AALBC.com eNewsletter, September 9, 2001
Hello everyone! We have just come off our Summer hiatus and are raring to go with some significant changes and enhancements to AALBC.com. Please pardon our appearance as our web site undergoes these improvements over the next few months.
AALBC.com's BESTSELLERS - SUMMER 2001
Below are the top 10 selling book on AALBC.com for the months of June, July and August 2001. As usual AALBC.com bestselers reflect the wide variety of interests and tastes of AALBC.com visitors. There are a couple of perennial favorites, some expected popular books and a few surprises.
Words Don't Fit In My Mouth
One of the all time favorite AALBC.com books. This book of poetry is by, 5 time Showtime at the Apollo winner, Jessica Care Moore.
Way the Wind Blows
Here is the most recent effort by E. Lynn Harris. Mr. Harris is one of our most popular and successful author's today. However, Any Way the Wind Blows, is greeted by mediocre reviews even from E. Lynn loyalists. Visit our discussion board to read more...
Eric Jerome Dickey's news book meets mixed reviews from AALBC visitorsl. Opinions range from "Remarkable" to "C-R-A-P" Read more from our discussion board. It is generally agreed that the book is heavy in sexual content -- that could be a plus or a minus depending upon what you like to read.
Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors
This book by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing was the AALBC.com bestselling work of Non-fiction in 2000.
"This work is dedicated to the victims of the global system of white supremacy (racism), all non-white people worldwide, past and present, who have resolved to end this great travesty and bring justice, then peace to planet Earth."
Seventh Octave: The Early Writings of Saul Stacey Williams
Saul Williams is the all time best selling author on AALBC.com. His books of poetry Seventh Octave and She are AALBC.com favorites!
River (Oprah Edition)
"Oprah Edition" You already know what that means; an instant bestseller. In the case of Lalita Tademy's Cane River the sales figures are substantiated by an excellent book Listen to an Interview with Ms. Tademy and QBR's Talking Books from June 2001. The reviews are unanimous from our discussion board.
Sugar: A Collection of Erotic Black Fiction
Carol Taylor brings together some of the most acclaimed voices in today's black literary world; including Sapphire, Natasha Tarpley, Reginald Harris, and Pamela Sneed. Check out this increasingly popular book of Black erotica.
Pimp, by Iceberg Slim and Robert Beck, covers the life of Iceberg Slim, from his early childhood to his first stint in prison to his rise and fall as a pimp. Pimp goes into details of how to "turn" a woman to become a prostitute, his relationship to the women in his "stable", rules in the unwritten book of pimping, and even gives a brief history of the black pimp. But, the most dangerous is his insight into human nature.
Albert French's Billy is one of my personal favorite novels and is the book I most frequently give away as a present. This little gem of a book can be read in one sitting, but packs a punch which will knock you out!
Written by Audre Lorde. A new expanded hardcover of one of the most sustaining books on fighting breast cancer. Contains a new 16-page photo essay by Lorde in a new expanded size. "Each woman responds to the crisis ... out of a whole pattern, which is the design of who she is and how her life has been lived".
York Is Book Country, the city's annual festival for book
lovers, celebrates its 23rd year with a record number of activities,
September 19-23. The street fair (just one of 175 events) will take
place Sunday, September 23, on Fifth Avenue between 48th and 57th Streets,
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some 250,000 bibliophiles turn out for the
occasion, meeting authors and browsing among 180 exhibits from publishers,
bookstores, small presses, antiquarian booksellers and others.
Below are just a few of the many free events:
Author Talk, Tina Andrews, Sally Hemmings, An American Scandal. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
Author Talk, Bernice McFadden, The Warmest December. 6-8 p.m. Free.
Author Talk/Reading A'Lelia Bundles, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker. 6-7:30 p.m. Reservations Required. Free.
Reading, Kenji Jasper, Dark. 5-6:30 p.m. Reservations required. Free.
Author Talk, Brooke Stephens, Wealth Happens One Day at a Time. Ages 18 and up. 3-4:30 p.m. Free.
Author Talk, Chester A. Higgins, Jr., Elder Grace: The Nobility of Aging. 2-4:30 p.m. Ages 18 and up. Free.
Other events include:
Screenings/Readings An Afternoon with Nick Jr. Angela Santomero and Traci Johnson, Blue's Clues; Dan Yaccarino, Oswald. Ruby Dee reads Little Bill by Bill Cosby. Ages 3 and up. 1-3 p.m. Suggested contribution: $6, children under 12 free.
Literary Brunch Julie Andrews, Dumpy and Little Bo series; T.C. Boyle, After the Plague; Caroline Kennedy, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; Nancy Milford, Savage Beauty; John Edgar Wideman, Hoop Roots. Master of Ceremonies: Robert Lipsyte. Co-sponsored by The New York Times and New York Is Book Country. Noon. Reservations required. $115.
To learn more about the above events and more, from perhaps the largest New York Literary Festival, visit: http://www.nyisbookcountry.com/
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING GROUP
Next Monthly Book Chat Session October
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading Babe by Delores Thornton.
"Babe is the third novel from Word Mistress, Delores Thornton. For those who thoroughly enjoyed her Ida Mae series, BABE will be another emotional and well written story. BABE is an elderly woman who has suffered from headaches most of her life. Upon further examination, through hypnosis by Dr. Walker a psychiatrist, it is discovered that BABE as a child saw horrendous acts. The acts which included a beheading as well as the fiery death of a young white girl in her own living room, have been suppressed by BABE and she now at the age of 80+ has to come face-to-face with a tortured past." --Pat G'Orge-Walker
Our chat session is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2001, 9:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you have already read Babe, and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our new chat room http://www.aalbc.com/vchat/.
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