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    Series: Vintage International
    Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
    9780679732761 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: March 14, 1995
    $22.00 CAD 5.16 x 7.97 x 0.98 in | 608 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Vintage
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      A milestone in American literature—a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.

      Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


      A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood”, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
      Bio
      Ralph Ellison was born in Okalahoma and trained as a musician at Tuskegee Institute from 1933 to 1936, at which time a visit to New York and a meeting with Richard Wright led to his first attempts at fiction. Invisible Man won the National Book Award and the Russwurm Award. Appointed to the Academy of American Arts and Letters in 1964, Ellison taught at many colleges including Bard College, the University of Chicago, and New York University where he was Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities from 1970 through 1980. Ralph Ellison died in 1994.
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      Awards
      National Book Awards 1953, Winner
      Reviews
      "A book of the very first order, a superb book."—Saul Bellow
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    Blood in the Water The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy Heather Ann Thompson
    9780375423222 Hardcover HISTORY / United States On Sale Date: August 23, 2016
    $47.00 CAD 6.34 x 9.53 x 1.53 in | 752 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Pantheon
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      WINNER OF THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE IN HISTORY 
      WINNER OF THE 2017 BANCROFT PRIZE

      NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK FOR 2016 * NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE BOSTON GLOBENEWSWEEKKIRKUS, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

      THE FIRST DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE INFAMOUS 1971 ATTICA PRISON UPRISING, THE STATE’S VIOLENT RESPONSE, AND THE VICTIMS’ DECADES-LONG QUEST FOR JUSTICE

       
      On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions during the four long days and nights that followed.

      On September 13, the state abruptly sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers to retake the prison by force. Their gunfire killed thirty-nine men—hostages as well as prisoners—and severely wounded more than one hundred others. In the ensuing hours, weeks, and months, troopers and officers brutally retaliated against the prisoners. And, ultimately, New York State authorities prosecuted only the prisoners, never once bringing charges against the officials involved in the retaking and its aftermath and neglecting to provide support to the survivors and the families of the men who had been killed.
       
      Drawing from more than a decade of extensive research, historian Heather Ann Thompson sheds new light on every aspect of the uprising and its legacy, giving voice to all those who took part in this forty-five-year fight for justice: prisoners, former hostages, families of the victims, lawyers and judges, and state officials and members of law enforcement. Blood in the Water is the searing and indelible account of one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century.

      (With black-and-white photos throughout)

      Bio
      HEATHER ANN THOMPSON is an award-winning historian at the University of Michigan. Her most recent book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize, and the J. Willard Hurst Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other accolades. She is also the author of Whose Detroit?: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City and the editor of Speaking Out: Activism and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s. She served on a National Academy of Sciences blue-ribbon panel that studied the causes and consequences of mass incarceration in the United States and has given congressional staff briefings on the subject. She has written on the history of mass incarceration and its current impact for The New York Times, Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Newsweek, NBC, Dissent, New Labor Forum, and The Huffington Post, as well as for various top scholarly publications.
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      Awards
      Bancroft Prize 2017, Winner
      National Book Award 2016, Short-listed
      Pulitzer Prize (History) 2017, Winner
      Reviews
      Praise for Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water

      “Gripping . . . Not all works of history have something to say so directly to the present, but Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, which deals with racial conflict, mass incarceration, police brutality and dissembling politicians, reads like it was special-ordered for the sweltering summer of 2016. But there’s nothing partisan or argumentative about Blood in the Water. The power of this superb work of history comes from its methodical mastery of interviews, transcripts, police reports and other documents, covering 35 years, many released only reluctantly by government agencies . . . It’s Ms. Thompson’s achievement, in this remarkable book, to make us understand why this one group of prisoners [rebelled], and how many others shared the cost.” —Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times

      “Chilling, and in places downright shocking . . . [Thompson] tells the story of the riot and its aftermath with precision and momentum.” —Bryan Burrough, The Wall Street Journal

