Wednesday, January 09, 2008

City Author on NJN

Plainfield's own literary success in the field of urban fiction, J.M. Benjamin, will be featured in an interview on NJN next week. Click here for details.

The author was previously the subject of two freelance articles by this writer in the Courier News and also a recent New York Times article by Kevin Coyne.

He has opened a book outlet inside Music N Motion at 204 East Front Street.

J.M. Benjamin has traveled nationwide to book signings and urban fiction conferences since bursting onto the scene with his first award-winning book, "Down in the Dirty." Most recently, he held a book-signing at the new outlet for his new work, "Ride or Die Chick."

Though controversial, the urban fiction genre is credited with engaging young non-readers with the written word. J.M. Benjamin's books depict the violent world of the drug trade, with many scenes set in Plainfield, and teach the lesson that bad guys ultimately do not win, but may suffer imprisonment or death in the pursuit of money and fame on the street.

--Bernice Paglia


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