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NEWS & PRESS FOR SOLEMN

Excerpts

“Pearletta”  | Deep South Magazine

“The Pitchfork Game”  | pluck! Journal of Afrillachian Arts & Culture

“Singer’s”  | Hermeneutic Chaos

“Expecting”  | gravel.

“Solemn and The Hassles”  | Hermeneutic Chaos

Interviews

“A Voice Dying to Be Heard” New City Lit 

“A ‘Solemn’ Assembly”  Deep South Magazine

“Life Through Fiction”  | The University of Chicago Magazine

“A Solemn Story Of a Young Woman’s Awakening”  | The Crisis Magazine

“10 Questions with a local author who made it big.”  | The Daily Journal

“Terpischore’s Atrium with Kalisha Buckhanon”  | Morphemic Morphology

Highlights & Reviews

Authors Terry McMillan and Kalisha Buckhanon Inspire at Harlem Arts Salon | HarlemWorld

“Kalisha Buckhanon has no problem taking readers into the lives of those we often pass by.”  | Essence Magazine

 “Solemn captures the plight of a black girl who sees and knows too much too soon…”  | The Washington Post

“…top notch literary fiction…”  | Library Journal  

 “This standout novel is anchored by its vulnerable and brave heroine…”  | Publisher’s Weekly

“Buckhanon crafts a hypnotic tale, poetically conjuring the intricate workings of Solemn’s thoughts and ghostly visitations.”  | Kirkus

“…an emotional, expressive novel about family, obligation and community.”  Bookpage

 17 Best Fiction Books to Springboard Your Summer  | Bustle

 Summer’s Here: What Will You Be Reading?  | Asheville Citizen-Times

“Solemn” gives a voice to a troubled daughter.  | The Denver Post 

Deep South‘s 2016 Summer Reading List  | Deep South Magazine

“In this lyrical, haunting coming-of-age story, Solemn struggles to find identity and a way forward…”  | The University of Chicago Magazine

Summer Reading List  | New School Alumni

Terry McMillan: “Our stories are worth reading.”  | Black Life, Arts & Culture

 17 Books by Black Women You Need in Your Life This Spring  | Hello Beautiful

Chicago Book News  The Chicago Tribune

Terrific Books Coming in May  African-American Literature Book Club

Solemn is written in lyrically beautiful, poetic language…”  | RT Reviews


 OTHER INTERVIEWS & FEATURES

Favorite Villains: Kalisha on “Beauty and the Beast”  | The Chicago Tribune

“Write. Hard. Create with Kalisha Buckhanon”  | The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review

“Dating While Smart: Extra Hard For Black Women”  | The Root

“The Holistic Writer: An Interview With Kalisha Buckhanon”  | Mosaic Literary Magazine

“A Child in a Windstorm”  | Chicago Sun-Times

“A Nuanced Young Black Voice”  | Colorlines

“Three Writers to Watch”  Essence

“Introducing Kalisha Buckhanon”  The Guardian

“Promising New Author”  | JET

“Bookkeeping: Novel Drives Demand for Author”  | Media Bistro

Upstate of the Art: Teacher Pens Novel for Rap Generation”  | New York Daily News

“Inside Out With Kalisha Buckhanon”  Urban Reviews

Debut  | Sable Lit Mag

“Breaking Out”  | Black Issues Book Review

“Q & A with Kalisha Buckhanon”  | Black Beat

“Fresh Breezes”  | Black Issues Book Review

“The Well of Creativity”  | Black Issues Book Review

Community Profile: Chicago  Chicago Tribune


 NEWS & PRESS FOR UPSTATE

Highlights & Reviews

Upstate: Kalisha Buckhanon”  | Pretty Me Perspectives

“You can judge a book by its title.”  | The Weeklings & Salon

“Book clubs to judge ‘hidden gems’ award.”  | The Guardian

“Best Contemporary Epistoloary Novels”  | The Book Case: The Book Page Blog

“100 Epistolary Novels from the Past and Present”  | BookRiot

“Suitable Literature: Schools Walk the Line”  | Hartford Courant

The best first lines in YA  | Authorology

Great Summer Books for Black Girls  | My Brown Baby

“…a moving and uplifting story of hope in the face of adversity.”  | Publisher’s Weekly

 “An affecting first novel…”  People Magazine

Upstate captures the faithfulness and tenacity of young love.”  Entertainment Weekly

“…a rare audio find whose voices linger in the mind long after its final chapter.”  | Audiofile

Upstate, for all its sorrow, is a book worth reading.”  | Bookpage

‘Upstate’ a moving tale of young love  Chicago Tribune

“A moving work of art that can be appreciated by all readers.”  Reviewers Bookwatch

Review | Booklist 

“…a story well worth reading.”  | Black Issues Book Review


NEWS & PRESS FOR CONCEPTION

Highlights & Reviews

Best Adult Books for High School Students 2008  | School Library Journal 

 “Conception remains the work of a gifted young novelist…”  | The Washington Post

 “…balances a sorrowful lyricism with a bitter stocktaking”  | Publishers Weekly

 “…an emotional journey of self-discovery…”  Audiofile 

“A poignant, heart-wrenching novel…”  | Kirkus Reviews 

“transcends the usual tragic story of the unwed teen mother living in the big city.”  | Chicago Sun-Times

“A blistering reality check.”  | Ebony Magazine

“I’ll refrain from calling Kalisha Buckhanon ‘the next Toni Morrison.’ But it will be difficult. Very difficult.”  Fresh Fiction