      “A masterly account . . . Essential . . . Blood in the Water restores [the prisoners’] struggle to its rightful place in our collective memory.” —James Forman Jr., The New York Times Book Review

      “A long, memorable chronicle . . . dense with new information . . . Thompson’s capacity for close observation and her honesty [are] impressive.” —Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

      “Masterful.” —Lewis M. Steel, The Nation

      “Thompson’s book is a masterpiece of historical research; it is thoroughly researched, extensively documented and reads like a novel . . . Magnificent.” —Terry Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor

      “Heather Ann Thompson tracked down long-hidden files related to the tragedy at Attica—some of which have since disappeared—to tell the saga in its full horror.” —Larry Getlen, New York Post

      “Writing with cinematic clarity from meticulously sourced material, [Thompson] brilliantly exposes the realities of the Attica prison uprising . . . Thompson’s superb and thorough study serves as a powerful tale of the search for justice in the face of the abuses of institutional power.” —Publishers Weekly Review of the Day (starred review)

      “[A] real eye-opener for readers whose interest in Attica and knowledge of what happened ended when the headlines receded . . . Compelling . . . Sensitive . . . Impressively authoritative and thoughtfully composed.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

      Blood in the Water is extraordinary—a true gift to the written history of civil rights and racial justice struggles in America.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

      “Remarkable. Blood in the Water is a historical tour de force. It sheds new light on these most important historical events, events that in part triggered the wave of exponential prison growth today. For those of us who have been tracing the rise of mass incarceration in this country, Heather Ann Thompson’s book is a must read.” —Bernard E. Harcourt, Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia University

      “Heather Ann Thompson wields the powers of the historian with mesmerizing force. Forty-five years after the Attica uprising, Blood in the Water offers the most complete history to date on that tragic episode and does so with unflinching purpose: a clearer view of the consequences for human life, both past and present.” —Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA

      Blood in the Water tells of warning signs in 1971 that still exist more than forty years later. Heather Ann Thompson’s prophetic analysis is a sobering reminder that we must all care about what is happening to human beings behind prison walls.” —Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director of the Correctional Association of New York
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    Little Green An Easy Rawlins Mystery Walter Mosley
    9780307949783 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: January 28, 2014
    $21.95 CAD 5.2 x 7.98 x 0.64 in | 304 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
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      In Little Green, Walter Mosley’s acclaimed detective Easy Rawlins returns from the brink of death to investigate the dark side of that haven for Los Angeles hippies, the Sunset Strip. He’s soon back in top form, cruising the gloriously psychedelic mean streets of L.A. with his murderous sidekick, Mouse. They’ve been hired to look for a young black man, Evander “Little Green” Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip.

      Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and
      emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

      Bio
      WALTER MOSLEY is the author of more than forty books, including eleven previous Easy Rawlins mysteries, the first of which, Devil in a Blue Dress, was made into an acclaimed film starring Denzel Washington. Always Outnumbered was an HBO film starring Laurence Fishburne, adapted from Mosley’s first Socrates Fortlow novel. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of Johnson State College, he lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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      “Mosley writes like a slumming angel, and his evocation of mid-century L.A. is worth savoring.” —The Detroit News

      “Faster, smarter and more gutsy than any of its predecessors. . . . Mosley writes mysteries, but they’re also literary jewels and priceless social history.”
      The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

      “Mosley is never better than when he’s got a juicy cut of history to chew on, and the hippie counterculture of the late ’60s perfectly feeds his style.”
      The New York Times Book Review

      “Mosley’s project, like James Ellroy’s, like Chester Himes’s, has always been to use the genre to explore history and racial politics. He’s a thinker and a polemicist and not just a mystery guy.” —Los Angeles Times

