This past Friday, my dear friend (and Lo Zone regular), Victoria Christopher Murray…
…(which was originally self-published, then picked up by Warner Books, who also, as a result, started an entire Christian fiction line called Walk Worthy Press), publishing houses have unleashed waves of Christian fiction from African-American authors once they realized that us coloreds we enjoy reading all types of literature (gasp!), including books that emphasize God’s message.
“I didn’t even know that Christian fiction existed,” she said. “I knew that I wanted write a book that was entertaining, compelling and put God in the middle and still have the book be a page-turner.”
Since those early days, Murray’s books have regularly earned her spot on the Essence magazine’s bestseller’s list and garnered her a nomination for a 2001 NAACP Image Award.
The Wheatley Book Award honors the memory of the late African-American poet Phillis Wheatley. The award recognizes literary excellence and achievement that transcends cultural boundaries and perceptions, according to Max Rodriguez, the former publisher of QBR—The Quarterly Black Book Review and founder of the Harlem Book Fair. Past recipients include Dr. Maya Angelou, Maryse Conde, Carol Jenkins and Haki Madhubuti. In addition to Murray, this year’s honorees are Walter Dean Myers, author of the 1993 biography of Malcolm X; Omar Tyree, the outspoken author of 13 books that mainly focus on urban hip-hop culture; Chester Higgins, a photojournalist whose works have appeared in the New York Times, Black Enterprise and Art News; and Jan Carew, an educator and author whose works incorporate some of his experiences as an educator and author in Europe, Guyana and the U.S.
I’m mighty proud of Vickie. She’s been my friend through thick and paper thin, and I’ve watched her work realllllllll hard for everything she’s got. She’s determined, resilient, incredibly talented, and definitely God’s child, shining her lovelight everywhere she goes.
Much love, girl. You more than deserve this moment in the sun!
Don’t forget, y’all, her new novel, A Sin And A Shame…
…the long-awaited followup to Temptation (featuring her most scandalous character ever, Jasmine), is in stores now. Be sure to pick it up!!