Kevin M. Weeks' Biography




 
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KEVIN M. WEEKS
The FIRST
American Writer to receive
literary awards from both the
African-American Pavilion
at BookExpo

and the
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Bonnie Blue Society
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Bonnie Blue Society Award pin for perpetuating the memory
of the Confederate Soldier
in literary form.
African American Pavilion (AAP)
at BookExpo Urban Book Series Award

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Kevin M WeeksThis website documents the history and contributions of Kevin M. Weeks' literary works in the publishing industry. In the late 1960's, Kevin M. Weeks, the son of Anthony and Signe, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Weeks is best known as an African American author of a collection of urban crime fiction novels titled The Street Life Series®. In 2008, he founded a donor advised youth charity fund called the Stay Off the Streets Fund as part of the American Endowment Foundation. This fund aids teenagers who age out of foster care without a strong family support structure. 

For the debut young adult novel titled Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story as part of The Street Life Series Youth Edition, Kevin M. Weeks was awarded the prestigious Mom's Choice Award, a Bonnie Blue Society Award, and several book festival honorable mentions  

For The Street Life Series crime fiction series, Weeks was awarded an African American Pavilion at BookExpo America
 Urban Book Series Award, London Book Festival Award, New York Book Festival Award,  named YOUnity Guild of America Best New Breakout Author of the Year (disilgold.com) and numerous book festival honorable mentions.

 

  Literary Career

Kevin M. Weeks' literary career launched in September 2006 with the publication of the first novel in The Street Life Series®, which is self published under the imprint of Xlibris Corporation. There are currently three novels in the book series with the fourth scheduled for release in the Fall of 2011. In the Publishing Industry, his writings are categorized under the Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) subject codes of African American Mystery & Detective Fiction and Crime Fiction.  In 2006, Kevin Weeks established a goal to bridge the literary gap between urban fiction and crime fiction readers.  Therefore, he blends the best elements of urban fiction and crime fiction in order to appeal to both readerships.

The publishing industry is taking notice as well.  Three years later (2009), the
 Book Industry Study Group created two new Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) subject codes which are used to categorize books for sale:  (1) African American Mystery & Detective Fiction and (2) Crime Fiction.  This means that authors like Kevin M. Weeks can list novels under both the African American Mystery & Detective Fiction and Crime Fiction subject codes in order to more efficiently reach both readerships.

As it relates to Weeks’ writing style, Readers Paradise Book Club (Chicago , IL Western Subs) states that “Kevin M. Weeks is a very distinguished writer. . . . He makes you think while reading his books.  For instance, Weeks’ developed a villain named The Paradox in The Street Life Series.  There is not only fresh imagery in the book series, but also pieces of history and occasional political satire to keep the reader engaged.  In the third novel, Is It Rags or Riches?, Weeks’ summons the paradoxical quotes of George Orwell as a theatrical curtain to the plot in the story.

 


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The Street Life Series Youth Edition
Book Reviews


Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story
The Street Life Series Youth Edition 

by Kevin M. Weeks and Ann DeWitt

Reviewer: Peter M. Fitzpatrick, The US Review of Books



"In my humble opinion, I really believe the north don't want 
the cotton industry to spread farther West."


Entangled In Freedom by Ann DeWitt and Kevin M The year is 1862 and the above quote is spoken by an African American slave in Mableton, Georgia. Eli Whitney's cotton gin had indeed made the short grain cotton that grew in abundance throughout the South easily seeded and exported. Previously, only the long grain cotton of the southern coastlines was economically feasible to harvest. The expanded market made slave labor and cotton "king" from Georgia to Texas. So there is truth in the statement, but why would an African American slave say it? Indeed, why would African Americans even fight and die to defend the Confederacy? This book looks at one such "family" of slaves and their master. Complex issues of race, economics, and war are bravely brought into the light.