      “Rawlins himself is at the heart of the series’ appeal: a well-read auto-didact and man of action, father of found children and spouse to no one who sometimes sees his double life, divided between the land of law and the underworld.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “The Easy Rawlins novels. . . . have never been mere whodunits. Taken together, they are nothing less than a history of race relations in post-World War II Los Angeles. Little Green more than lives up to the high standard the author has set.”
      Associated Press

      “The mix of hardboiled detective narrative and social philosophizing on African American life . . . [is what] makes Easy such an enduring figure and his comeback so welcome.” —The Houston Chronicle

      “[A] major event for crime-fiction fans. . . . Mosley returns here to doing what he does best: setting the pain and pleasure of individual lives, lived mostly in L.A.’s black community, within an instantly recognizable historical moment and allowing the two to feed off one another.” —Booklist

      “Superb. . . . If there were an Edgar for best comeback player, Easy Rawlins would be a shoo-in.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

      “Rawlins, Mouse, and the world they live in have as many sharp, hard surfaces as ground obsidian. But Mosley gives them an additional facet. Whereas the traditional hard-boiled detective is a lonely, solitary figure, Rawlins is surrounded by a family of his own making, an adopted, makeshift, multi-ethnic family that reflects and prefigures the realities of modern America.” —Tulsa World

      “Mosley is a master of historical setting and atmosphere, and he does a dazzling job of capturing the 1960s vibe of the Strip, from the free-spirited innocence of the flower children to the sinister glint of those who prey upon them.” —Tampa Bay Times

      “[In Easy,] Mosley has created a flesh-and-blood man who transcends the page and walks forever in our imaginations.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

      “A powerful writer, with such well-honed prose and so strong a sense of place that his books are always entertaining.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

      “Unraveling the puzzles . . . is almost as enjoyable as marveling at the author’s nimble mind, and discovering, yet again, that the prolific Mosley has many more tales to tell.”
      The Boston Globe
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    Crime Partners Donald Goines
    9780758281555 Paperback FICTION / African American On Sale Date: November 27, 2012
    $15.00 CAD 5.61 x 8.26 x 0.65 in | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Canadian Rights: Y Kensington
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      Donald Goines's powerful first novel in the Kenyatta series lays bare the bloody, brutal world of crime in the black ghetto—where, as Goines puts it, "kindness is the sweetest con of all." Here is the gutsy and often shocking world of Billy and Jackie, prison buddies on the streets and hot on the trigger.

      “All those [other black] writers, no matter how well they dealt with black experience, appealed largely to an educated, middle-class, largely white readership. They brought news of one place to the residents of another. Goines’s novels, on the other hand, are written from ground zero. They are almost unbearable. It is not the educated voice of a writer who has, so to speak, risen above his background, it is the voice of the ghetto itself.” —Michael Covino, The Village Voice
      Bio
      Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family’s dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.
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    Series: Kenyatta
    Kenyatta's Last Hit Donald Goines
    9780870679445 Paperback FICTION / African American On Sale Date: January 01, 1998
    $8.99 CAD 4.17 x 6.88 x 0.66 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Holloway House
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       “The voice of the ghetto itself.” —The Village Voice

      The godfather of urban lit is back with the graphic, thrilling conclusion to Kenyatta’s quest to reclaim his streets…

      For Kenyatta, the living urban legend, the war is far from over. With new recruits bolstering his army, he’s ready to take down the drug pushers destroying his. This time the battle is moving out of the streets and heading west, where he faces off with his arch enemy in a brutal showdown in Vegas, high atop a glittering hotel. One bullet, one hit, one survivor—winner takes all…

