AALBC.com eNewsletter - February 8th, 2004
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AALBC.com BEST-SELLER LISTS - JANUARY 2004
#1 - Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan
#2 - Sister, Sister: Three Novellas by Donna Hill, Carmen Green and Janice Sims
#3 - A Dollar And A Dream by Carl Weber, La Jill Hunt, Dwayne S. Joseph
#4 - Chocolate Flava: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology edit by Zane
#5 - Player Haters by Carl Weber
#1 - Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural
Misinformation About African Americans by Farai Chideya
#2 - Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity - and My Journey to Freedom in America by Francis Bok, Edward Tivnan
#3 - Dr. Ro's Ten Secrets to Livin' Healthy: America's Most Renowned African American Nutritionist Shows You How to Look Great, Feel Better, and Live Longer by Eating Right by Rovenia Brock Ph.D.
#4 - What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by E. Lynn Harris
#5 - Slave by Mende Nazer, Damien Lewis
RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEW
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Gordon on the Plains by J. P. Sinclair Lewis
I am always on the look out for a book that is off the beaten path of commercial fiction. I found it in Buffalo Gordon on the Plains, the second installment of the series by J. P. Sinclair Lewis. Buffalo Gordon on the Plains is the continuing saga of Nate Gordon. The novel is about Nate�s life in the U. S. Army after the Civil War, on the Western range, along with memories of his days of slavery. Buffalo Gordon on the Plains is a literary and historical feast for the eyes. �Reviewed by Thumper
AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Over the course of her career Evans has been Distinguished Writer and Assistant Professor, African American and Resource Center, Cornell University, she has taught at Indiana University, the State University of New York at Albany, the University of Miami at Coral Gables and at Spelman College, Atlanta, over the course of her long and distinguished career. She is the author of numerous articles, children's books, plays, musicals and books of poetry.
Denise Turney is a professional novelist and journalist who has more than thirty years of writing experience to her credit. Denise is the author of the books: Portia, Love Has Many Faces and Spiral.
Denise is the editor of the internationally online periodical, The Book Lover's Haven. She is also the host of the radio program "Off The Shelf" which airs on Blakeradio.com. Denise is a featured monthly columnist for The Black Market, Daughters of Eve, Black Living, Moms of Color and My Sister My Self. Denise also serves as book reviewer for Lansing, Michigan's largest African American newspaper, The New Citizens Press and Indigo Magazine.
Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present by
Joanne V. Gabbin (Editor)
The Furious Flower Conference of 1994 represented the largest gathering of
African American writers at one event in nearly thirty years. In that crucial
span of time, African American poetry had evolved into an art less overtly
political and more introspective; it had also shown dramatic growth -- both in
the number of its readers and its practitioners.
As a second Furious Flower Conference prepares to convene, Joanne Gabbin has assembled a remarkable selection of works by the Furious Flower participants. The forty-three poets cover three generations, ranging from such established voices as Michael Harper, Nikki Giovanni, and the late Gwendolyn Brooks, in whose honor the conference was organized, to a host of rising young writers who are reimagining America in the language of a hip-hop nation.
'Furious Flower' provides a fascinating collective portrait of African-American poetry at the close of the twentieth century -- as well as an indication of where it may be headed as we enter the twenty-first. The book includes biographies of the contributors and a dynamic collection of performance photographs by C.B. Claiborne featuring many of the Furious Flower participants as they appeared at the original 1994 conference.
Small Nation of People: W. E. B. Du Bois and African American Portraits of
Progress by David Levering Lewis & Deborah Willis
As the world prepared to celebrate a century of progress at the 1900 International Exposition in Paris, W.E.B. Du Bois, then a sociology professor at Atlanta University, was approached by Thomas Calloway, an African American lawyer who called for black participation in the exposition, to illustrate progress made by black Americans since Emancipation. Du Bois, Calloway and Daniel A. P. Murray, a son of freed slaves and assistant Librarian of Congress, compiled books, manuscripts, artifacts and some 500 photographs of people, homes, churches, businesses and landscapes that defied stereotypes. �A Small Nation of People� brings together more than 150 of these photographs in a single volume for the first time.
