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Paula  L. Woods is the author of the acclaimed Charlotte Justice mystery series, including the forthcoming SMILING FACESDIRTY LAUNDRY (2003), the third novel in the Charlotte Justice  series, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was named a Best Mystery of 2003 by The Seattle Times and South Florida Sun Sentinel. STORMY  WEATHER (2001), the second in the series, was named  one of the Best Books of 2001 by the Los Angeles Times  and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. INNER  CITY BLUES (1999), the first Charlotte Justice mystery,  was on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list for  three weeks and was also named by the newspaper as one of  the Best Books of 1999. INNER CITY BLUES received the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery, was named Best  First Novel by the Black Caucus of the American Library  Association, and was nominated for the Edgar and Anthony  awards for best first mystery novel.
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Paula is also the editor of the critically acclaimed anthology  SPOOKS,  SPIES, AND PRIVATE EYES: BLACK MYSTERY, CRIME, AND SUSPENSE  FICTION OF THE 20TH CENTURY (1995), which was nominated  for an Anthony Award, Macavity Award, and received a special  award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.  She and Felix H. Liddell are also the authors/editors of  the best-selling  I, TOO SING AMERICA: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK OF DAYS  (1992), as well as MERRY  CHRISTMAS, BABY: A CHRISTMAS AND KWANZAA TREASURY (1996),  and I  HEAR A SYMPHONY: AFRICAN AMERICANS CELEBRATE LOVE (1994),  the latter of which won Fiction Honors from the Black Caucus  of the American Library Association and the PEN Oakland  Josephine Miles Award for Multicultural Literature. A member  of the National Book Critics Circle, she reviews  books regularly for the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Paula is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She has also served as an Edgar judge, on the Author Committee of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and speaker at the festival.
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A native of Los Angeles, Paula's lifelong love of books has resulted in the growth of her personal library to over 1,000 volumes.

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