      “He lived by the code of the streets and his books vividly recreated the street jungle and its predators.” —New Jersey Voice
      Bio
      Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family’s dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.
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    Series: Kenyatta
    Kenyatta's Escape Donald Goines
    9780758287441 Paperback FICTION / African American On Sale Date: April 30, 2013
    $16.95 CAD 5.53 x 8.26 x 0.62 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 64 Canadian Rights: Y Holloway House
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      Kenyatta had two ambitions: cleaning the ghetto of all drug traffic and gunning down all the racist white cops. But a black and white detective team, Benson and Ryan, is on his tail and has discovered the location of his army's camp. Armed with tanks, they bring a bloody doomsday to his followers. In Kenyatta's Escape, author Donald Goines continues his story of the bloody, brutal world of crime he began in Crime Partners and Death List. They're all back for a coast-to-coast chase that spells gripping adventure.
      Bio
      Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family’s dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.
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    Series: Antisocial
    Shame the Devil George P. Pelecanos
    9780440236351 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective On Sale Date: March 06, 2001
    $10.99 CAD 4.13 x 6.83 x 1 in | 384 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Dell
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      The boys are back in town

      Frank Farrow is a natural-born killer. Roman Otis is a fine-looking crooner who does his killing on the side. On a hot D.C. afternoon Frank and Roman hit a pizza shop called May's. When the hit was over, four people were executed. A cop was shot. A boy was dead. And when the sirens stopped wailing and the killers vanished into the heat, dozens of lives were shattered forever.

      Now it's three years later, and Dimitri Karras, who lost a son, is starting to live again. But Dimitri's old acquaintance, a P.I. named Nick Stefanos, has just unburied the past--by discovering the killers' identity. Suddenly the second act of a crime story is about to be told. Because the May's pizza parlor killers are coming back into town: where they'll be greeted with open arms, broken hearts, and at least one loaded gun.
      Bio
      George P. Pelecanos is the author of seven other novels: The Sweet Forever, King Suckerman, The Big Blowdown, Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, Shoedog, Nick's Trip, and A Firing Offense. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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      "For some time George P. Pelecanos has been the best-kept secret in crime fiction -- maybe all fiction ... The word among writers and those in the know has long been 'Read Pelecanos.'"
      -- Michael Connelly, author of Void Moon

      "One of the best crime novelists alive, George Pelecanos is an American original."
      -- Dennis Lehane, author of Prayers for Rain

      "Tough and skillful...there are action scenes as fierce as any you will read and street talk that hits the ear as smart and accurate."
      -- San Francisco Chronicle


      Also by George P. Pelecanos:

      The Sweet Forever

      "Brilliant."
      -- The Dallas Morning News

      "The Sweet Forever is the bomb!"
      -- The Seattle Times

      King Suckerman

      "King Suckerman's got jive, juice, and a whole lotta justice."
      -- Time Out

      "A great read ... stunning and forceful."
      -- Michael Connelly, author of Void Moon

      Available from Dell
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    Series: Penguin Modern Classics
    Modern Classics a Rage in Harlem Chester Himes
    9780141196442 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: June 21, 2011
    $14.99 CAD 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.6 in | 192 pages Carton Quantity: 81 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Classic
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      A dark and witty work of hardboiled detective fiction set in the mean streets of New York, Chester Himes’s A Rage in Harlem includes an introduction by Luc Sante in Penguin Modern Classics.

      Jackson’s woman has found him a foolproof way to make money - a technique for turning ten dollar bills into hundreds. But when the scheme somehow fails, Jackson is left broke, wanted by the police and desperately racing to get back both his money and his loving Imabelle. The first of Chester Himes’s novels to feature the hardboiled Harlem detectives ’Coffin’ Ed Johnson and ’Grave Digger’ Jones, A Rage in Harlem has swagger, brutal humour, lurid violence, a hearse loaded with gold and a conman dressed as a Sister of Mercy.

      Chester Himes (1909-1984) was born in Jefferson City, Missouri and grew up in Cleveland. Aged 19 he was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to 20 to 25 years in jail. In jail he began to write short stories, some of which were published in Esquire. Upon release he took a variety of jobs from working in a California shipyard to journalism to script-writing while continuing to write fiction. He later moved to Paris where he was commissioned by La Série Noire to write the first of his Harlem detective novels, A Rage in Harlem, which won the 1957 Grand Prix du Roman Policier, and was adapted into a 1991 film starring Forest Whitaker and Danny Glover.

