AALBC.com eNewsletter - April 16th, 2002
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
THREE OF THE BEST AUTHORS OF THE 21st CENTURY
You've heard of Baldwin, Hughes and Hurston; some of the greatest American authors from the 20th century. The following three authors are poised to go down in history as the most talented authors of the 21st Century -- mark our words.
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EXPANDING LIST OF BOOKS SLATED FOR PUBLICATION 2002
There are many new books, by or about African-American, slated to be published in 2002. Some of these new books include:
On April 2, 2002, Warner Books published The Bondwomans's Narrative a work already being hailed as an historical literary landmark. Discovered by Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., it is the first known novel written by an African American woman who had been a slave.
The novel is told in the voice of Hannah Crafts and reveals first-hand knowledge of the intimacies shared between ladies� maids and their mistresses, the secrets they were entrusted with, and the cruel imposition of a master�s attention. Crafts relays the life of the slave as property without any rights, living in complete bondage and takes the reader back to a time when a black person�s worth was determined only by the monetary value they could be acquired for.
The novel first came to the attention of Gates in February of 2001 when he bid on an �Unpublished Original Manuscript� offered by Swann Galleries described as �a fictionalized biography�purporting to be the story, of the early life and escape of one Hannah Crafts, a mulatto, born in Virginia.�
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YOU KNOW BETTER BY TINA McELROY ANSA
am hoping that You Know Better will offer readers a safe place to talk
about our children. Whether or not you identify with Lily or Sandra or
LaShawndra or the men in the novel my hope for you my readers is that You
Know Better gives you a place to continue the mighty and important
discussion about our children."
�Tina McElroy Ansa
Over the course of one weekend these three disparate women, guided by the wisdom of three unexpected visitors -- the ghosts of Miss Moses, Nurse Joanna Bloom, and Miss Elizabeth Dryer -- will learn to face the pain of their lives and discover that with reconciliation comes the healing they all desperately seek. In this magical, deeply resonant novel, Tina McElroy Ansa goes straight to the heart of women's relationships to reveal the indestructible soul that bonds us all.
RECENT ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
AALBC.com publishes scores of articles, books reviews and author profiles each month. Below is sample of the most recently added content.
The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts, Henry Louis, Jr.
Gates (Editor) - Reviewed by Paige Turner
Married but Still Looking by Travis Hunter - Reviewed by Kim Rose
Bittersweet by Freddie Lee Johnson, lll - Reviewed by Thumper
Cosbyology: Essays and Observations from the Doctor of Comedy
by Bill Cosby - Reviewed by Akilah Monifa
A Death in Texas: A Story of Race, Murder, and a Small Town's
Struggle for Redemption
- Reviewed by Thumper
My Sisters' Voices by Iris Jacob - Reviewed by Linda Watkins
Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
by Jack Olsen - Reviewed by Thumper
Vanishing Rooms by Melvin Dixon
- Reviewed by Thumper
BLACK AMERICANS IN PUBLISHING
Black Americans in Publishing, Inc. is back. Actually, BAIP formerly Black Women in Publishing is brand new.
The twenty year old, not for profit organization formed to address the needs of people of color who are publishing and literary professionals or those needs of folks who are seeking entry level or advanced career opportunities in the industry has undergone a total facelift. Latasha Stewart, Specialty Wholesale Manager at HarperCollins Publishers is the new President and Danielle Cumbo, a manager in the International Sales Division of HarperCollins Publishers is the BAIP Vice President.
To date, BAIP activities have included a book party for Monique Greenwood, a panel discussion of "The Passion of the Black Man In Publishing," and the BAIP Literary Circle book club which meets in Harlem. Become part of the BAIP awakening and expansion. Men are welcome. Call (212) 772-5951 to find out more about upcoming activities and membership. Visit http://www.bwip.org for more information.
LITERARY EVENTS CALENDAR
Our literary events calendar allows visitors to learn about up coming African American literary and cultural events. Visitors may post information on 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 timing of the event and our work load).
