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EDUCATOR & AUTHOR TODD CRAIG LAUNCHES
THE 2nd EDITION OF HIS DEBUT NOVEL TOR’CHA
FEATURING A COMPLETE INTERACTIVE CD-ROM

New York, NY (December 2, 2009)Blacker Inkwells and Swank Books are pleased to announce the release of the 2nd edition of the novel tor’cha. After selling out of it’s first edition, Educator and Author Todd Craig will celebrate the 2nd edition release with a launch party on Wednesday, December 9th to be held at APT, 419 West 13th Street starting at 10pm with DJ Rich Medina and special guest DJ Mr.Len.

tor’cha, a ten-chapter novel is a coming of age story of three African-American brothers growing up in the inner-city. Each chapter is based on one of the Ten Commandments, while drawing its morals from Supreme Mathematics, an Islamic concept originated from the Nation of Gods and Earths. In each chapter one of the three brothers is faced with the choice of breaking one of the Ten Commandments (before, during or after), and Craig illuminates the tension and often “torturous” throws of each situation.

Originally released in 2008, the novel came with an original soundtrack. Now, the newly released 2nd edition of tor’cha will feature a complete interactive CD-ROM which contains: the original soundtrack, the novel score, “ain’t I iLL” – the eM street album, the tor’cha mixtape v1.5, “anticipation” – the e-graphic novel adaptation and the “tor’cha flipbook” – a digital photo mixography.

The release of the 2nd edition of tor’cha coincides with the re-launch of website www.blackerinkwells.com and the release of the free internet mixtape download of tor’cha version 2.0: “we back and you mad about it!?!” – mixed by DJ Phillee Blunt of Illvibe Collective and hosted by Reef The Lost Cauze and Todd Craig. As well, special guest DJ Mr.Len will be in attendance for the celebration with a guest spot alongside Rich Medina. The “tor’cha 2nd edition” release party will be in conjunction with Rich Medina’s birthday party. As a DJ and producer, Rich has been resident DJ of “Little Ricky’s Rib Shack” for almost a decade. Both Mr.Len and Rich Medina appear on the tor’cha CD-ROM.

We invite you to visit Author Todd Craig at APT. Guests who arrive between 10pm-11pm will receive free admission and a limited edition physical copy of the “tor’cha: version 2.0” mixtape. Copies of the 2nd edition of tor’cha (with Interactive CD-ROM) will be available for purchase at a discounted price in honor of the festivities. There will be special guest appearances from Gold and Platinum recording artists from the soundtrack, mixtape, novel score and street album.

About the Author

Todd Craig is a native of Queens, New York – a product of the Ravenswood and Queensbridge Housing projects. In his youth, he left Queens for New England in hopes of a better education and life. As alumni of the scholarship program A Better Chance, Inc., Todd attended Saint Georges School in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon graduation, he attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Todd is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in English at St. John’s University.

For more information on Todd Craig, please check out www.blackerinkwells.com. To book an interview, please contact Michelle A. Pascal at 212-234-1995 or press@blackerinkwells.com.


For Immediate Release
Contact: Jan Ramjerdi | 347-706-9051
15 January 2008

tor’cha, DEBUT NOVEL BY TODD CRAIG, HITS BOOKSHELVES — MOBB DEEP GET ON BOARD FOR ACCOMPANYING SOUNDTRACK

“Todd Craig’s writing can hold more weight than the mighty 59th St. Bridge during rush hour. He is a combo of Zora Neale Hurston and Bonz Malone. A classic New York slice of pizza, hold the swine .”

Bobbito Garcia (author, DJ)

New York, NY January 15, 2008- Swank Books will release tor’cha, the debut novel by New York native Todd Craig, this February.

The ten-chapter novel is a coming of age story of three African-American brothers growing up in the inner-city. Each chapter is based on one of the Ten Commandments, while drawing its moral from Supreme Mathematics, an Islamic concept originated from the Nation of Gods and Earths.

In each chapter one of the three brothers is faced with the choice of breaking one of the Ten Commandments (before, during or after), and Craig illuminates the tension and often “torturous” throws of each situation. Craig seamlessly interweaves these seemingly disparate philosophies as his characters – Emil (eM), a stick-up kid turned musician; Damon, an incarcerated felon turned Muslim as Abdullah Zahir; and Christian, the one brother who has made it out of the street-life via education – navigate urban America.

The story unfolds in a cinematic sequence that engages readers and propels them to reposition this literary jigsaw puzzle. Narrated by an insider, readers are engaged by three iconic young black males tempted and tested again and again in their struggle to be moral men in a corrupt world.
With tor’cha, Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, explains that,

“Todd Craig takes readers deep into the darkness in order to show us the light. Written in a street-smart style, this book should be required reading for anyone taken in by the glamorization of the gangsta culture.”

As if this engaging literary text were not enough, tor’cha comes complete with a free soundtrack. A collection of songs written for and dedicated to the book combined with songs heavily aligned with the mood and feel of the novel, the soundtrack includes songs by artists Mobb Deep, Big Noyd, G3, Big Twins, Chinky, Stamma Ramma, Truck North, Kice of Course, Mental Case, Un Pachino, Nyce and various others. The soundtrack also highlights production from Havoc, Mr. Len, Bear-One, 100 Miles, Sid Roams, Sean Strange and DSMOOTH.

Todd Craig, a graduate of Williams College and Harvard University, currently teaches English Composition at Queensborough Community College (City University of New York) and is completing his Doctor of Arts in English at St. Johns University. He DJs often in Philadelphia and New York and has even found time to drop a verse on the soundtrack. tor’cha is his first novel.

Read about THE BUZZ about the book!


ADDITIONAL PRESS:See Todd Craig on CUNY-TV interview about the documentary “Queensbridge: The Other Side” | Click to see video (40:53 time index for interview segment)

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