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The Street Life Series Compared to the American Guide Series from the Depression Era

Contact: Kevin M. Weeks, 888-795-4274

ATLANTA, Nov. 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- "We like the direction The Street Life Series is going," states Tony Rose, Co-Founder of The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America (BEA) and CEO of Amber Communications Group. Mr. Rose's comments take place during the planning stages for the 6th Annual African American Pavilion at BEA, a venue which is critically acclaimed for showcasing African American literature to the world. Kevin M. Weeks pens The Street Life Series, a collection of urban crime fiction novels which chronicle main character Teco Jackson's journey as Teco emerges from "the streets" as a positive male figure.

Amongst readers, The Street Life Series is likened to the American Guide Series, which originated during the Great Depression era as part of the Federal Writers' Project between 1935 and 1943. Each American Guide Series book characterizes the culture, geography and history of 48 states to include Washington, D.C. Here is how the two series are being compared.

First and foremost, similar to Weeks' book cover design, each volume of the American Guide Series features works of art for a particular location and point in history. As an example, Weeks book cover artwork depicts the setting of each story. Unintentional by Weeks, some readers suggest that The Street Life Series' January 2008 published book cover was prophetic throughout an historic election year.

Second, the non-fiction American Guide Series was published in the Depression era, while the crime fiction Street Life Series gains popularity during current 21st Century economic woes. However, unlike the American Guide Series' federally funded project, The Street Life Series' supporters are private citizens. In addition, The Street Life Series' book proceeds benefit the Stay Off The Streets Fund, a youth charitable fund as part of the American Endowment Foundation.

Third, The American Guide Series captured various cultures and reached a broad audience, which is also a goal for The Street Life Series. In February 2008, Weeks sophomore novel, Is it Passion or Revenge?, was featured in the first Library Journal column named "The Word on the Street." Book Reviewer Rollie Welch states, "Weeks' second entry . . . will appeal to both urban fiction fans and readers of African American mysteries." Now readers are asking, "When will Teco Jackson be in my town?" New York Book Festival Award-Winning Author, Kevin M. Weeks states that each novel will highlight a major city from around the globe.

The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America is the marketplace for over 37,000 BEA attendees to meet with thousands of African American industry professionals, influential exhibitors and book buyers in order to form a community of unprecedented strength. BookExpo America 2009 is held at Jacob Javits Convention Center, May 28 - May 31, 2009, New York, New York. For more information, visit bookexpoamerica.com or visit amberbooks.com.

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