AALBC.com eNewsletter, June 17, 2001
American Literature Book Club eNewsletter - June 17, 2001
Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!
AALBC.com's BESTSELLERS - MAY 2001
The AALBC bestsellers for May 2001 truly reflect the diverse interests of AALBC.com visitors. All of these titles would make a fine addition to anyone's library.
#1 Gabriel's Story by David Anthony Durham
#2 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow Is Enuf: A Choreopoem by Ntozake Shange
#3 The Seventh Octave: The Early Writings of Saul Stacey Williams by Saul Stacey Williams
#4 Telling the Tale: The African-American Fiction Writer's Guide by Angela Benson
#5 Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State by Cheikh Anta Diop
#6 Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman
#7 The Undiscovered Paul Robeson: The Early Years, 1898-1939 by Paul Robeson Jr.
#8 Sister Power: How Phenomenal Black Women Are Rising to the Top by Patricia Reid-Merritt
#9 Got to Be Real: Four Original Love Stories by E. Lynn Harris, Eric Jerome Dickey, Marcus Major & Colin Channer
#10 No More Sheets: The Truth about Sex by Juanita Bynum
AALBC.com BOOK REVIEWS
of Jade by Gloria Mallette, Reviewed by Thumper
"I was debating on whether I should start this review by writing All Hail The New Queen. Why not? I�ll only live once, so, All Hail The New Queen of AA mystery/suspense Gloria Mallette! Mallette has written the best, THE BEST, mystery/suspense novel that I have read in years! Shades of Jade is an ass-wiper! It�s a fast-paced mystery/suspense novel that has one hell of an ending! Oh yeah, Miss Ann, this one is for you!" Read the rest of this rave review at AALBC.com.
NEW BOOKS BY TWO POPULAR AUTHORS
Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey
Set in the San Francisco Bay area, Between Lovers
brings together three irresistible characters. The novel's protagonist --a Los
Angeles-based-writer -- is still reeling from being dumped by Nicole after seven
good years followed by an aborted trip to the alter. Nicole grew up during their
time together, and changed -- she became a successful career woman, moved north
to Oakland, and fell in love with another woman. But she's still not satisfied.
She likes what she has, but misses what she had, and wants to find out if she
can have it all. She's playing with fire, not to mention the feelings of the two
people who love her most in the world, but Nicole lures her former fianc� back
into her new life, opening the floodgates of anger, passion, pain�and refreshing
honesty. How these three fascinating people handle this unusual and complex love
triangle makes for one of Dickey's most provocative and unforgettable novels.
Jones by Walter Mosley
Written with the blazing pace of noir classics like The Maltese Falcon, Fearless Jones also possesses the humor and original insights into American places and characters that have made Walter Mosley one of the most admired writers of our time.
Paris Minton is minding his own business -- a small used bookstore of which he is the proud proprietor -- when a beautiful woman named Elana Love walks in and asks a few questions. Within the next twenty-four hours, Paris has been beaten up, make love to, shot at, and robbed, and his bookstore has been burned to the ground. He's in so much trouble he has no choice but to get his friend Fearless Jones out of jail to help.
AUTHOR HUGH HOLTON PASSES
Read an excellent article on Hugh Holton written by Michael Marsh
"The only son of a police officer, Hubert Holton grew up in Woodlawn, a safe community filled with ambitious students and attractions like the Tivoli theater. In those days gangbangers weren't killers, just juvenile delinquents. "I could walk from my home to the lake without experiencing any problems at all." He attended nearby Saint Anselm elementary school and Mount Carmel high school, which in the early 60s was just being integrated. "I don't remember being treated any different than anyone else," he says. "One of the things I think that I learned at Carmel was a kind of stick-to-itiveness that my father had also instilled in me. I made a pact with myself when I set out to start writing that I might not publish a book, but if I start the book I'm going to finish the book. Don't give up."
TWO PASSIONATE BOOKS OF BLACK LOVE, SEX AND EROTICA
Koo by Kwasi Ramsey
Published in December of 2000 by Black Alchemist
Press, Black Issues Book Review says this about
"...he constructs lyrics of love that are sure to capture any man or woman�s true feelings in his most recent collection Love� Koo. His current collection is the haiku form of "Black Erotica." Penned in a voice that is not for sensitive types, he uses rage, lust and frustration gracefully; anxiety, arousal and confusion eloquently; and reveals the taboos of sex, love and hate like we've never seen them before."
