Thanks for visiting today. The names above are just a few Friends of Literati we hope you'll get to know while you're here. Since 1997 our editors have hand-selected those writers we choose to feature on this site, along with the fine books they have published, and that will always be one of Literati's main functions—to introduce you to some really interesting people who have things to say, whether fiction or non-fiction.
The best place to start is on the Authors page. Choose your favorite categories, and we'll offer up a fine selection of writers who meet your criteria. We'll also be offering space here to new and upcoming authors on an invitation-only basis. If you are an author with a book needing readers, perhaps we can help. Contact us here and we'll describe the process.
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by Alquan Pinkard
Pacific Raven Press, 2013
Barcelona Brownsville: Life in the Hood is a book based on true events. It is about a young African American street kid, who tries to make it out of the ghetto before death knocks on his door. He must sell drugs to make money and carry a gun to protect himself while dodging the crooked cops. This book takes you through a journey on how a drug dealing kid escapes the concrete jungle, gun shots, grimy females, jail and death while living in Brooklyn's dirtiest, poorest, highest crime rate neighborhood of Brownsville. Barcelona Brownsville takes you through his journey of now living in rural Pennsylvania while having a second home in Hawai'i where there is almost no crime. He now makes an honest living, gainfully employed and no longer has to worry about his past life where he once lived a precarious and dangerous life in the hood.
With Amanda Knox's $4 million book deal rumored to reveal itself on bookshelves in April 2013, we thought it perfect timing for our readers to get hold of Nina Burleigh's excellent coverage of the trial in the recently released paperback of The Fatal Gift of Beauty.
The Fatal Gift of Beauty
by Nina Burleigh
On November 1, 2007, Meredith Kercher, a British student at the University of Perugia, was found sexually assaulted and murdered in an apartment she shared with American student Amanda Knox and two other women. Knox reportedly returned home the following day to find the door open and bloodstains on the floor; police later found Kerchner's body in her locked room. Knox, along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, was eventually convicted of helping a local named Rudy Guede murder Kerchner when she resisted his advances. Amid a firestorm of media coverage, allegations were made that the investigation was botched; counter-allegations said the trial was fair and that portrayals of Knox as a victim were unwarranted. Here, journalist/author Nina Burleigh (e.g., Unholy Business) reconstructs a murder case that has proved to be about much more than murder. There will be interest.
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