In 2001, Curtis Bunn crafted his first novel, "Baggage Check" and watched in amazement as it became a word-of-mouth national success. The audacious, moving and funny story of Greg, Larry and Julian blossomed into a must-read for women and book clubs who sought a genuine peak into the psyche of men. Significantly, men embraced the book as an accurate depiction of their mindset, motivations and resolutions.
Meeting with book clubs to discuss "Baggage Check" inspired him to create
the National Book Club Conference in 2003. It became such a strong coming
together of readers and authors that he was named to the "Power List" by
Black Issues Book Review Magazine. Now, it is the must-attend literary event
of the year.
"That Was Then This Is Now" is the much-anticipated followup to "Baggage Check" and it is another literary achievement, a virtual tour inside the minds of men.
Amid the realistic and engaging plots and subplots, you discover the motivations of the male characters as they contend with true-life relationship issues; their innermost thoughts about women and how to deal with them; and insightful male personality idiosyncrasies – vantage points that educate and entertain at once.
As you go on this riveting odyssey with Larry, Julian and Greg, you will laugh, you will cry and . . . you will learn. And you will definitely want more.
Just as with its predecessor, this sequel is written with deft prose and and honest, raw insight. It is a triumph that begs for another follow up entry.
Curtis also contributed the short story, "Home Alone" in the anthology, "After Hours: Black Men Writing On Erotica."
Curtis, who lives near Atlanta, has a son, Curt, and a daughter, Gwen (Bunny).
Old Man in the Club
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Series: Zane Presents
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Strebor Books (June 17, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
He’s the “old guy in the club” who everyone judges and scorns, but there’s so much more to his story…Travel into the mind and soul of a complex man on the road to redemption in this riveting, true-to-life novel.
Almost everyone who has been to a nightclub has seen him: the “old man in the club.” He’s the graying, balding loner looking totally out of place, like he could be everyone’s father. Or grandfather. And almost everyone’s wondering the same thing: Why is he in here?
In Curtis Bunn’s The Old Man in the Club, you learn why. Meet Elliott Thomas, sixty-one years old, and not afraid of spending a night among twenty-something strangers. But his motivation for hanging out in clubs isn’t his fear of growing old; it’s his desire to “catch up on what I have missed.” Life hasn’t been easy for Elliott, and now he’s on a journey to redemption. How he goes about it, however, gives some people pause. Some find him charming, some find him creepy. The women his age find him disgusting. His buddies marvel at his nerve. His children loathe his existence. But no matter who judges him, Elliott is set on reclaiming his youth—the way he wants to.
A page-turner that outlines the depth, complexities, and motivations of an intriguing character, this novel will surprise and touch you—and make sure you’ll never look at the “old man in the club” the same way again.
Truth is in the Wine: A Novel
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Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Strebor Books; Original edition (October 8, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
There are some secrets that are better left that way… In this gripping novel of twisted moral dilemmas, a man tries to save his troubled marriage by taking a trip to Napa Valley after secretly winning the lottery.
Paul Wall’s marriage is in trouble. In addition to losing his job, he loses all of his self-esteem, and soon his wife, Ginger, is as unhappy as he is. However, when Paul wins millions of dollars in the Georgia state lottery, he concocts a master plan to regain his wife’s love.
A passionate wine-drinker, Paul convinces Ginger to accompany him on a trip to romantic Napa Valley, but Paul keeps his winnings a secret; he wants to win her back on his own merits. Ginger insists her mom, a recent widow, travels with them. Paul then insists his mom, recently divorced, join them. This quartet of characters travels together to California and, with the influx of wine loosening their inhibitions, they end up revealing secrets better left untold.
Weekend: A Novel
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Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Strebor Books; Original edition (September 4, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1 inches
If you thought Las Vegas was where “what happens” stays, you have not been to homecoming at a historically black college or university, which means you have missed out. Until now, that is.
Curtis Bunn’s novel, Homecoming Weekend, provides readers a provocative, engrossing and humorous journey to an HBCU campus for those two days of reminiscing, partying, sex, romance, laughs and even tears.
