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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW BOOK RELEASE – CORNER PRIDE -- DETAILS LIFE AS A
BLACK TEENAGER IN GANG-RIDDEN NORTH PHILLY, 1957
“Corner Pride is a novel 50 years in the making,” says Mairi Ross, publisher.
“We are incredibly proud to announce the release of Charles Shea LeMone’s compelling story of growing up on the
meanest gang-infested corner of North Philadelphia. We believe it is destined to be an American classic.”
Corner Pride is the story of two black teenagers
who dream of making it out of their violent and rapidly deteriorating neighborhood. Bear is on his way out through the boxing
ring and Curly dreams of becoming a writer.
to Ms. Ross, it has all the elements of a page-turner: Young boxer on the rise, crooked manager, gangs ruling the streets,
poignant love story, feisty mom standing up to the gangs, good families being forced out – and an ending you’ll never forget.
all the books and short stories I’ve written,” LeMone said recently, “this novel gives me the greatest sense
of satisfaction. It’s a story I’ve started and stopped dozens of times, wanting to get it right. I wrote
the first draft when I was twelve years old, trying to capture what had happened in my neighborhood in the summer of 1957.”
is the author of the highly acclaimed, popular mystery novel A Dance in the
Street, published by Avon Books, featuring a Rastafarian cab driver in Los Angeles. For that story, LeMone drew
from his own experiences driving a cab in the City of the Angels. He is also the author of several published poems, short
stories and romance novels.
For many years LeMone taught creative writing seminars through an association with the Watts
Towers Art Center. This opportunity took him into middle and high schools throughout the Los
Angeles Unified School District. Although he now lives a reclusive life on a remote mountaintop in the Blue
Ridge Mountains of Virginia, he dreams of one day opening an arts center in his old neighborhood near the corner of
Gratz and Oxford – the setting of Corner