Kalisha Buckhanon

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April 01, 1977

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Kalisha Buckhanon's novels are Speaking of Summer, Solemn, Conception and Upstate. She was born and raised in small town Illinois, and has three degrees in English Literature and Writing from University of Chicago and The New School in New York City. She and her work have been featured in Essence, The London Observer/Guardian, People, Entertainment Weekly, Marie Claire, Elle and many more.

Her New School M.F.A. thesis sparked a remarkable literary debut: Upstate is an American Library Association ALEX Award winner, Hurston/Wright Foundation Debut Fiction nominee, Terry McMillan Young Author Award winner, its audiobook won an Earphones Award and Audie Award in Literary Fiction with narrators Chadwick Boseman and Heather Simms, and it is publ
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Kalisha Buckhanon Hello, Thank you for checking in with my blog and I will keep you posted with a date for the new novel, which I think I'm retitling again :)... Happy…moreHello, Thank you for checking in with my blog and I will keep you posted with a date for the new novel, which I think I'm retitling again :)... Happy Holidays, Kalisha(less)
Kalisha Buckhanon Hello Alyssa, Thank you for reading Upstate and Conception. I am happy you enjoyed them. They are both complete in my eyes, though I have had ideas…moreHello Alyssa, Thank you for reading Upstate and Conception. I am happy you enjoyed them. They are both complete in my eyes, though I have had ideas for other stories those books' characters could be the perfect containers for. I once attempted to set the lovers of Upstate in a tale of present-day activists, but something else took over. I would love to write another epistolary novel if inspired to it again. It was a very emotional and strong experience with writing. Many blessings, Kalisha(less)
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Upstate

4.05 avg rating — 1,820 ratings — published 2004 — 16 editions
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Conception

3.63 avg rating — 408 ratings — published 2008 — 10 editions
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Solemn: A Novel

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Pick Me

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Speaking of Summer: A Novel

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Dear Cherished Readers,

I am so excited for all the tributes, reminders and dedications to important women in our American and world history. As with Black History Month, I am always grateful for the opportunity to celebrate people and things that matter to me, influenced me and shaped my path in life.

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“At least when somebody's suffocating, you can tell: you see their faces turn blue, their lips quiver, their eyes buck, and their throats jerk. But when a man is mentally packing his bags the suitcase is never out until he's already standing on the other side of the door.”
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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
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“Make up a story... For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul.”
Toni Morrison, The Nobel Lecture In Literature, 1993

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“We tell ourselves stories in order to live...We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the "ideas" with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.”
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