      If you enjoyed A Rage in Harlem, you might like Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep and Other Novels, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

      ’The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler’
      Sunday Times

      Bio
      Chester Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1909 and grew up in Cleveland.

      Aged 19 he was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to 20 to 25 years in jail. In jail he began to write short stories, some of which were published in Esquire.

      Upon release he took a variety of jobs from working in a California shipyard to journalism to script-writing while continuing to write fiction. He later moved to Paris where he was commissioned by La Série Noire to write the first of his Harlem detective novels, La reine des pommes/A Rage in Harlem, which won the 1957 Grand Prix du Roman Policier. In 1969 Himes moved to Spain, where he died in 1984.

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      Outrageous, shocking, wonderful—New York Times Book Review

      Himes wrote spectacularly successful entertainments, filled with gems of descriptive writing, plots that barely sidestep chaos, characters surreal, grotesque, comic, hip, Harlem recollected as a place that can make you laugh, cry, shudder.—John Edgar Wideman

      Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. His command of nuances of character and dynamics of plot is preeminent among writers of crime fiction. He is a master craftsman.—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

      A fantasia with a hard brilliant core—Evening Standard

      A fine crime writer of Chandlerian subtlety though in a vein of sheer toughness very much his own—The Times

      Chester Himes is the great lost crime writer, as well a great American dissident novelist per se, and an essential witness to his times. Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it.—Jonathan Lethem

      Hieronymus Bosch meets Miles Davis—The New York Times

      He belongs with those great demented realists ... whose writing pitilessly exposes the ridiculousness of the human condition—Will Self

      That he could channel this pain and misery into some of the greatest crime novels ever written is a testament to his skill as a writer and his spirit as a man. If this is the first Chester Himes novel you will read then, believe me, you are in for a treat.—Noel "Razor" Smith
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    Series: Penguin Modern Classics
    Modern Classics the Heat's On Chester Himes
    9780141196473 Paperback FICTION / Classics On Sale Date: June 21, 2011
    $12.00 CAD 5.1 x 7.75 x 0.6 in | 180 pages Carton Quantity: 80 Canadian Rights: Y Penguin Classic
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      Detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones have lost two criminals. Pinky ran off - but it shouldn't be hard to track down a giant albino in Harlem. Jake the dwarf drug dealer, though, isn't coming back - he died after Grave Digger punched him in the stomach. And the dwarf's death might cost them both their badges. Unless they can track down the cause of all this mayhem - like the African with his throat slit and the dog the size of a lion with an open head wound.

      Chester Himes's hardboiled tales of Harlem have a barely contained chaos and a visceral, macabre edge all their own.

      With a new Introduction by Noel 'Razor' Smith.

      Bio
      Chester Himes was born in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1909 and grew up in Cleveland.

      Aged 19 he was arrested for armed robbery and sentenced to 20 to 25 years in jail. In jail he began to write short stories, some of which were published in Esquire.

      Upon release he took a variety of jobs from working in a California shipyard to journalism to script-writing while continuing to write fiction. He later moved to Paris where he was commissioned by La Série Noire to write the first of his Harlem detective novels, La reine des pommes/A Rage in Harlem, which won the 1957 Grand Prix du Roman Policier. In 1969 Himes moved to Spain, where he died in 1984.

