AALBC.com eNewsletter - April 13th, 2003
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
Scott King Award Winning Books
The Coretta Scott King (CSK) Awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to honor African-American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults.
Looking for a good children's book? You can't go wrong selecting one of the CSK Award winning books. Check out the 2003 CSK Author Award winning book Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes. While you are there, view the rest of the award winning books for 2003, as well as all the award winning books going back to 1969 (the year of the CSK Award's inception).
"When you have a passion for love this big, bold, and beautiful,
From four fabulous bestselling authors come four stories of women with a plus-size joy for life who find the best of everything in the most unexpected places.
Man's Poker: No Guts No Glory...Bid Your Hand and Tell Story!
by Cheryl Dooley-Ponton
It isn't only that Cheryl Dooley-Ponton has a talent for Bid Whist humor, but an ear for unadulterated vernacular associated with the game ― and with life. Her interest in her characters is reflected especially in Coco, the character upon whom Cheryl based Po' Man's Poker. Although the novel is fictional, Coco is real to Cheryl because she is the mother. As Cheryl says: "there would be no Po' Man's Poker if there were no woman named Beverly Dooley playing Bid Whist in her real life." Cheryl lives in a south suburb of Chicago with her husband and son where she spends her spare time reading and writing. Po' Man's Poker is her first published novel
The characters that readers loved in Riding Through Shadows are at it again! Mother and Ma Dear, Tony Taylor, and others are back to make readers laugh and cry. Readers of this sequel will find troubling mysteries resolved: Does Sheri exist outside of Shirley Ferris' imagination? What was in Shirley's letter and who was it from? This story, told through the life of a grieving single parent, shows how we can recover from past failures and find our way to sustained love and joy.
for Sale: The Diary of an EX-Colored Man
by Anthony Asadullah Samad
"Between Black television shows and white-owned and
controlled urban formatted radio that have little regard for Black cultural
dignity and ethnic sensitivity, Blacks are projected to the whole world as
gangstas, hoochies, fools and buffoons. The entertainment culture is only
interested in making money, no matter what price Black dignity has to pay. This
return to Amos n' Andy type mimickery has Blacks looking 'real crazy'... and
there is no shortage of black faces willing to play the fool for, what they
call, entertainment's sake.
The manifestation of 'commoditized filth' as scholar Maulana Karenga calls it, what the indusry calls music, everybody else calls madness. A filth glorified for the riches it brings our youth, while making them social outcasts. The renewed hostility towards Blacks, framing of Black youth as maniacal and dangerously hostile, can be attributed to this genre' of rap music."
―excerpt from Souls for Sale
by Randolph W. Cameron
Since the hardcover publication of The Minority Executives' Handbook in 1989, corporate downsizing and other social and economic trends have brought on dramatic changes in the job market. Black, Hispanic, and Asian women and men are more visible than ever on the corporate ladder, yet they find that it takes more than talent and ambition to climb to the top. This step-by-step guide � now in paperback � tells you what you need to know to not only survive, but to thrive in today's job market.
RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS & ARTICLES
AALBC.com publishes scores of articles, books reviews and author profiles each month. Below is sample of the most recently added content.
Chat with Marcus Major - Transcript
Marcus Major, the author A Man Most Worthy, 4 Guys and Trouble and Good Peoples has proven himself a master of lively, fast-moving, sensual stories about modern relationships. Check out what he has to say.
with Tracey Price-Thompson - Transcript
Ms. Price-Thompson�s writing credits also include; Chocolate Sangria and Black Coffee. Authors JDaniels, Zane, Kola Boof, Gloria Mallette and Earl Sewell also participated in this Chat Session with Tracy.
the Black-Eyed Pea - Poems and not Quite Poems
by Nikki Giovanni reviewed by Linda Watkins
"Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea is pure, simple reading with
a little something to tickle everyone's fancy. Though some of the poems in this
extraordinary collection are sad, and deeply spiritual, the majority are
relatively upbeat, punchy and even a little erotic. The excitement Giovanni
displays In rebuking Bush and Gore makes you wanna' holler..."
LITERARY EVENTS CALENDAR
Our events calendar allows visitors to learn about up coming African American literary 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; simply fill out the form on our web site at http://www.aalbc.com/events/
Here are just a couple of the events planned around the country in the next few weeks:
The Second Annual African American Family Book Fair and Market Expo -
April 26 & 27 2003, Nashville, TN
Alkebu Lan Images bookstore and PINRIH are pleased to announce the African American Family Book Fair and Market Expo. The Family Book Fair is presented by PNRIH, a newly formed group of book lovers to expose Nashville to the works of well-known African American authors as well as local authors who have set out to become household names. The Family Book Fair will be held on April 26 and 27 at the Northwest Family YMCA. The book fair will be held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Visit http://alkebulanimages.homestead.com for more information.
