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Paper-Chase Publications: Offering the Ultimate in Urban Literature

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There is nothing more powerful and more impactful than a good, old-fashioned story. Whether it might be based on reality or a complete work of fiction, a good story can leave a mark on those reading it. Literature is so important in society because it holds many different powers: it can inspire, teach, and even influence its readers.

Throughout history, many works of literature, like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Homer’s The Odyssey, and even the Bible, have helped shape how society thinks. Stories are also powerful because they are a way for people to communicate their reality and allow people to know who they are. They give us a new look into a world that is beyond our own and can even help us connect better with others. Paper-Chase Publications does exactly this by offering its readers a look into the realities of street life through its various offerings.

Paper-Chase Publications is a unique startup publishing company based in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that offers books “aimed at the intelligent urban reader who desires more than the typical urban literature.” They provide their readers the “Ultimate in Urban Literature,” offering titles like “Hood Politics,” “Illegal Life: A North Philly Story,” and “The Prodigal Son,” which takes a look into the realities of life in the streets.

Instead of glorifying the street lifestyle like traditional urban entertainment, Paper-Chase Publications aims to entertain and educate their readers by providing content that sheds light on the harsh realities of urban life. Their offerings are available in traditional paperback format, as well as in electronic formats for Kindle, iBooks, and Nook, with a planned e-book release through their mobile app that will come out in 2021. Paper-Chase also offers branded merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank-tops, tote bags, and more.

Paper-Chase Publications is the brainchild of author and owner J. Cerrone Smith. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, J. Cerrone spent time as a youth residing in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, the Southside of Chicago, Illinois, and Harlem, New York City. Growing up, he was exposed to the streets early and lived a turbulent adolescent life. While he was able to get stable employment in the corporate world, he turned back to the streets to provide for his wife and son, which lead to him spending time in jail and on house arrest.

After time in jail, J. Cerrone Smith decided to turn his life around and started writing “Illegal Life: A North Philly Story,” which became the debut release for Paper-Chase Publications. These experiences also led J. Cerrone to rewrite “The Prodigal Son: Book One,” which he first wrote when he was 19. 

Paper-Chase Publications aspires to welcome its readers into the true world of the urban lifestyle. They provide stories which highlight what it is truly like to be out of the streets, with content straight out of the lives of the people who have lived to tell the tale.

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