Upcoming Events Include:
PEN American Center's upcoming Tribute to Langston Hughes - New York City
Cosponsored by The Academy of American Poets, The Schomburg Center, and QBR: The Black Book Review, the Hughes tribute will feature Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, New York Times writer Margo Jefferson, novelist Paule Marshall, poets Willie Perdomo and Sonia Sanchez, and the Hughes biographer and scholar Arnold Rampersad, who is also the event's curator. Music will be performed by Joshua Redman and Max Roach.
Tickets are $20 for the balcony and $25 for the orchestra. Student tickets are available and $5 cheaper. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the Town Hall box office.
MEMPHIS BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE
The Sixth Annual Memphis Black Writers Conference & SOUTHERN FILM FESTIVAL
April 18-20, 2002
Alice Randall "The Wind Done Gone"
Tina Andrews "The Sally Hemings Story..."; "Why Do Fools Fall In Love"
Fredrick & Patricia Mckissack (Children Authors)
St. Clair Bourne (Half-Past Autumn: Gordon Parks Documentary Filmmaker)
Arthur Flowers "Mojo Rising"
Tajuana "Tj" Butler "Hand-Me-Down Heartache"; "Sorority Sisters"
Sheree R.Thomas "Dark Matter"
Larita Shelby "The Nature Of A True Diva"; "Dictation"
Zane 'Addicted' ; 'Sex Chronicles'
James Clingman "Blackonomics$"
S. James Guitard 'Chocolate Thoughts'
And Many More!
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING GROUP
Monthly Book Chat Session May 1st, 2002
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading Dark Matter: The Anthology of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction by Black Writers edited by Sheree R. Thomas
This richly vibrant collection of stories and essays displays the brilliance of writers ranging from the early pioneers, such as Charles W. Chesnutt, W. E. B. DuBois, and George S. Schuyler, to Samuel R. Delany and Octavia E. Butler -- whose classic sf became the springboards for their fame -- to such renowned figures of the African American literary tradition as playwright-critic Amiri Baraka and satirist Ishmael Reed. Dark Matter also highlights a wide spectrum of talents who have garnered both genre and mainstream acclaim, including Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, Jewelle Gomez, Nalo Hopkinson, Walter Mosley, and Kalamu ya Salaam.
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AWARD WINNING BOOKShttp://authors.aalbc.com/aleliabundles.htm
On Her Own Ground was named a 2002 BCALA Honor Book, a 2001 New York Times Notable Book and the 2001 Letitia Woods Brown Book Prize winner for the Best Book on Black Women's History by the Association of Black Women Historians. It has become a favorite of women's book clubs and was one of the Go On Girl! Book Club selections for 2001. It is being taught in high schools, colleges and even in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility's college course for women prisoners.
Elizabeth Nunez will receive the Go On Girl! Author of the Year Award at the annual awards weekend of the Go On Girl! Book Club in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, June 1, 2002. Elizabeth Nunez is being honored for her novel Bruised Hibiscus which was published in late 2000. Bruised Hibiscus won an American Book Award in 2001.
The Go On Girl Book Club is the country's largest reading group for African-American women. It has more than 400 members in 36 chapters located in NY; NJ; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle, WA; Chicago, IL; VA; MD; Indiana and Georgia. Past recipients of the Go On Girl Award include Gloria Naylor, Octavia Butler, Pearl Cleage, Benilde Little, Valerie Wilson Wesley and Bernice McFaddden. Lifetime achievement honorees have included Sonia Sanchez, Paule Marshall, Gwendolyn Brooks and Dorothy West.
HARLEM BOOK FAIR VENDOR APPLICATION
The Harlem Book Fair will take place on July 19th and 20th. Hosted by QBR The Black Book Review, the national review periodical, TALA (The Africana Literature Archives), and the Community Board 10 Arts and Culture Committee; The 2002 Harlem Book Fair promises to be the largest and best yet. Any one wishing to host a table or booth to sell books or promote their work at this event should fill out and return the application linked here http://aalbc.com/events/HBF02VendorApplication.pdf
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