Zane Read Alikes

Zane is one of the more popular Urban Fiction writers in the jail (some classify Zane’s work specially as Urban Erotica). One of the patrons told me she was a “smooth writer” – with an added wink to make sure his code for hot and heavy scenes was clear enough for me to get the hint.

A friend showed me that Urbana Free Public Library has a new read-alike poster – If you like Zane… here are even more books of smoldering intensity. These read alikes will be helpful when Zane flies off the shelf at the jail library and while working on a collection development project for the jail libraries. More on that later project later.

At the National Book Festival in Houston, TX, the following video of Walter Mosley was recorded. Watch out Zane (!) because Mosley says the following about his 2010 book Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel:

My book makes Zane look like Nancy Drew. Zane is pretty soft compared to the sex I start talking about.

I guess we need to explore Zane more, because I didn’t know that there was a television show based off of her work called Sex ChroniclesMore on Zane later!

“Behind Those Books” Documentary on Urban Fiction

I’m super excited for the documentary Behind Those Books to be released. Until then, here is an extended trailer. Through this clip one can see the different views surrounding Urban Fiction and authors, such as Zane, speak.

Here is a little of what the film is about from their website:

“‘Behind Those Books’ reflects the harsh and unpleasant realities of inner-cities across the United States and sheds light on the rationale for these stories to be told. The viewer is taken on a journey that tackles social issues that have been brought to the forefront as a result of this art form. The urban and hip-hop cultures have discussed this topic but it has never been given the attention that it deserves on such a grand scale until now. […] Behind Those Books is a documentary that is guaranteed to change the perception of some and challenge how others feel about tales of street life in the inner-cities.”

behind those books

“I am a abandoned child. My mother was a whore. And the things I saw through these eyes, no child should have had to witness or experience. So am I wrong for writing about my life that I saw?” —Treasure E. Blue
author of Harlem Girl Lost