AALBC.com eNewsletter - March 2nd, 2003
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
NEW RELEASES - MARCH 2003
"Mason's book weaves an incredible tale of a Black woman's. . .journey to empowerment, freedom and the hope of love once again."�The Urban Spectrum
An emotionally powerful story about the friendship of four different women, the lessons they learn about each other and about themselves.
Choose to Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner-City
by Salome Thomas-El, Cecil Murphey (Contributor)
The challenges of working in an urban school are not for every teacher. Some get burnt out fast. Some lose sight of why they started teaching to begin with. Some find their calling in other neighborhoods�with other kids. But not Salome Thomas-EL. A teacher at Roberts Vaux Middle School in Philadelphia�s inner city, he chose to stay. Gripping, poignant, and surprisingly honest, this is his blistering real-life tale of mentoring and making a difference�and of how the reformation of America�s educational system can start with just one school.
"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."
�Nunez�s latest (after
Discretion) is a perceptive and moving tale of an African American middle-class
marriage struggling to right itself amid tremors of self-discovery�.In
exquisitely tuned prose, Nunez depicts a man�s lonely attempt to save his
marriage while honoring his roots.�
by Linda Watkins
The story of a light-skinned, thin-lipped freckled face little girl who struggles to learn what it really means to be black or any shade of it.
Check out the newest novel from an AALBC.com book reviewer.
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.
Taking Her Praise: Profile of Camille Yarbrough, A Renaissance Woman
Learn more about Camille Yarbrough, truly "a renaissance woman". Ms. Yarbrough is an author, activist, actress, dancer, poet, television producer and so much more. Read the rest of Yarbrough's wonderful story written by by DuEwa M. Frazier
Toni Asante Lightfoot
Toni Asante Lightfoot is a graduate of Cave Canem African American Writer's Workshop and a teacher of writing workshops. This whirlwind of a woman is co-founder of the poetry collective the Modern Urban Griots. She is a leader in the national arts organization, Blackout Arts Collective. Ms. Lightfoot was President of the African American Writers Guild, founded by Marita Golden. In November 2002 Lightfoot became the Business and Outreach Manager Guild Complex in Chicago. Check out her poetry and discover a wonderful artist.
Dr. Jeff Gardere
Jeffrey Gardere, a practicing psychologist, author, talk show host and jazz
musician, is one of the most widely sought-after experts in his field. Check out
"Dr. Jeff's newest book; Love Prescription: Ending the War Between Black Men and
Ron Kavanaugh Publisher of the Year Mosaic Literary Magazine
The Chicago Black History Month Book Conference recognized Ron Kavanaugh as "Publisher of the Year" for his literary publication: Mosaic Literary Magazine and for "continuously showcasing literature written by Black and Latino writers."
Ron truly recognizes the importance of supporting and promoting literary authors; authors who desire but may not receive significant representation in popular, even Black owned media. Please join AALBC.com in congratulation Ron in his significant achieve and long term dedication. Download sample issues of Mosaic Literary magazine at http://aalbc.com/writers/mosaic.htm
AALBC.com, Mosaicbooks.com, Books That Click.com
Partner to Promote New Walter Mosely Title Published by Black Classic Press
The African American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com), Mosaicbooks.com and Booksthatclick.com have partnered together to promote Walter Mosely's latest title What Next: A Memoir Toward World Peace on each of their respective web sites through April 2003.
Combined, the three web sites enjoy over 2.5 million page views and over 150,000 unique visitors monthly. What Next is published by Black Classic Press and distributed by Publishers Group West.
"This is truly a powerful relationship that we have forged. It is exciting
doing business with black organizations that have what it takes to successfully
operate in the electronic age. This is a first for BCP and What Next, by Walter,
is a wonderful book to promote this way."
�Paul Coates, owner, director, Black Classic Press.
AALBC.com's - Thumper's Corner Discussion Boards
Thumper's Corner Discussion Boards are one of the most popular areas of AALBC.com. Here you will find passionate discussion about books, poetry, publishing, and culture. Learn something new and share your knowledge at out discussion boards. Below are the five most popular discussion threads for the month of February 2003.
"GREED in the Publishing Industry"
"NEW YORK (AP) -- The new "Harry Potter" book, still five months from publication, has apparently already set a record: The highest priced new children's novel in history."
Do you think this is greed? Find out what readers, authors and industry professionals think.
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"New books on the horizon...there's some hot ones coming out!!"
"1.) Reconsidering The Souls of Black Folk by Stanley Crouch and Playbell Benjamin. Doesn't this sound interesting, especially to the folks who like to defend DuBois's The Soul of Black Folk to me. And you know who you are? *eyebrow raised*
2.) Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Race Reparations, and Reconciliation by Alfred Rophy, Randall Kennedy. Another title that interest me, since my interest in the Tulsa race riot is still pretty high.
