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The Blind Alley
by Guild member Grace F. Edwards
Ms. Edwards has written four books in the Mali Anderson series, including If I Should Die, No Time to Die, and Do or Die. She received a 1999 Honor Book Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for the series second installment, A Toast Before Dying.
Her other novels include 'In The Shadow of the Peacock' and 'The Viaduct'.
serving time for murder, a man returns to live with his grandmother in a small
Harlem tenement. His presence opens old wounds and exposes hidden
secrets among the residents and the habitués of "The Blind Alley", an
after-hours jazz club in the basement.
Pandora's Box is opened and does not close until the explosive ending.
The Blacksmith's Daughter by Guild member Minnette Coleman.
Ms. Coleman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the great-granddaughter of that city's last blacksmiths. she lives in New York City.
William Brown, one of the last blacksmiths in Atlanta, has become a rich and powerful man buying and selling land and requiring only the best for his wife Bira, his crippled son and five unmarried daughters. the Piano Man wanders into this life enticed by the carefree youngest daughter June, but destined to marry the eldest sister according to the blacksmith's plan. June's desire to change these plans leads the proud family down a path that could destroy everything the blacksmith has worked for.
Mama's Boy by Guild member Diane Richards
Ms. Richards is the founder of Harlem Renaissance Publishing, Inc., a publishing entity committed to showcasing literature in the
of the Harlem Renaissance writers and contemporary literature from the Harlem
Hood. Ms. Richards is also a song and
screenwriter and stays active in the music and film world through memberships in the American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers and the Independent Feature Project.
Mama's Boy: An obsessive love between a mother and her three sons compels a desperate family into a nightmare of incest, violence and an unspeakable outcome.
An Ocean of Jewels by Guild member Judy C. Andrews.
Thank you members of The Harlem Writers guild, for your loving and unwavering support. Your wisdom strengthened me. Blessings to Grace F. Edwards and Eugene Hobgood for the astute expertise and thoughtfulness you offered so graciously; and to Betty Ann Jackson, your enlightening words about Jewel Avenue in New York were very much appreciated. Thank You: William H. Banks Jr. Rachael DeAragon, Alfonso Nicks, Karen Robinson, Sarah Elizabeth Wright, Bob DesVerney, Diane Richards, Sheila Doyle, Olubansile Abbas Mimiko M.D.; Dr. Angela Lynch-Clare, Funmi Ossaba, Gammy L. Singer and Andrea Broadwater for your encouraging words. Thank you Mr. Jon D. McWilliams and the staff of iUniverse.
And finally a very special thank you to Michael Anthony Belton, for uplifting my spirits to publish this work.
When Imani Jewel Henderson's mysteriously father dies on her 29th birthday, Christmas day 1999, she begins a journey towards self-love and faces many challenges. Can she unravel the secrets of her family's disturbing past when she was a foster child? Why did her mother commit suicide and leave her all alone? Why did her father keep notes about a holy river, an Orphan Train, an a murder in 1901? How will she battle depression and alcohol addition? Will Imani heal from two abusive relationships with married men? How can she repair what she destroyed when she slept with her best friend's husband? Will she ever find love that will connect her to her Gullah / Geechee heritage? Imani discovers that the answers are hidden in the rich details of her African American family traditions of quilts, folklore, Eva Creek Island, and the affluent town of Jewel Park, New York.
Judy C. Andrews is a high school teacher in Brooklyn New York. She received a Master of Arts in creative writing from The City College of New York. She has worked as an editor and freelance writer. She enjoys cooking and traveling.
Songs of the Zodiac (In doo-wop America ) by Guild member E. Landon Hobgood.
I extend my gratitude to the Harlem Writers Guild for their full support in this effort. I particularly wish to thank Grace F. Edwards and Judy C. Andrews for patiently reading and critiquing an overly long earlier draft of this novel. I also want to tank my friend Lawrence Patterson and Robert B. Williams for encouraging me when I was a pup.
I dedicate this book to my mother, Mina O. Hobgood and her mother Laura Welborn both of whom spoiled me enough to make me confident. And to my cousin Geraldine Cunningham who taught me to read when I was four years old.
Songs of the Zodiac: In Doo-Wop America is a
novel about intellectual life and show business during the Civil Rights era. It
is at once a coming of age, political and performance arts novel. And a love
story. This experimental work is sexual. The sometimes delicate and sometimes
explicit sexual scenes serve to reveal the personalities of the central
The book contains occasional violence. the violence however, like the sex, is never gratuitous. It might be added that although there is humor running through these pages the author might have said (Using an expression popular among popular Negroes in the era of this story) "I laugh and joke but I do not play."
Songs of the Zodiac is a novel of enlightenment and entertainment.
E. Landon Hobgood was born in Washington D.C. on September 6, 1936. Moved to New York City on January 20, 1958. He was educated in Washington D.C., North Carolina, New York City and Verona Italy. He sang with the original Alvin Ailey Company. He sang African chants with Olatunji. and acted on stage and screen for over 30 years. He's also a member of The Screen Actors Guild, The National Writers Union and Tae Kwon Do Association (2nd Dan)
Mourning Becomes Her by Guild member K.C. Washington
A Brooklynite by way of Cali, I have lived and loved on the east coast for over fourteen years. Fancying myself the spiritual love child of the late great Katharine Hepburn and the marvelously forward thinking James Baldwin, I strive to be true to my own vision and voice. It's not always easy or clear, but what is?!
I usually write long, time destroying works of
historical fiction, poetry and short stories. Mourning Becomes Her is my first
foray into the world of contemporary literary fiction. It was a labor of
love, a tango with two characters that I hope to be like when I grow up.
I love my dog, Zora, New York City (including the boros, of course) and my shoes. In that order!
Broadway baby Antigone Clarke, fresh from her triumphant theater debut, is ready for her close-up when her mother succumbs to cancer and her boyfriend kicks her out on the day of the funeral. Thrown off balance by grief for a woman she thought she despised, she fears she will exit stage left with sorrow and anger, when Baldwin Dahl takes center stage. Mr. Right, on and off the boards, Baldwin challenges Antigone's desire to self-destruct. Antigone challenges Baldwin's right to mind her business. Sparks fly and many bottles of top shelf gin go the way of ancient Greece as the thespians navigate their burgeoning careers and their tumultuous love affair.