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      The greatest find in American crime fiction since Raymond Chandler—Sunday Times

      Outrageous, shocking, wonderful—New York Times Book Review

      Himes wrote spectacularly successful entertainments, filled with gems of descriptive writing, plots that barely sidestep chaos, characters surreal, grotesque, comic, hip, Harlem recollected as a place that can make you laugh, cry, shudder.—John Edgar Wideman

      Chester Himes is one of the towering figures of the black literary tradition. His command of nuances of character and dynamics of plot is preeminent among writers of crime fiction. He is a master craftsman.—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

      A fantasia with a hard brilliant core—Evening Standard

      A fine crime writer of Chandlerian subtlety though in a vein of sheer toughness very much his own—The Times

      Chester Himes is the great lost crime writer, as well a great American dissident novelist per se, and an essential witness to his times. Every one of his beyond-cool Harlem novels is cherished by every reader who finds it.—Jonathan Lethem

      Hieronymus Bosch meets Miles Davis—The New York Times

      He belongs with those great demented realists ... whose writing pitilessly exposes the ridiculousness of the human condition—Will Self

      That he could channel this pain and misery into some of the greatest crime novels ever written is a testament to his skill as a writer and his spirit as a man. If this is the first Chester Himes novel you will read then, believe me, you are in for a treat.—Noel "Razor" Smith
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    Selected Letters of Langston Hughes Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad, David Roessel, Christa Fratantoro
    9780375413797 Hardcover LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Letters On Sale Date: February 10, 2015
    $41.00 CAD 6.72 x 9.75 x 1.64 in | 480 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf
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      This is the first comprehensive selection from the correspondence of the iconic and beloved Langston Hughes. It offers a life in letters that showcases his many struggles as well as his memorable achievements. Arranged by decade and linked by expert commentary, the volume guides us through Hughes’s journey in all its aspects: personal, political, practical, and—above all—literary. His letters range from those written to family members, notably his father (who opposed Langston’s literary ambitions), and to friends, fellow artists, critics, and readers who sought him out by mail. These figures include personalities such as Carl Van Vechten, Blanche Knopf, Zora Neale Hurston, Arna Bontemps, Vachel Lindsay, Ezra Pound, Richard Wright, Kurt Weill, Carl Sandburg, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Walker, Amiri Baraka, and Muhammad Ali. The letters tell the story of a determined poet precociously finding his mature voice; struggling to realize his literary goals in an environment generally hostile to blacks; reaching out bravely to the young and challenging them to aspire beyond the bonds of segregation; using his artistic prestige to serve the disenfranchised and the cause of social justice; irrepressibly laughing at the world despite its quirks and humiliations. Venturing bravely on what he called the “big sea” of life, Hughes made his way forward always aware that his only hope of self-fulfillment and a sense of personal integrity lay in diligently pursuing his literary vocation. Hughes’s voice in these pages, enhanced by photographs and quotations from his poetry, allows us to know him intimately and gives us an unusually rich picture of this generous, visionary, gratifyingly good man who was also a genius of modern American letters.

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      ARNOLD RAMPERSAD, the Sarah Hart Kimball Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Stanford University, has also taught at Princeton, Columbia, and Rutgers Universities. His books include The Life of Langston Hughes (two volumes); biographies of W. E. B. Du Bois, Jackie Robinson, and Ralph Ellison; and, with Arthur Ashe, Days of Grace: A Memoir. Among his numerous awards and honors are a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1991 and the National Humanities Medal, presented at the White House in 2011.

      DAVID ROESSEL is the Peter and Stella Yiannos Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is the associate editor, with Arnold Rampersad, of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, as well as the coeditor of The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams and Mister Paradise and Other One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams. His book In Byron’s Shadow: Modern Greece in the English and American Imagination was awarded the annual MLA Prize for Independent Scholars.

      CHRISTA FRATANTORO is a senior editor with F. A. Davis Company, a health care publisher based in Philadelphia. She studied literature at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. An independent scholar with an interest in Hughes, she welcomed the opportunity to work on Selected Letters.



      Author Residence: Philadelphia, PA
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        Marketing: National Print Advertising in Poets and Writers and Harper’s

        Online Advertising including literary reviews and NPR.com

        Academic Advertising in PMLA (the journal of the Modern Language Association of America)



        Publicity: National Media Appearances, including NPR and print features

        Editor Tour: New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.



        Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/LangstonHughesAuthor

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