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News & Press for Speaking of Summer

Highlights & Reviews

The Best Books to Read for Summer | The Fine Line Magazine

The Ultimate Summer Books Preview | LitHub

Thriller Quest at Day of Dialog 2019 | Library Journal

9 mysteries and thrillers to give you an adrenaline rush this summer | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

There’s something for everyone in this summer reading list… | Herald Standard

20 of the Season’s Hottest New Books | USA Today

19 Unmissable Books to Read This Summer | The National

29 Summer Books To Get Excited About | Buzzfeed

The 16 Best Mysteries Coming This Summer | BookBub

LitHub’s Most Anticipated Books of Summer | LitHub

Ten Books From Small Presses You Should Read This Summer | The Brooklyn Rail

40 New Thrillers Out This Summer | Bustle

32 Books You Need to Read This Summer | TIME Magazine

50 New Books Of Summer 2019 To Read By The Pool, In The Park, And On The Beach | Bustle

45 Books to Keep You Reading All Summer Long | Minneapolis Star Tribune

25 Best Beach Reads of the Year so Far | O Magazine

10 Books We’re Dying To Toss Into Our Summer Totes | Essence

The 25 best beach reads of 2019 | New York Post

The Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer | LitHub’s CrimeReads 

2019 Reads for the Rest of Us | Ms. Magazine

2019 Mystery/Thriller Recs | Book Riot’s “Read or Dead” Podcast (start at 00:26)

2019 Black Women Authors | The Grio

104 Books of Interest to Readers of Black Literature Coming Out Soon | AALBC


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

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

“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