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A NOVEL (PAPERBACK)
In the summer of 1985, the Winston clan – Virginia and Robert and their children Sonny and Cassius – move from the Southside of St. Louis to the city’s Northside and take up space on a street famously known as James Cool. The family’s resolve is tested immediately after Virginia befriends a neighborhood tough-guy; Robert gives in to the traps of success; and the two boys are targeted by the posse of thugs that terrorizes the street.
A NOVEL (KINDLE EDITION)
"Toriano Porter hit one out of the park with James Cool . . . and takes the reader on a journey through the experiences of everyday life" - Amy Brown, youth counselor
THE PRIDE OF PARK AVENUE
Combining cool, reflective narrative, free-flowing prose and authentic character dialogue, The Pride of Park Avenue is a collection of emotionally charged personal essays about life, loss and pain, character-driven flash fiction passages of love and betrayal, action-helmed coming of age short stories centered on the pursuit of the American Dream, painstaking, tragedy-filled poetry and insanely written gonzo blog entries that form one of the more daring works of the last quarter century.
THE PRIDE OF PARK AVENUE
"Much like a war correspondent, Porter escorts the reader into a world otherwise forbidden and largely unknown by Middle Class Americans. His use of authentic street language, vivid characterization and compelling plots is reminiscent of James Baldwin and Langston Hughes. Porter's work is indeed remarkable - a credible update on today's Street Corner USA - and a welcome contribution to 21st century American literature." - Rhiannon Ross, American writer and journalist
THE PLAIN UGLY TRUTH (PAPERBACK)
COMING CLEAN IN 2018
"What I write are not sins; I write tragedies."
Live Cool, my friends, Live Cool.
"WHAT I WRITE ARE NOT SINS; I WRITE TRAGEDIES." - AUTHOR DOUGLAS COUPLAND
Born and raised in south St. Louis by a pair of high school dropouts, Toriano Porter discovered a love for reading and writing at an early age. Feeling left out of the loop by his more advanced-reading middle school classmates, Toriano developed a daily habit of reading whatever he could get his hands on. Now, more than 30 years later, Toriano is an author, journalist, and speaker. He has cultivated his love for the written word into a profession filled with passion to help others.