the people, the paradisiacal setting, and the privacy, and brought a touch of Tinseltown glamour to the West Indian community. Based on those years, The Pirate’s Daughter imagines an affair between the aging matinee star and Ida, a beautiful local girl. Flynn’s affections are unpredictable but that doesn’t stop Ida from dreaming of a life with him, especially after the birth of their daughter, May. Margaret Cezair-Thompson weaves stories of mothers and daughters, fathers and lovers, country and kin, into this compelling, dual-generational coming-of-age tale of two women struggling to find their way in a nation wrestling with its own independence.

Essence Literary Awards, Memoir

Brother I’m Dying, A Memoir by Edwidge Danticat - From the age of four, award-winning writer Edwidge Danticat came to think of her uncle Joseph as her "second father," when she was placed in his care after her parents left Haiti for America. And so she was both elated and saddened when, at twelve, she joined her parents and youngest brothers in New York City. As Edwidge made a life in a new country, adjusting to being far away from so many who she loved, she and her family continued to fear for the safety of those still in Haiti as the political situation deteriorated. In 2004, they entered into a terrifying tale of good people caught up in events beyond their control. Brother I'm Dying is an astonishing true-life epic, told on an intimate scale by one of our finest writers.


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