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News & Press for Speaking of Summer


O Magazine, Mystery Scene, Library Journal, Booklist (starred review), Shelf Awareness, Chicago Defender,

New City, Paperback Paris, Kirkus, Write or Die Tribe, Behind the Mic, Audiofile


Black women gone missing: Kalisha Buckhanon’s ‘Speaking of Summer’ explores the devastating impact | Chicago Tribune

“I Came to Chicago to Work” | Chicago Review of Books

Changing the Conversation about Trauma, Heritage

and What It Means To Be a Black Woman in America Today | Write or Die Tribe

Justice for All: New Mysteries & Thrillers 2019 | Publisher’s Weekly


Kalisha Buckhanon releases Speaking of Summer | Black PRWire

Crime from Sea to Shining Sea | Sisters in Crime at Book Club Central

Thriller Quest at Day of Dialog 2019 | Library Journal


Memory and Modernity: A PEN Out Loud Reading List | PEN America

Best New Books | The Booklist Reader

7 new books not to miss… | Chicago Sun-Times

5 Books Not to Miss… | USA Today

4 New Books That’ll Heat Up Your Summer | O Magazine

Best New Books to Read in July | Time Magazine

Most Anticipated Books of 2019 | LitHub, The Millions, Ms. Magazine, The Grio, AALBC,

BookRiot, LitHub, Book Riot’s “Read or Dead” Podcast (starts at 00:26)

Best Books of July 2019 | in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Ms.,

Chicago Review of Books, Fast Company, Refinery29, Crimereads, Washington Post, Real Simple

Best of the Summer | in Essence, New York Post, BBC, USA Today, TIME Magazine, O Magazine,

Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Fine Line Magazine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Domino, Herald Standard, The National, The Brooklyn Rail,

Bustle, Minneapolis Star Tribune, CrimeReads, BookBub, BookRiot, Identity Mag, American Writers Museum, Hypebae, Watertown, The Skimm

News & Press for Solemn

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 Reviews

“…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

6 Black Books for Readers of All Ages | Code Black Report


“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

News & Press for Conception & Upstate


Literature for Justice: Stories of Incarceration | Literary Hub Book Marks

5 Important Books Bearing Witness to America’s Carceral State | Literary Hub

5 Books About Mass Incarceration to Read, According To The National Book Foundation  |  Bustle

" of the most nuanced and intimate reflections of all the ways different intersecting identities can be affected by reproductive injustice."  |  Bitch Media

50 Books by Women of Color  |  Bitch Media

“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

Great Summer Books for Black Girls  | My Brown Baby

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

 Story Time | Chicago Magazine

“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


Q & A with Kalisha Buckhanon  | Black Beat 

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

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

The best first lines in YA  | Authorology

Upstate: Kalisha Buckhanon”  | Pretty Me Perspectives

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

Other Interviews & Features

Southern Voice: Race in Place  |  Deep South Magazine

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

“Q & A with Kalisha Buckhanon”  | Black Beat

Community Profile: Chicago  | Chicago Tribune