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Hilarious New Novel From Award-winning Playwright David Lamb

David Lamb

What’s worth fighting for the heart or the wallet?

Platanos Y Collard GreensFrom the Creator of Platanos Y Collard Greens, David Lamb’s Amazing New Novel About the Price of Fame

David Lamb is a New York Times celebrated playwright. Lamb has been hailed by the Amsterdam News as “naturally funny and brilliant,” and his work has enchanted theater audiences across the country for more than ten years. He is praised for reviving Black off-Broadway theater. Now David is unleashing his new novel that, just like his plays, is guaranteed to make readers laugh, think, and cheer for the power of love.

On Top Of The World (Until The Bell Chimes)
Winner Pacific Book Awards as 2016’s Best Fiction

On Top of The WorldWhat’s a girl to do when the nerdy guy she fell for in college becomes music’s biggest superstar and biggest jerk? Give him a second chance or walk away and start over?

Get ready for a fast and fun spin on Dickens that combines laughs and love in a story re-imagined for our digital age. This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you’ve come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is a native son of Harlem and music’s biggest star, with one hundred million albums sold and twenty-five million fanatical Twitter followers known as Scroojites. Belle, is a legal shark whose flawless chocolate complexion and stunning figure causes traffic accidents as she stylishly zips through the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Together, with his best friends Marley (the hyper-talented music producer) and Cratchit (the hottest comic in the country) they rise to the top. Belle becomes the brains behind the scenes and Scrooje becomes the sexy superstar, until he betrays Belle’s most intimate trust and she leaves him.

Then at Hollywood’s biggest event, Scrooje will take the journey of a lifetime to heal his feelings of being unworthy of love, find a way to melt the ice that’s turned his heart cold, and hope for a chance to make things right.

But will Belle even give him the time of day?

Written by award-winning playwright David Lamb, creator of the hit stage-play Platanos Y Collard Greens, On Top Of The World will leave you laughing out loud and cheering for these two lovers to get together.

On Top Of The World (Until the Bell Chimes) published by Woolly Mammoth, Octo‌ber 2‌0, 20‌16

“Dynamic novel about the price of fame packed with so many laughs and so much heart I couldn’t put it down!” —Talib Kweli

“Highly Entertaining! Incredibly fun!” —RT Book Reviews

“Perfectly combines humor and romance in a satire about race, class and celebrity worship that readers will love!” —Hollywood Book Reviews

“Fun and Entertaining story of fighting for love against all odds.” —Essence, best-selling author Nancey Flowers

The Cartel series is back…and more deadly than ever.

Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman

Ashley & JaQuavis are New York Times bestselling authors of over 30 novels. They are the youngest Black writers to ever debut on the prestigious New York Times list. The duo is responsible for breathing life back into Black fiction and was recognized by Ebony Magazine when they made the POWER 100 list in 2012. The duo has also signed their first movie deal for their bestselling novel, The Cartel.

The Cartel 6: The DemiseThe Cartel 6

Las Vegas. A city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. The Cartel’s plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, The Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle. Will the Cartel prevail…or fall victim to the city’s black cloud? And if there’s one rule in the town of Vegas, it’s that when the dust settles, there can only be one winner.

The Cartel 6: The Demise published by St. Martin’s Griffin, July 26, 2016

“An excellent, exciting read for newcomers, longtime Cartel followers, and all urban-lit fans.” —Booklist

Celebrating the Best in Black Literature (May 31, 2016 Newsletter)

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Summer will heat up with some great new titles. Walter Mosley is back with his latest installment in the Easy Rawlins series, Charcoal Joe. Can you believe it has been 25 years since the first book in the series, Devil In A Blue Dress, was published?

We are also excited by the first novel, The Reactive, from Masande Ntshanga who is the winner of the 2013 PEN International New Voices Award, as well as a Finalist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing.

Bobby Brown, with help from acclaimed author Nick Chiles, reveals intimate details of his marriage to Whitney Houston, speaks about losing his daughter Bobbi Kristina, and shares insights into his amazing career in his new memoir,Every Little Step: My Story.

Also look out for new books from other Bestselling authors including Kimberla Lawson Roby (A Sinful Calling) and Timothy George (The Dagger). To discover these and other great soon to be released books, visit our Books Coming Soon section. Bestselling Books

The publishing company founded by authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, Brown Girls Books, dominated our bestsellers list this period, claiming the top three fiction positions. Our #1 fiction bestseller, The Ex Chronicles is an anthology where 20 writers share relationship stories. At #2 we have The Perfect Find by Tia Williams and completing the trifecta is Dirt by Teffanie Thompson.

Congratulations to Brown Girls Books and all of the bestselling authors. Check out our full list bestselling titles for fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s literature.

Beyond Phillis Wheatley — Important Firsts In Black Literature

Phillis Wheatley Most readers know Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. Did you also know that George Moses Horton (ca. 1797-1883), was the only man to publish volumes of poetry while in bondage and the first African American to publish any book in the South? Were your familiar with Solomon Plaatje who was born October 9, 1876, and was the author of Mhudi which was published in 1930; making it the first novel by a black South Africa?

Jupiter Hammon, who was born on October 17, 1711, was perhaps the first Black person to be published, in 1761 before the United States was even formed.

The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain

Langston Hughes“One of the most promising of the young Negro poets said to me once, “I want to be a poet—not a Negro poet,” meaning, I believe, “I want to write like a white poet;” meaning subconsciously, “I would like to be a white poet;” meaning behind that, “I would like to be white.” And I was sorry the young man said that, for no great poet has ever been afraid of being himself. And I doubted then that, with his desire to run away spiritually from his race, this boy would ever be a great poet. But this is the mountain standing in the way of any true Negro art in America—this urge within the race toward whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into the mold of American standardization, and to be as little Negro and as much American as possible.“—Langston Hughes, Originally published in The Nation magazine, June 23, 1926

This ninety-year-old article could be been written yesterday; read it in its entirety.

The 2016 Black Pack Party: A Wonderful Celebration!A collage of the 2016 Black Pack party in Chicago

The 2016 Black Pack Party was a really wonderful celebration. Read my thoughts about the event. If you were able to join us in Chicago, please share your thoughts and photos in the article’s comments section.

Events Coming in June

BAM Anniversary

Summer is the busiest period for book festivals. In June the Go On Girl! Book Club will host their 25th Annual Awards Weekend. The international literary festival Calabash will kick off in Jamaica; Chris Abani, Paul Beatty, Teju Cole, Nicole Dennis-Benn, jessica Care moore, Marlon James and many other authors will be featured. The Sacramento Black Book Fair will celebrate their third year. And that is just the first week!

Also consider checking out the, AAMBC Literary Awards and the combined celebration honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Black Arts Movement and the 20th Anniversary of Cave Canem (pictured above). Learn more about these events and all the others coming in June and the rest of the year.

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As always, thanks for reading!

Peace & Love,
Troy Johnson

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