AALBC.com eNewsletter - May 13th, 2004
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the Harlem Book Fair Volunteer Army!
It's time again for the Harlem Book Fair. The fair will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2004 from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. on 135th Street between 5th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Boulevard. Join thousands of avid readers, celebrity authors, publishing professionals and booklovers just like you in causing and supporting this historic celebration of books and culture! Click here for Volunteer information... http://www.qbr.com/hbf2004/hbfvolunteer2004.htm
AALBC.com BEST-SELLER LISTS - APRIL 2004
#1 - The Darkest Child: A Novel by
#1 - The MIS-Education of the Negro by
Carter Godwin Woodson
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RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS & ARTICLES
Billion Dollar Bet: Robert Johnson and the inside Story of Black
"Pulley�s journalistic thoroughness is impeccable. He shies away from
nothing while juxtaposing a backdrop of sex, scandal, and gossip on one of
the most inspirational stories of our time. Robert set out to do what had
not been done at the age of thirty-three. Now a few decades later he sits
near the top of the heap in the media industry." �Reviewed by Rondall
Logic by Olympia Vernon
"Logic is proof that literature, real literature, is capable of stirring the soul and stimulating the mind. From its first page to the last period, the power Logic generated was immediate and constant. Vernon is beyond being a promise fulfilled, but one that has been surpassed. I can not praise Logic enough. Easily, Logic is one of the best books of the year." �Reviewed by Thumper
Cry Me a River by Ernest Hill
said it before, and most likely, I will say it again, but there is no drama
like family drama. With Ernest Hill's Cry Me a River, I got exactly that...a
dysfunctional family that came totally undone. Cry Me a River is multi
dimensional journey of a father rebuilding a bond with his son and
redemption wrapped inside a murder mystery. The novel is marvelous, simply
marvelous. If I could have, I would have sucked this novel through a straw,
burped, and with satisfaction written all over my being, exclaimed, now THAT
was good!" �Reviewed by Thumper
One Foot in Love by Bil Wright
Wright, author of Sunday You Learn to Box, has returned with his wonderful
sophomoric effort, One Foot in Love. I loved Wright's debut novel and was
anxious to read his new one. A novel of love, heartbreak, and living life to
its fullest, One Foot in Love, which features a few of the characters I read
in one of Wright's short story, is a creamy smooth mature novel that I could
not help but to get caught up in. I loved it."
�Reviewed by Thumper
When I last spoke with Philly writer Brenda Thomas, author of Threesome: Where Seduction, Power and Basketball Collide, she discussed her experience as a self-published author who had been discovered by a major New York publisher, Simon & Schuster. Now, nearly one year later, she discusses her current projects, and shares her thrilling experience of being sought after by the media.
�It has been a media blitz!� Thomas says excitedly. One can surmise that her sudden exposure in the limelight could be attributed to diligent marketing, a clever storyline, and impeccable luck in timing. Threesome is the tale of Sasha Borianni, an attractive, thirty-something executive secretary who, among other things, is caught in the middle of the exciting, sexually charged underground of professional basketball.
Thomas says that the day news broke regarding Kobe Bryant�s alleged sexual assault charges, she received a call the following morning from a Dateline producer to come to New York to be interviewed for their show. Dateline learned of Thomas and her book through the Internet.
AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Nichelle D. Tramble is the author of the critically acclaimed The Dying Ground, a launch title for Random House�s Strivers Row imprint. Her work has appeared in Modern Short Story, Santa Clara Review, Styles Magazine, Dysonna, the Oakland Post, Fade In Magazine and on the entertainment website chickclick.com.
Roland S. Jefferson is a graduate of USC and has a medical degree from Howard University. He has written numerous scientific articles for both academic journals and the lay press. The publication of DAMAGED GOODS in March, 2003 will mark his fourth outing as a novelist. His first novel, the critically acclaimed 1976 political thriller The School On 103rd Street has been published three times in the U.S. and just recently was published in Germany.
Relentless Aaron completed Push and his series of 30 titles, while himself incarcerated. A former entertainment industry media personality, (he produced the New York based SuperStar USA TV Show, published The SuperStar Magazine, and ran one of New York�s hottest adult entertainment clubs) Relentless found himself caught up in a real life episode involving an elaborate crime spree. The subsequent years he spent in prison, he dedicated to turning his life around.
Gwendolyn R. Morris
Gwendolyn R. Morris is a romantic of �old world� proportions. She also knows that African-American women can be strong, but feminine at the same time, contrary to most media depictions. Thus were the beginning concepts for her romance stories. Gwen has also written 6 children�s books and currently resides in the �Garden State� of New Jersey with her family.
Minds Online Magazine
"The goal of the Emerging Minds Online Magazine is to serve as an information resource on solutions to education, economic, and social issues that plague many lower income, impoverished communities. It is also the goal of this magazine to unite and motivate individuals to implement and provide solutions to these issues. Thus, it is our mission to serve as a venue for individual expression as long as the articles and submissions promote positive thought and progressive action. In addition, it is the mission of Emerging Minds Online to present a wide range of opinions and perspectives on issues even if they are not shared by the Emerging Minds organization. Finally, it is not the mission of this magazine to promote segregation, anti-American, nor racist doctrines of thought but to support the notion that individuals must take responsibility for uplifting themselves, their families and their communities."