Known as �The Exhibit of American Negroes,� the Paris display included a set of charts, maps and graphs prepared by Du Bois recording the growth of population, economic power and literacy among African Americans in Georgia. It also included photographs that exemplified dignity, accomplishment and progress such as images of African Americans attending universities and running businesses.
River Woman: The Very First Poems by Kola Book
marks a big one for activist and artist Kola Boof. In addition to the
release of Nile River Woman, a collection of poems, Boof has two
additional titles, short story collection Long Train to the Redeeming
Sin and erotic historical novel Flesh and the Devil, also due out this
year. Kola Boof, born Naima Bint Harith in the Sundan, came to the
United States after her parents were murdered for speaking out against
the contemporary Arab/African slave trade. Ms. Boof, much like her
writing, has been the subject of much controversy."
�Zakia Munirah Carter, Editor Africana.com
Corinne, Tell Somebody! by Mari Evans
Corinne has changed and has become withdrawn. She doesn't even want to talk. Frustrated, Annie begins to send Corinne letters encouraging her friend to reveal a frightening secret and tell someone who can help. Celebrated black writer and activist, Cornell University Assistant Professor Mari Evans has created a touching story about true friendship and the devastating effects of child abuse.
Vine: A Young Black Man's Journey of Faith, Hope, and Clarity by John W.
Fountain, a Chicago-based correspondent for the New York Times, has written an unflinching autobiography exploring his religious, educational, and emotional development. The account provides an intimate view of the life of an African-American growing up in poverty as part of a deeply religious family in Chicago, the hurdles he overcame to achieve success, and the importance in his life of a strong belief in God and himself.
20th Anniversary of the Celebration of Black Writing - Philadelphia, PA
Monday, 2 February to Friday, 20 February, 2004
To observe this signal occasion, Art Sanctuary will build on a 20-year-old literary tradition that brings so many internationally acclaimed writers to engage an audience of thousands through lectures, readings, workshops and performances over two exciting weeks in February. Art Sanctuary plans to assemble an All-Star Reunion team of nine of the living Lifetime Achievement Award winners: George Lamming (Castle of My Skin), Paule Marshall (Brown Girl, Brownstones, Albert Murray (From the Briarpatch File: On Context, Procedure and American Identity), Eloise Greenfield (Sister), Kristin Lattany (Kinfolks, Breaking Away, Amiri Baraka (The Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader), Sonia Sanchez (Wounded in the House of A Friend), Samuel Allen (Every Round), Genevieve and Michael Fabre, Charles Fuller (A Soldier�s Play) and Larry Robin, founder of the Celebration. The festival will conclude with a moving ecumenical service in memory of the Lifetime Achievement Awards winners who�ve died: Benjamin Quarles (The Negro in the Making of America), Ann Petry (The Street), Dorothy West (The Wedding), John Henrik Clarke (Malcolm X: the Man and His Times), June Jordan (Soldier: A Poet�s Childhood), and Ted Joans (Beat Poems).
AALBC.com CHAT TRANSCRIPT - GLORIA MALLETTE
Gloria Mallette Chat Transcript - February 4, Wednesday
Gloria: "Publishers said there was no market for my titles. I figured they had their quota. Even now, I don't sell like the most popular books out there---urban, erotica, street. I'm beginning to think my tales are too dark, but then when one gets into the psyche of relationships, it can be dark. I just hope not boring."
Thumper: "...Does that bother you, that your books don't sell the same numbers as some of these other books?"
Gloria: "Yes and no. Yes, because all writers want to post big numbers. No, because I know that the readers that are reading me are serious about their reading time and with each book, I hope to build my readership."
Read the rest of this chat session http://www.thumperscorner.com/chatgloria.htm
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
January 2004 Selection
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading The First Thing Smoking by Nelson Eubanks
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 at 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time . If you have already read The First Thing Smoking, 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
AALBC.com February 2004 Contest has been posted.
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