AALBC.com eNewsletter, April 1, 2001
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AALBC'S MARCH 2001 BESTSELLERS
Poetry is represented strongly on this month's bestsellers list. In addition two books by the increasingly popular poet Saul Stacey Willaims; five of March's top ten books are books of poetry including:
Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga by
Songs of love and urban tragedy from one of the preeminent African-American writers of our time. Shange's poems express the need to be felt and heard, to be necessary. In this love space, we all wear our desires, t-cells, and hearts on our sleeves and experience all that comes with wanting to get hold of life, or someone to love.
Selected Poems by
Paul Laurence Dunbar
A rich amalgam of lyrics encompassing patriotism, a celebration rural life and homey pleasures, anger at the inequalities accorded his race, and faith in ultimate justice, this collection affords readers an excellent opportunity to enjoy the disti9nctive voice and poetic technique of one of the most beloved and widely read African-American poets.
|Check out the rest of March 2001's bestsellers at http://www.aalbc.com/books/mar2001.htm|
THUMPER GIVES TWO BOOKS RAVE REVIEWS
Story by David Anthony Durham
"Right now I�m scanning my slightly used memory attempting to determine the last time a debut novel moved me as much as Gabriel�s Story, the debut novel by David Anthony Durham. I�m coming up with blanks. I�m quite confident in stating that I�ve read the best book of the year. I can�t heap enough words of praise upon Gabriel�s Story to do it justice, but I�ll try. Gabriel�s Story is haunting in it�s beauty..." Read the rest of Thumper's review at http://www.aalbc.com/books/gabrielstory.htm
Guys and Trouble
"The novel is tight. The timing, plotting, the overall flow couldn't have been better. The characters are well defined. Major juggled five balls in the air, with Bunches being the touchstone for the other four, all of the characters interesting and entertaining. Major does an excellent job of balancing the five distinct personalities and their storylines. Frankly, I was full and satisfied." Read the rest of Thumper's review at http://www.aalbc.com/books/4guysand.htm
GOSPEL OF GOOD SUCCESS: A ROAD MAP TO SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL, AND FINANCIAL
by Kirbyjon H. Caldwell
Twenty years ago, Kirbyjon H. Caldwell was a fast-track bond broker with an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. But he turned away from a six-figure income to answer the call of his Divine purpose. With the explosive power that comes from combining prayer with action, Caldwell transformed a struggling twenty-five-member congregation into a lean, mean Kingdom-building machine. The Windsor Village United Methodist Church now has more than 11,000 members and 120 ministries for everything from job placement and financial planning to weight loss and alcohol rehabilitation.
The Gospel of Good Success is a two-time AALBC bestseller. Visit http://www.aalbc.com/books/the2.htm to learn more about this amazing book.
BROTHERS - MOVIE REVIEW BY MICHAEL DEQUINA
"With its basic premise of L.A.-based group of African-American male friends bonding in the wake one of their members� impending nuptials, Gary Hardwick�s The Brothers has been quickly dismissed as a rip of The Wood, Rick Famuyiwa�s sleeper of a couple of summers ago. But if the two films are all that similar in any way (and, for the record, they really aren�t), it�s in their laid-back style and warm heart." Read the rest of Dequina's review at http://www.aalbc.com/reviews/the1.htm
WALTER DEAN MYERS - A GREAT AUTHOR FOR OUR YOUTH
Walter Dean Myers has written many highly acclaimed books for children and young adults, including Angel to Angel, Glorious Angels, Brown Angels, and the Newbery Honor book, Scorpions. He received the Coretta Scott King Award for Now is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom, and the 1994 Margaret E. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award given by the American Library Association. He lives in Jersey City, NJ.
Mr. Myers tells us; "I am a product of Harlem and of the values, color, toughness, and caring that I found there as a child. I learned my flat jump shot in the church basement and got my first kiss during recess at Bible school. I played the endless street games kids played in the pre-television days and paid enough attention to candy and junk food to dutifully alarm my mother." Read more about Mr. Myers at http://aalbc.com/authors/walter1.htm
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING GROUP
Next Monthly Book Chat Session April 4th
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is
currently reading dem by William Melvin Kelly. Our chat session is
scheduled for Wednesday, April 4th, 2001, 9:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you
have already read dem, and would like to participate in our on-line chat
session; please join us in our new chat room
"Bill Kelly is a terrific writer." -John A. Williams
LITERARY EVENTS CALENDAR
Our events calendar allows visitors to learn about up coming African American literary and cultural events. Visitors may even post their own events and include a link back to their web site. If you don't have a web site AALBC.com can build one for you, for a nominal fee (often for free depending on the event and our schedule).
Upcoming events include:
2nd Annual African American
Saturday, April 7,2001 at the Nyumburu Cultural Center on the University of Maryland College Park
This year's conference will include panel discussions, book readings, poetry readings, book signings and more. This year we will have panels focusing on various genres including, but not limited to, fiction, non-fiction, romance, mystery, self-help, inspirational, financial empowerment, self-publishing (ins and outs), legal issues of the publishing industry and more.
The 10th Annual
Etheridge Knight Festival of the Arts
April 20th thru Sunday, April 22nd, 2001, Indianapolis, IN
Featured Artist: Kalamu ya Salaam, from New Orleans, along with other national and local artists. Youth Poetry Contest, Open Mike Open Stage, Caribbean Night, Po-Rap-Try Concert and Youth & Adult Workshops.
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