3.) Stagolee Shot Billy by Cecil Brown. I first heard of Stagolee from Wilson Pickett singing the song. I'm going to be all over this one. Carey, you do recall the song Stagolee don't you? Didn't you know the real Stagolee? *eyebrow raised*
4.) The Lost Way Back by Nichelle Tramble. Need I say more. I'm also all over Maceo's return. Carey, I tell you all about it. Daddy Al is still low down for how he treated Maceo and I'm sticking with it. You nor Nichelle can convince me otherwise.
5.) Minion: Book 1, The Dark Legend Begins by L. A. Banks. A vampire book. I'll let you all know how it goes. I need a good vampire book."
Check out some of our other visitor's recommendations
"Who Can Hate Tomas Sowell? Or How can one person generate so much love and Hate simultaneously"
"Sometime ago I read a couple of threads that mentioned Thomas Sowell (http://aalbc.com/authors/thomas.htm) one poster said, in effect, Sowell's Memoir (A personal Odyssey) was one of their favorite books for the year, while another poster (not mentioning any names - smile) said basically they hated Sowell..."
"Reading is fundamental"
"I am amazed at how so many of the posters to this board find the time to collect so many books, and read them at such a relentless pace! Although I go through a lot of magazines and newspapers, I only get to maybe a couple of books a month and, at this point, I only select what appeals to my peculiar taste. I have actually walked up and down the aisles of a library, scanning the shelves, waiting for an epiphany, hoping to be drawn to the one book that will captivate me..."
Check out this post to get to know some of the frequent visitors and participants in the AALBC.com discussion boards.
RELATED WEB SITES WORTH CHECKING OUT
Nubianpoets.com was launched on September 15, 2000 as a tribute to legendary poets of African descent, such as Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, Countee Cullen, and other noteworthy poets displayed on our opening page. In addition to the aforementioned, the goal is to also highlight the talents of up and coming poets. With the offering of our Poetry Contests, Discussion Board, and Featured Poets, it is our intention to form a bonding on-line interactive poet community.
ChickenBones: A Journal is a web site where you'll find articles on the old south, black labor, books & review, education & history, religion, politics, literature & arts, work, labor & business as well as music & musicians. The site is interested in the cultural and artistic productions of African America. However their interests are not provincial and they post the works of all writers and artists, regardless of race, ethnic, or national background. If you would like to contribute an article they are especially interested in the writings of African, Asian, Latin, and Hispanic writers. This site is open to "all who speak to the human heart, to those who do not have the means or contacts to get a fair hearing. True art belongs to the world." Send articles to email@example.com
Black Book News is a web site which features news stories, book notes, press releases, publisher profiles, author profiles, articles -- even a "Dear Zane" advise column, and more.
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
March 2003 Selection
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading The Ecstatic by Victor D. LaVelle
Mr. LaValle will be participating in this chat session
Victor LaValle has already established himself as "one of the most eloquent voices of the approaching century" (Kirkus Reviews), a writer of darkly humorous tales full of haunting beauty, astonishing leaps of imagination, and language that "crackles and hums" (Chicago Tribune). The Ecstatic is LaValle's debut novel, a startling tale of love, horror, sex, insanity, faith, morbid obesity, and the modern American family.
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, March 9th, 2002, 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you have already read The Ecstatic, 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 2003
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 few of some of the events planned around the country:
Do The Write Thing Boot Camp - Washington, DC.
Do The Write Thing Boot Camp Everything you want and need to know about writing a novel, finding an agent, penning a memoir, marketing your book, and more will be covered in this full day intensive. If you know of someone who wants to write a book, has written a book, and/or wants to publish a book, this seminar is the most cost-effective and productive way to get the ball rolling. Seminars facilitators include Literary Agent Jeffrey Klein, Novelist Brian Egeston, Children's Book Author Adjoa Burrowes, Publisher and Author Kwame Alexander, and others. Washington, DC. For more information: http://www.dothewritething.net.
The Hotlanta Romance Bookclub Presents: Romance Slam Jam
March 6 - 9, 2003 The Hotlanta Romance Bookclub Presents: Romance Slam Jam http://www.romanceslamjam.com/ Westin Atlanta North at Perimeter 7 Concourse Parkway Atlanta, GA 30028-9937 Featuring over 45 Authors Contact: Carmen Green - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write Now 4!, Coppin State College, MD
Friday & Saturday, March 14 & 15, Write Now 4!, Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Avenue: You are invited to join our celebration of the written and spoken word featuring leading local and national authors, publishers, agents and editors. Explore the art, discipline and process of writing and selling African-American literature. Come prepared to address creative and practical issues. Don't miss this opportunity to hone your craft, network with professionals and chart your literary future! Workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and readings - come delve into an array of activities for aspiring and professional writers and the readers who love them. Write Now 4 will feature a smorgasbord of literary talent including Amiri Baraka, Stanice Anderson, Chris Chambers, Anita Diggs, Cornelius Eady, Gwynne Forster, Sharon Ewell Foster, Mondella Jones, Marcus Major, Michelle Monkou, Victoria Christopher Murray, Elizabeth Nunez, Francis Ray, Valerie Wilson Wesley and many, many more! Fee - Contact the Ripe Harvest Foundation today at 410-318-8604 for your registration form. www.ripeharvest.org
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