The Seventh Annual Memphis Black Writers Conference & Southern Film
April 24-26, 2003 The Seventh Annual Memphis Black Writers Conference & Southern Film Festival http://lawrence.wayne.tripod.com/vipmemphis/id19.html/ Hosted By: Peabody Place - Muvico Theaters - Zanzibar Willis Gallery - Best Western Benchmark Marriott Hotel (downtown)- Isaac Hayes Music-Food-Passion POB 18472 Memphis, TN 38181 901-795-7309 office/ 901-795-7040 fax email@example.com
The Harlem Book Fair Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary - Save The Dates!
Harlem Book Fair
Sunday July 13 - Saturday, July 19, 2003
The Wheatley Book Awards: Friday, July 18
Street Fair: Saturday, July 19, 2003
This year's Harlem Book Fair begins on Sunday, July 13th with Real Men Write, a very special Sunday brunch hosted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, featuring the sexiest writers in print.
The Annual Book Fair will take place Saturday, July 19, 2003. This, the largest book fair of its kind, is expected to draw more than 15,000 New Yorkers and visitors to West 135th Street (between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevards in Harlem, New York), from 12 PM to 6 PM. Over 150 booths will be set up along West 135th Street, offering books, story-telling, readings, and opportunities to meet and greet authors on two stages that will feature spoken word poets, celebrities, and music throughout the day.
If you are interested in exhibiting, please download the Exhibitor Application found under the Exhibitor Information link and mail as soon as possible to QBR. If you are unable to download the application, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will add you to our exhibitor mailing list.
RELATED WEB SITES WORTH CHECKING OUT
Triple Crown Publications
An imprint dedicated strictly to Hip-Hop literature
Triple Crown Publications (TCP) was started in 2001, with the publication of,
TCP's founder, Vickie Stringer�s debut novel,
Be The Reason. Other titles from TCP include;
Careful by Shannon Homes,
by K Wan,
Hustler's Wife by Nikki Turner, and the new anthology The GAME edited by
Joylynn M. Jossel
Looking for a network of Black Book Reviews on the latest books by, for, or about African Americans? Well, The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers are proud to showcase their new spot on the web, so stop through and check them out. They feature self-published, mainstream, as well as small press authors. They've published over 600 reviews in the last two years. You'll find book reviews on fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more.
Afro Mama is a website for and about black mothers. Their goal is to bring you a content rich site and zine with helpful articles, essays, interviews and other information that lends support in the raising of black children.
The African Book Store, formally Ujamaa Books, has been serving the community
since 1992. It is their mission to please and inform with knowledge and
courtesy. Their stock include books for adults, children and the innocent.
Check out their volumes on classical African civilizations and the full range of
the African Caribbean and African American experiences. They also carry a
wide variety of merchandise from Africa and the Caribbean.
A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
DARK DREAMS: A Collection of Horror and Suspense from African American
Edited by Brandon Massey
Brandon Masseyy is editing an anthology of horror/suspense stories by African
American writers, entitled DARK DREAMS. The book will be published by Kensington
in late 2004/early 2005.
Tananarive Due and Zane are
among the confirmed contributors.
Visit www.brandonmassey.com/darkdreams.htm for full description of submission guidelines.
Chicken Soup for the African American Soul
Lisa Nichols (co-author) and Eve Hogan (editor)
Nichols and Hogan are in the final stages of collecting short, true,
inspirational stories for the upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the African
American Soul (Feb. 2004). Story submission guidelines can be found on
They are planning to collect stories through April (and into May if we haven't
yet collected 101 really GREAT stories that make the readers laugh, cry or get
goosebumps. Additional Chicken Soup for the African American Soul
books are anticipated so send them your story even if you miss this deadline.
If you would like to receive project updates, be a volunteer or get advance book
release announcements, please email
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
May 2003 Selection
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading Grace by Elizabeth Nunez
"Extremely deserving of its
title, this gorgeous, meditative book is a graceful rendering of one couple's
journeys and explorations toward and away from each other. A moving love story,
it shows us how a deferred dream can erode a marriage and how grace can
sometimes put us to the test, even as it redeems."
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, May 11th, 2003 at 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you have already read Grace, and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our chat room http://www.thumperscorner.com/chat/
http://thumperscorner.com/Reading_List.htm to view the rest of
The Coffee Will Make You Black on-line reading
group's reading list for 2003
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