There is nothing quite like homecoming. It is a combination of a massive family reunion and festival, a sentimental and reaffirming annual experience that is laced with rekindled romances from years gone by, weekend flings and surprising revelations. Bunn paints high-definition images of the events as he takes you on the odyssey of five sets of friends back at their alma mater seeking satisfaction in different fashions. And while they arrive anticipating one thing, they end up with realities that place them in moral and ethical dilemmas—and the resolutions are as satisfying as a warm embrace from a dear old friend.
Best of all, Bunn makes you feel like you are right there with the characters— or wish you were there.
A Cold Piece of Work offers the most rare insight: a contemporary man revealing the depths of his emotions, vulnerabilities and flaws. Essence No. 1 bestselling author Curtis Bunn boldly brings the reader on an unfettered, organic journey that lends honest, raw perspective and provides the how and why men act as they do in relationships. It is a compelling and revealing story that captures the soul of a troubled man, his weaknesses and his emotional growth in a way that enlightens, teaches and entertains.
Was Then This is Now
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Praise for "That Was Then This Is Now"
"A sexy, sophisticated romp through the lives and loves of today's contemporary black man. Told with style, humor and intelligence, Bunn's latest offering is destined to be the next buzz on the literary scene. Curtis, welcome back!"
-- Best-selling author Donna Hill: Wicked Ways
"A must-read book that commands your attention and moves you in a lot of ways. Most importantly, it takes you inside the hearts of men."
-- Best-selling author Travis Hunter: A Family Sin
"The hottest love, lust, suspense story in decades.”
-- Best-selling author Mary B. Morrison: Maneater
“A tragic, tender, tempting, coming-of-age story that takes the reader inside of the mind of a three-D man searching for the now, after the then. This is truly a golden tale.”
-- Best-selling author Pynk (aka Marissa Monteilh): Erotic City
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Hardcover: 310 pages
Publisher: Upstream Publications (December 1999)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
An entertaining novel about three men on a journey to find the right woman, says Ebony Magazine.
Provocative, passionate, invigorating and liberating, are how others describe Baggage Checkthe must read novel with the power to transform written by the must read author, Curtis Bunn.
Take three thirty-something, financially secure, handsome guys who have been lifelong friends and are used to having relationships on their termsin other words its their way or the highway a.k.a. take it or leave it.
As close friends, Julian Morgan, Greg Gibson, and Larry Thompson demonstrate honesty, trust, and unconditional support for each other. But strangely enough, they dont bring these same qualities to the table when dealing with women. The question becomes why? And the answer is because they need a Baggage Check.
Julian Morgan wants relationships that are convenient. Greg Gibson loves his business and money first and foremost. And Larry Thompson is Mr. Hit and Run. After a series of relationship mishaps, they do a Baggage Check on themselvesunfortunately later rather than sooner. They realize that they cannot be with Ms. Right if they continue to be Mr. Wrong and so the pursuit begins.
In the end, the fellas wind up on maturation highway and redemption road but thats only after a long and very bumpy journey. Bunn is your personal escort who takes you through their tragedy and triumph. His flip the script literary style reveals the serious side of funny and the funny side of serious.
In his debut novel, Curtis Bunn, who is an award-winning sports journalist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, has penned the first relationship novel that deals specifically with a factor that impacts on many relationshipsBaggage.
Hours: A Collection of Erotic Writing by Black Men
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Edited by Robert Fleming
Format: Paperback, 256pp.
Pub. Date: July 2002
Curtis Bunn is included in this anthology
"After Hours hits the ground running and maintains its level of excellence from cover to cover. It includes Charles Johnson's Cultural Relativity, which had a surprising and humorous ending; Odell by John A. Williams, one of my favorite authors of all time; Arthur Flowers' (Another Good Loving Blues) Once Upon A Time, a tale that unfolds like a whispered melody sung with the rhythm of a beating heart; Alexs D. Pate's The Rumor, a haunting and poignant tale which placed me in the middle of an organized chaotic mind; and Jervey Tervalon (Dead Above Ground) sent me over-the-top with Twisted." --Thumper, AALBC.com
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