Ostensibly a Young Adult novel, this is engaging and illuminating enough for the general reader. History is an ongoing narrative and to hear the voices of black confederate soldiers as they interact with white ones rivets the attention. The sharp edges of class and race and roles allowable ring through the pages like the loud echoes of the same do today. African Americans wore the grey as well as the blue, here is a window onto their story. Self-interest, altruism, compulsion, even the struggle for respect: these are some of the motives slaves might have had to defend the institution that enslaved them. They are also American motivations, ones we all can taste. Taste them we do, in this grand, yet simple, story.





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The Street Life Series: Is it Rags or Riches?
by Kevin M. Weeks


Reviewer: Peter M. Fitzpatrick, The US Review of Books



"The street life and the corporate life aren't that different. 
There are just very opposing rules."
~Kevin M. Weeks



Add Is It Rags or Riches to your book collectionPicasso's famous dictum that art is a lie that tells the truth can also describe fiction writing. Such truths are not always easily discernible. The mystery and illusion in cubist and other masterpieces is essential to their power. Rags or Riches is also formed with fractured perspective and shifting identity. Essentially urban, the novel combines no less than three major metropolitan areas. Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Atlanta law enforcement must band together to wage literal war on a former special-forces operative lost in his own private world of cold-blooded murder and mayhem. Yet his vendetta is motivated by a skewed sense of justice. A detective who successfully solves crimes with six-sided dice and a villain who plots his destruction by treating the city of Atlanta like a chessboard are just some of the puzzles and games that make up this scenario of puppets and string-pullers.

Contradiction, ambiguity, and enigma permeate the narrative and characters. Twin sisters on opposite sides of the drug trade. Or are they? Two brothers, one doing hard time for ten years for a murder he didn't commit; the other a hard-bitten drug lord intent on dominating the drug trade in greater metropolitan Atlanta free man. Then there is Atlanta itself, where the story is set. Burned by Sherman in the Civil War because of its function as a munitions depot for the railroad system of the Confederacy, it is now one of the most multicultural cities in America, with one of the largest and wealthiest African American communities in the country. The author shows his love and admiration for the city while painting a gritty and realistic picture of the power of drugs and the pull of the street life. Possibilities of redemption and renewal emerge against an aggressive background of entrapment and menace. Plenty of action and plot twists make this third novel in the Street Life series a page-turner that is both ultra-modern and unique.


The Street Life Series: Is It Rags or Riches?
by Kevin M. Weeks

Reviewer: Sacramento Book Review
| San Francisco Book Review


Is it Rags or Riches? is the third in Weeks' Street Life Series. Here, Washington DC detective Hanae Troop goes to Georgia to chase clues about The Paradox, a serial killer suspected in a new death, yet there are questions about the death itself. In Georgia, Troop's counterpart is less than thankful for her help, even though there are some obvious similarities in local crimes. Confusing the issue is The Paradox's new victims, former members of the Strictly Business drug cartel, who have left to try and make a new lives for themselves. There are plenty of complications along the way, as Troop sorts through the differences between DC and Georgia.

Weeks tells a good urban thriller, with good dialog, characterizations and detailed scenes. His strength is in making boring police procedures not drag the story down, but be part of the action. Is it Rags or Riches? keeps the action going, and holds enough mystery to draw readers through the story. Troop is an engaging character, and her interactions with the various Georgian residents, including detective Paul Yeomans, give life to the Peach State. A good series for fans of thrillers or urban fiction.



The Street Life Series: Is It Rags or Riches?
by Kevin M. Weeks

Reviewer: Rollie Welch, Library Journal Book Reviewer
 Word on the Street (11/19/2009)


Library Journal LogoVerdict: 
Weeks’s combination of mystery and police procedural will draw in readers as he shows the cops’ point of view. The long list of characters and plot tangents may be confusing, but bloody executions and a wild, climatic shoot-out will hold interest. Think of CBS’s 48 Hours Mystery set to a street lit riff.
[
At the African American Pavilion at BookExpo 2009, Weeks’s books won the Urban Series of the Year Award.—Ed.]



The Street Life Series: Is It Rags or Riches? 
by Kevin M. Weeks

Reviewer: London Book Festival (2008)



Add Is It Passion or Revenge to your book collection

Move over, Donald Goines. There’s a new author in town and he’s going to challenge your legacy.

