For The second straight year DJ Gatsby Book Club presents their Urban Literary Awards. While we would have liked to have had an extravagant awards show at a location in New York City we opted to announce the “Award Winners” during the Official Launch Party For “The Talk Show with DJ Gatsby & Kitty Jones” at the 901 Restaurant & in Washington,DC.
*WINNER – BEST BOOK COVER DESIGN
SHAMEEK SPEIGHT – “THE PLEASURE OF PAIN 2”
Shameek A. Speight was born and raised in Brooklyn New York. His writing journey began as a way to escape the madness and mayhem that had become his life. He shares his true life experiences with his readers giving them a taste of his struggle. His stories are so profound that they will genuinely touch your heart and soul. Shameek A. Speight is the National Bestselling author of A Child of A CrackHead 1,2, and 3… The pleasure of pain 1 and 2 is the highest selling book on Amazon. more great novels by Shameek are The S.N. Killer and BORNBANGERS. To learn more about Shameek Novels, visit his Face Book page Shameek A Speight. and joining his reading group #TEAMTRUEGLORY. firstname.lastname@example.org..com
*WINNER – BEST NEW AUTHOR
MONICA MATHIS – STOWE “WHERE DID WE GO WRONG”
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was a teenager. Always an avid reader, I enjoyed how a well written story can take you on a mini vacation while providing hours of entertainment. I started reading novels to study the art of writing. I wanted the power and ability to make people feel and experience life through my words and stories. My novels describe the drama in relationships among families, lovers, friends, and colleagues. I like to take my readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions that will make them laugh, cry, gasp, think, and question people and their actions. My first novel, Where Did We Go Wrong? will be released April 2012. This won’t be the last you’ve heard from me. I have a lot of stories inside of me and I’m just getting started.
*WINNER – BEST FEMALE AUTHOR
WAHIDA CLARK – “PAYBACK AIN’T ENOUGH”
Wahida Clark was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. She decided to start writing fiction while incarcerated at a women’s federal camp in Lexington, KY. Her style is street, raw, and she has an imagination that’s in overdrive. When you read her novels they are so real you are convinced of one of three things: that you are inside the book, you know the characters, or you just have to meet them. Her novels include New York Times and Essence Magazine Bestsellers:Thugs And The Women Who Love Them, Every Thug Needs A Lady, Thug Matrimony, Thug Lovin’, Justify My Thug, Payback is A Mutha, Payback With Ya Life, Sleeping With the Enemy and What’s Really Hood.
Wahida now owns and operates the most popular and fastest growing urban independent publishing house in the industry: Wahida Clark Presents Publishing (www.wclarkpublishing.com) in East Orange, New Jersey.
*WINNER – BEST MALE AUTHOR
TREASURE BLUE – “LITTLE BAD GIRL 1 & 2”
Many have called Treasure E. Blue the reincarnated Donald Goines. This prolific author without doubt is one of the most shocking and controversial writers that we have seen in decades. Blue’s background is as almost as compelling as his mouth-dropping debut novel entitled “Harlem Girl Lost”. Using the streets as a means of survival, he soon found himself involved with some of Harlem’s most notorious elements. Retiring from the game at the tender age of sixteen, Blue, who dropped out of High School after being banned from the entire Board of Education system, in New York City, managed to become one of the youngest people to receive his G.E.D. in New York State. Joining the military at seventeen, he developed a voracious appetite for books going on to read well over 2000 novels. Blue is a father of 4 and won praise for his screenwriting skills. He is also an active member of the American Studies Association. Blue has an uncanny way of not only telling a story, he makes you feel it emotionally as well.
WINNER – BOOK OF THE YEAR
ASHLEY & JAQUAVIS – “THE CARTEL 4”
These two national best-selling authors hit the scene at the ripe age of 17 when New York Times Best-selling author, Carl Weber discovered them. During their freshman year in college they both received publishing deals and have not looked back since. With a smash hit novel The Cartel, they have solidified themselves as two of the best in their genre, together or apart. With a roster over 20 novels published and a hefty ghostwriting resume they have made a successful career for themselves.
They have appeared in publications such as Essence, Vibe, XXL, KING, and DON DIVA. Setting precedents the two have also struck a book deal with Baby and Slim of Cash Money Content.
It has truly been a great year for African-American Authors this year and DJ Gatsby Book Club would like to wish all of the nominees & winners much continued success in their writing careers.
Jeff “DJ Gatsby” Wilson
Founder DJ Gatsby Book Club
2011 DJGBC Urban Literary Awards Winners…
*Female Author Of The Year: KD Harris & Model Bubble For ‘Playground”
*Book Of The Year: K’wan For “Eviction Notice”
*Male Author Of The Year: Terry Wroten For ” Girl I Had Enough”
*Most Talks About Author: Envy Red For “Jaded”
*Best Book Cover Design: T Styles “Raunchy”