Professional Publishing Course
A handful of motivated publishing professionals will have their careers transformed this summer and will go on to change the industry. Care to join them? Stanford University's unique Professional Publishing Course immerses mid-career professionals in publishing trends, strategies, and best practices. One alumnus called it "the single most intensive course in publishing that I have ever attended." July 16-24. Apply: http://publishingcourses.stanford.edu
"Avid-readers.com is a non-profit organization that displays all genres of books written by or about African-Americans at no charge. Our financial support comes through our associates program with Amazon.com. However, we strongly support the black/independent bookstore. We plan on doing everything to make this web site a success, but it starts with you, the avid reader. Please book mark our web site and visit frequently. Support the novels we feature and by all means tell everyone you know to visit, avid-readers.com"
Divine Order: God First, Family Second, Career Third by
Tina R. Newsome
The projects, food stamps and roaches symbolized where Tya Michaels came from but she refused to allow it to determine where she was going.
In The Divine Order, Tya Michaels rises to success, from the bottom rung of society. She becomes a highly successful attorney, attains fortune and riches and even has a good husband at her side, to share it all with. Ironically, at the moment in which Tya seems to have gained the whole world, her world comes crashing down as her husband files for divorce. A confused Tya can�t understand why until divine intervention reveals that she has forgotten about the divine order, which is: God First, Family Second, Career Third. Tya is forced to suffer the painful consequences resulting from such disobedience. In the process, she learns what it truly means to gain the whole world and lose your soul.
for Your Life: The African-American Criminal Justice Survival Guide by John
Fighting for Your Life: The African-American Criminal Justice Survival Guide is the nation�s only book specifically written for African-Americans about how to survive the long arm of the law.
For all African-Americans, this national best-seller is your wake-up call to fight for and to save your life and the lives of the next generation of African-Americans! Your choices can save our children from a life of misery � or death. READ THIS BOOK!
Fighting for Your Life is The Book that Every African-American Household Should Have. This Comprehensive Guide will Show You How the Criminal Justice System Affects Men, Women and Children who are Born Black in America and will Teach You How to Make the Right Choices to Help You Survive on Your Journey through Life.
Fighting for Your Life Will Teach You How to: Choose the Best Attorney to Help You Win Your Personal Fight for Justice; Understand Your Rights and Know What to Do if You Are Arrested; Survive if You Get Caught up in the Criminal Justice System; Check Your Appearance and Conduct in Court to Get the Best Possible Outcome; Know Everything You Need to Know About Bail, Juries and Jail.
Fighting for Your Life Covers Topics, Such as: Cooperating with the Government aka Snitching; How Drugs & Alcohol can Lead to a Life of Crime; The Controversy Over Capital Punishment Police Misconduct (before, during and after your arrest); Domestic Violence � Advice for Victims. (Includes a Resource Section of Very Important Contacts).
Americans In Publishing, the Borough of Manhattan Community College and the
Association of American Publishers Host Careers in Publishing Fair and
Black Americans In Publishing, Inc. in conjunction with the Borough of Manhattan Community College Writing and Literature Degree Program; the Center for Career Development and the Association of American Publishers, Inc. will hold its 2004 Book and Magazine Publishing Career Fair on Saturday, May 15th from 10am to 6pm. The fair is free for BMCC students with ID; $5.00 for other students with ID, and $10.00 for the general public. This event will be held on the campus of BMCC located at 199 Chambers St. New York (please use Greenwich St. entrance).
This will be a great day of networking and gaining information about careers and internships in publishing. Meet authors, editors, human resource representatives, agents, publicists, and more. Join radio host Jeff Gardere, acclaimed author and syndicated columnist, Harriette Cole; author and HarperCollins editor; Regina Brooks, President, Serendipity Literary Agency; Jaira Placide; Stacey Barney, Amistad, HarperCollins; Trust Graham, Nubian Heritage bookseller; Marcia Cole, Executive Editor of Suede Magazine; industry insider Earl Cox; author/illustrator, Javaka Steptoe; Angela Dodson, Editor in Chief of Black Issues Book Review; Nathasha Brooks-Harris, Associate Editor of Black Confessions magazine; Brook Stephenson, Quarterly Book Review; and still much more!!
Beginning at 10am, there will be panel discussions by writers sharing
perspectives on publishing; a panel on Pen to Shelf: A Publishing Overview; and
a panel on Getting Started: Building Careers in Publishing. Get important tips
and gain that essential competitive edge. Get prepared for success at this not
to be missed event. For more information call 212-220-8171 or email:
Harlem Book Fair 2004 - Harlem, NY - Tuesday, July 20 - Sunday, July 25,
It�s time for the 6th Harlem Book Fair! This, the largest African American
book fair of its kind, is expected to draw more than 40,000 New Yorkers and
visitors to West 135th Street (from Fifth Avenue to Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
Boulevards) in Harlem. Over 250 booths will be set up along West 135th
Street offering books, story-telling, readings, and opportunities to meet
and greet authors on four stages that will feature spoken word poets,
celebrities, and music throughout the day. Visit
http://www.qbr.com/hbf2004/hbf04mainpage.htm for program details.
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
May 2004 Selection
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading The Cotillion: or, One Good Bull Is Half the Herd by John Oliver Killens
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, May 9th, 2004 at 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time . If you have already read The Cotillion and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our chat room http://www.thumperscorner.com/chat/
Visit 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 2004
May's contests have been posted. No one has won April's prizes yet!
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