National Conference of African American Librarians

Authors and Publishers: Exhibit at the National Conference of African American Librarians


The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) invites authors, publishers, vendors, educational and not-for-profit organizations, and businesses to exhibit during the 9th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL). This bi-annual conference will be held August 4-8, 2015, in St. Louis, MO at the Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch.

The 9th National Conference of African American Librarians offers participating exhibitors an opportunity to meet decision makers from libraries from across the country. More than 500 attendees representing a variety of public and private libraries, including the New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, Hampton University, Chicago Public Library, St. Louis Public Library, and others will be in attendance.

Authors and publishers, this is an opportunity to get your books into libraries across the country. This is a selling event.

Save 25% on the Regular Exhibitor’s Rate

Get 25% of rateContact BCALA President, Kelvin Watson (, tell him you learned about the conference from, you and you’ll save 25% on the regular exhibitor rate!

For over 40 years the BCALA have been advocates for promoting and improving library services to diverse populations and communities of color, and providing leadership for the recruitment and development of African American education and information professionals. Your participation will also help the BCALA’s legacy of championing diversity and inclusion within libraries.

Conference Call for Proposals Extended

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is also seeking proposals for innovative projects and programs. The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Friday, February 6, 2015. The committee welcomes proposals from everyone; membership in BCALA is not required. Visit the BCALA to learn more.

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Power List of Best-Selling African-American Books – Fall 2014


Strong Sales Shown Among Hardcover Non-Fiction Titles in Fall Edition of the Power List of Best-Selling African-American Books

December 8, 2014
New York, NY
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Hardcover non-fiction titles released in the quarter ending September 2014 demonstrated strong sales among African-American readers, according to the compilers of the Power List of best-selling books written or read by African Americans. What I Know for Sure, the new release by media mogul Oprah Winfrey, topped that section of the Power List, and sales of the book were likely bolstered by the announcement of her eight-city, “The Life You Want” fall tour.

In second place among hardcover non-fiction titles was The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs. Although Hobbs is not African American, he was Peace’s college roommate and good friend, and deftly tells the story from the perspective of someone who thought he knew Peace well, but really did not.

Potential Republican presidential candidate and neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, released a new book which placed third. One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future provides Carson with a conversation piece for potential GOP primary voters as well as members of the media.

Among the best-selling titles is Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker, which was in ninth place in hardcover non-fiction. The recent avalanche of accusations that Cosby sexually abused several women he encountered during his years in the television industry will either bolster sales, or have a chilling effect on them in the coming weeks.

Walter Mosley’s book, Debbie Doesn’t Do It Anymore, was first place in hardcover fiction on the Power List. Leading the pack among paperback fiction books was Americanah by Nigeria-native Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J. J. Smith was number one in paperback non-fiction for the second quarter in a row, having topped that section of the Power List’s summer 2014 edition.

Also notable about the Fall 2014 list was the inclusion of several titles in paperback non-fiction that have ranked in the Power List’s top 10 books for the past eight consecutive calendar quarters. Those titles are:

The Power List is compiled by collecting data from online book sellers, random samples on relevant Facebook pages, and a quarterly survey of 1,200 African-American book clubs. The list is usually released on the fourth Monday in the month following each calendar quarter (the fall 2014 edition was delayed), and is a joint project of and

The Fall 2014 lists may be viewed at the Power List web site: Updates are included on the Power List Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, contact either of the individuals listed above.


MahoganyBooks is offering a 20% discount on Power List Bestsellers.

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My mission is to celebrate books written by or about people of African Descent. The two year old Power List is the only national bestsellers list that recognizes the most popular books in this category.

There has not been a single novel written by a Black novelist on the New York Times bestsellers list in at least six months. When Black authors are recognized in the main stream media, as in the case of the recent National Book Awards, their accomplishments can be easily ignored in favor of coverage a watermelon joke.

The time, energy and money devoted to maintaining the Power List is donated by and However in order to continue to raise the profile of this list, we need your support.

Readers, if you believe in our mission of celebrating books like the ones you find on the Power List, you can help by purchasing these books through our bookseller, MahoganyBooks. You can also share this list with other readers. Publishers and authors, we encourage you to share this list, with your readers and fans, as well. Content providers you are free to copy this list, provided you display a link to

We will launch a new site in time for our Winter 2015 list, which will make sharing The Power List on your website easier than ever.

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36 African-American Nominees for National Book Awards


The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.  Since 1996, independent panels of five writers have chosen the National Book Award winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.

This year’s panelists include; Sharon Draper, who chairs the Young People’s Literature panel of judges; and Ruth Simmons, the first Black president of Brown University, who serves as a Nonfiction judge.

Since 2001 there have been 35 African-American nominees for National Book Awards. is very proud to recognize these authors as they, along was so many others not recognized here, represent the best of American literature.

Fred Moten, The Feel Trio (Poetry) – Finalist
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Poetry) – Finalist
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist

Troy’s Note: I’ll go on record and predict a win for Woodson. UPDATE: Woodson did go on to win the award!

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird (Fiction) – Winner
Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke (Poetry) – Finalist
Roger Bonair-Agard, Bury My Clothes (Poetry) – Longlist
Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (Young People’s Literature) Longlist

Check out’s coverage of the 2013 National Book Awards

Junot Diaz, This is How You Lose Her (Fiction) – Finalist
Tim Seibles, Fast Animal (Poetry) – Finalist

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Fiction) – Winner
Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Nonfiction) – Finalist
Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (Poetry) – Winner
Yusef Kamunyakaa, The Chameleon Counch (Poetry) – Finalist

On Nikky Finney’s acceptance speech for the Poetry Award, John Litgow said, “That was the best acceptance speech for anything I’ve ever heard in my life.” I would agree.

Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Poetry) – Winner
Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist
Rita Williams Garcia, One Crazy Summer (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist

Carl Phillips, Speak Low (Poetry) – Finalist
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Open Interval (Poetry) – Finalist
Rita Williams-Garcia, Jump (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist

Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses on Monticello (Nonfiction) – Winner
Patricia Smith, Blood Dazzler (Poetry) – Finalist

Edwidge Danicat, Brother, I’m Dying (Nonfiction) – Finalist
M. Sindy Felin, Touching Snow (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist


Nathaniel Mackey, Splay Anthem (Poetry) – Winner

Walter Dean Myers, Autobiography of My Dead Brother (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist

Carl Phillips, The Rest of Love (Poetry) Finalist
Sheila P. Moses, The Legend of Buddy Bush (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist

Edward P. Jones, The Known World (Fiction) – Finalist
Kevin Young, Jelly Roll: A Blues (Poetry) – Finalist
Jacqueline Woodson, Locomotion (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist


Harryette Mullen, Sleeping with the Dictionary, (Poetry) – Finalist
Jacqueline Woodson, Hush (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist

Wanda Coleman, Mercurochrome, (Poetry) – Finalist
Cornelius Eady, Brutal Imagination (Poetry) – Finalist
Marilyn Nelson, Carver: A Life in Poems (Young People’s Literature) – Finalist

invisible-manThe first annual National Book Awards were presented on March 16, 1950.  The first African American winner was Ralph Waldo Ellison (1953) for his novel, Invisible Man.

Thanks to Sherrie Young, the National Book Foundation’s Director of Marketing and Special Projects, for her support in compiling this information.

Troy Johnson

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