Kevin Weeks is the author behind “The Street Life Series,” a page-turning detective series that balances the life of the street with an upwardly-mobile world.

The second book of the series, “Is It Passion or Revenge?” details the exploits of a serial killer who is taking out some of the top male erotic dancers in the Washington, DC area.

The puzzle created by The Paradox must be solved by Detective Hanae Troop, the lead detective on his trail. As the story unfolds, multiple suspects emerge, all tracing back to a killing in suburban Philadelphia of a low-level drug dealer.

Enter Teco Jackson, a positive brother who enters this arena and quickly becomes a hit as Rising Sun, a striver who quickly becomes one of the hottest dancers in the Washington, DC area.

But Jackson has a past. His testimony put away a one-time member of his Philadelphia gang, and that may make him a target of The Paradox – or, perhaps, make him The Paradox himself.

Although the book ends with a cliffhanger, readers won’t be disappointed with this page-turning effort, which cleverly mixes some deep forensic knowledge with a studied knowledge of street slang. It’s a fresh voice and a page-turning style that’s sure to find a wide audience among lovers of pulp fiction.



The Street Life Series: Is It Passion or Revenge?
by Kevin M. Weeks

Reviewer: Rollie Welch, Library Journal Book Reviewer

 Word on the Street (Inaugural issue) 02/7/2008)



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Verdict:
"Weeks’s second entry in his self-published "Street Life" series (after Is It Suicide or Murder?) mixes gritty street-lit action with hints of a police procedural that will appeal to both urban fiction fans and readers of African American mysteries."



The Street Life Series: Is It Suicide or Murder?
by Kevin M Weeks

Reviewer:  Daniel Marcou, Librarian (StreetFiction.org)
September 4, 2007



Add Is It Suicide or Murder to your book collection
"Award-winning author Kevin Weeks has crafted a fast-paced action novel that steps back to the raw roots of street fiction. Teco, the book’s main character, matures from a small-time car thief to a major enforcer to. . . I don’t want to give away the story, but Teco does something that most street fiction characters don’t do - he finds redemption on his own terms!

Mr. Weeks has delicately balanced some of the most authentic street language ever written without ever using the N-word! Also, he includes a parental advisory at the beginning of the book - an interesting idea, but it might be more of a draw for teens than a discouragement. Regardless, it’s the first time I have ever seen it on a street fiction book.


Recently, I have been hearing a lot of criticism about the G Unit books, so if you enjoy old school street fiction full of action and a main character that you like even though he is a little full of himself, check out The Street Life Series: Is It Suicide or Murder?"



Literary Credits

Rice, Almah LaVon. "The Rise of Street Literature." Oakland, CA: Colorlines Magazine. 1 May 2008. 

Weeks, Kevin M. The Street Life Series: Is It Suicide or Murder?. USA: Xlibris. 2006.



---. "Restoration of Love." Atlanta, GA. 2008.

---. "The Anne Frank Center Prison Diary Program: Expedition out of the Concrete Jungle." New York, NY: Anne Frank USA.  2008.

Weeks, Kevin M. and Ann Dewitt. Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story ~ The Street Life Series Youth Edition. USA: Xlibris. 2010.



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Publishers Weekly Magazine's Front Cover Features A Young Adult Fiction Novel Titled Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story

African American Pavilion at BookExpo America 2009 Presents Award to Kevin M. Weeks

Starting in Atlanta, Georgia, the Stay Off the Streets Fund Grants Aid to Keep Teens Off the Streets During a Down Economy 

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

Author Kevin M. Weeks Omits the N Word in his Urban Fiction Novels 

Urban Fiction Potentially Impacted by the Controversy Centered On Hip Hop Language



Personal Life

Kevin M. Weeks is a full-time author and resides in Georgia. He is an avid reader; and his favorite book is the Merriam Websters Collegiate Dictionary. Also, Weeks is a passionate advocate for arts and entertainment which is incorporated in his writings. 

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"Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal 
towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive."

~Victor Hugo, a poet, visual artist, and human rights activist

 


 

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