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Written by ROBIN COSTE LEWIS

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/21/2017

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91120-4

Now in paperback, this National Book Award-winning debut poetry collection is a meditation on the black female figure through time.

Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems meditating on the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. In the center of the collection is the title poem, "Voyage of the Sable Venus," an amazing narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present--titles that...

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SELECTED AND UNCOLLECTED POEMS, 1995-2015
Written by KEVIN YOUNG

Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/05/2017

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80741-0

Now in paperback, from the award-winning author of Jelly Roll and Book of Hours, a rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with "B sides" and "bonus tracks" from this prolific and widely acclaimed poet.

Blue Laws gathers poems written over the past two decades, drawing from all nine of Kevin Young's previously published books of poetry and including a number of uncollected, often unpublished, poems. From his stunning lyric...

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Written by ERNEST J. GAINES

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/29/2017

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-525-43446-7

Ernest J. Gaines's new novella revolves around a courthouse shooting that leads a young reporter to uncover the long story of race and power in his small town and the relationship between the white sheriff and the black man who "whipped children" to keep order.

    After Brady Sims pulls out a gun in a courtroom and shoots his own son, who has just been convicted of robbery and murder, he asks only to be allowed two hours before he'll give himself up to the sheriff. When the editor of the...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages

Publisher: Penguin Classics

On Sale: 09/27/2016

Price: $22.00

ISBN: 978-0-143-10681-4

A new collection of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader
 
This compact volume offers a full course on the remarkable, diverse career of Frederick Douglass, letting us hear once more a necessary historical figure whose guiding voice is needed now as urgently as ever. Edited by renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Pulitzer Prize–nominated historian John Stauffer, The Portable Frederick Douglass includes the full range of Douglass’s...

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Written by COLSON WHITEHEAD

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 08/02/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-54236-4

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award
Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection

 
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits....

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A LEONID MCGILL MYSTERY
Written by WALTER MOSLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

On Sale: 04/19/2016

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17209-7

P.I. Leonid McGill isn’t usually one to refuse a case. But when Hiram Stent, a man down on his luck, begs him to find a cousin who is about to inherit millions of dollars, he senses something fishy. His instincts prove right: The night after he turns Hiram away, Hiram is found dead and Leonid’s office is broken into. Feeling partly responsible for this bizarre turn of events, Leonid is forced to open an investigation that will pull him into the lurid history of an old-money New York...

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Written by JAMES BALDWIN
Introduction by EDWIDGE DANTICAT

Format: Hardcover, 280 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 03/01/2016

Price: $24.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90761-0

This haunting coming-of-age story, based in part on James Baldwin’s childhood in Harlem, is an American classic.

Originally published in 1953, Go Tell It on the Mountain was Baldwin’s first major work. With a potent combination of lyrical compassion and resonant rage, he portrays a fourteen-year-old boy questioning the terms of his identity. John Grimes is the stepson of a fire-breathing and abusive Pentecostal preacher in Harlem during the Depression. The action of this short novel spans a...

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Written by JAMES BALDWIN
Introduction by COLM TOIBIN

Format: Hardcover, 200 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 03/01/2016

Price: $21.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90774-0

James Baldwin’s groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris.

David is a young American expatriate who has just proposed marriage to his girlfriend, Hella. While she is away on a trip, David meets a bartender named Giovanni to whom he is drawn in spite of himself. Soon the two are spending the night in Giovanni’s curtainless room, which he keeps dark to protect their privacy. But Hella’s return to Paris brings the affair to...

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SELECTED AND UNCOLLECTED POEMS, 1995-2015
Written by KEVIN YOUNG

Format: Hardcover, 608 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/02/2016

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-35150-8

A rich and lively gathering of highlights from the first twenty years of an extraordinary career, interspersed with “B sides” and “bonus tracks” from this prolific and widely acclaimed poet. 

Blue Laws
 gathers poems written over the past two decades, drawing from all nine of Kevin Young’s previously published books of poetry and including a number of uncollected, often unpublished, poems. From his stunning lyric debut (Most Way Home, 1995) and the amazing “double album” life of Jean-Michel...

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Written by TONI MORRISON

Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/26/2016

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74092-2

At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to...

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Written by KEVIN YOUNG

Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/13/2015

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-71188-6

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. “In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,” he tells us, in one of the collection’s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement (“Not the storm / but the calm / that slays me”), Kevin Young acknowledges, even celebrates, life’s passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence about the birth of his son: in “Crowning,” he delivers what is surely one of the most...

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AND OTHER POEMS
Written by ROBIN COSTE LEWIS

Format: Hardcover, 160 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/29/2015

Price: $26.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-87543-8

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry 

A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice.
 
Robin Coste Lewis’s electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. The central panel is the title poem, “Voyage of the Sable Venus,” a riveting narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient...

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