Best Black Women's Erotica showcases the hottest, most arousing, and most surprising erotic literature by African-American women writers. Representing a wide range of styles and voices, these 25 new stories offer a steamy assortment of fiction from popular authors such as Valerie Wilson Wesley, Bertise Berry, Tananarive Due, Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Barbara Neely, Renee Swindle, Vernise Berry, Julie Hare, and Terris Grimes, among others.
AN ANTHOLOGY WHICH REFLECTS THE DIVERSITY AND RICHNESS OF WRITING IN BLACK BRITAIN
Courttia Newland, Kadija Sesay (Editors)
In this landmark collection, writers of African descent contribute original, almost exclusively brand new work from across the writing spectrum. Divided into three sections reflecting first, second and third generations, the book focuses on four types of writing - poetry, short fictions, essays and memoirs. IC3 reflects the enormous diversity and richness of writing in Black Britain today.
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING GROUP
Next Monthly Book Chat Session July 11th
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading The Spyglass Tree by Albert Murray. The New York Times Book Review says; "The only way to appreciate the music of Murray's prose is to immerse yourself in long passages of dialogue, monologues, and lyric description of countryside and fireside, which are nothing so much as the rich end choruses of a blues artist translated into speech and action."
Our chat session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11th, 2001, 9:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you have already read The Spyglass Tree, and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our new chat room http://www.aalbc.com/vchat/.
Contents for June and July have been posted. Here is your chance to win a copy of Timmothy B. McCann's Forever. Timmothy B. McCann is an ex-collegiate All American football player, the former owner of a financial planning agency, and author of an advise column "Ask DlastRomeo". He also teaches a course on the art of commercial fiction at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. Best known for two highly acclaimed novels, Always and Until, which was featured by the Black Expressions Book Club. McCann lives in Florida and is the proud father of two children. He recently completed a book of short stories and is now at work on three other novels.
LITERARY EVENTS CALENDAR
Our events calendar allows visitors to learn about up coming African American literary and cultural 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.
Upcoming events include:
Guest Author Terrie Williams Will Read From Her New Book "Stay Strong"
On Saturday, June 30th from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm, African Voices magazine's Second Annual Cultural Circle Conference will bring together artists, writers and vision makers for an important forum on craft and resources. The conference will offer information for artists on everything from writers retreats and workshops to exhibition opportunities for visual artists and grants. Artists will also learn about protecting their work on the Internet. The day long forum will include a special book signing for Terrie Williams, author of "Stay Strong," an inspirational book for teens, and an evening of film presentations by independent filmmakers. Columbia School of the Arts Film Division will co-host the forum, which will be held at Columbia University, Lerner Hall, Room 555. Registration fee: $10. For information and conference schedule call 212.865.2982 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Circle's theme "Make It Plain: Vision Makers In the New Millennium" will honor Malcolm X's legacy and celebrate the work of today's cultural activists who use art to inform and inspire. Some of the Circle leaders participating in the conference are Danny Simmons, artist/founder of Rush Arts Gallery; Arthur Flowers, author of "Another Good Loving Blues"; Cheryll Greene, editor of "Make It Plain"; Troy Johnson, founder of the www.aalbc.com; DreadScott, a nationally renowned artist who served as a 1992 fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program; Martin Simmons, creative writing director of the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center; and Innes Gumintsky, Esq., an intellectual property specialist at the Cowan, DeBaets, Abraham & Sheppard law firm in Manhattan.
The event is sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Manhattan Borough President's Office, Columbia University's FOCUS group, EAB Bank and the Columbia School of the Arts Film Division.
Book Fair and Uptown Art Festival 2001
21st 2001, 12PM to 7PM
Where: 135th Street Between Lenox (Malcolm X Blvd) and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., Harlem, USA
For more information contact: Linda A. Duggins 212-348-1681
This high profile venue becomes part of the revitalization of Harlem as an American cultural and literary Mecca- The highlight of the Harlem Book Fair will bepanel discussions, performances by spoken word artists, author readings and signings, musicians, storytellers, fiction and non-fiction writers, and children�s book authors, and a walking tour of literary Harlem.
QBR �s commitment to the Africana community is rooted in the deep belief in the vitality, talent, and importance of the emerging literary artist. The highly regarded QBR, called �the African American book review of record� by its admirers, serves as the perfect sponsor for this event. TALA serves as the not-for-profit co-sponsor of the Harlem Book Fair- QBR and TALA�s annual Harlem Book Fair will present emerging writers, spoken word artists and performers to an enthusiastic public community. A full-day program introducing diverse ideas and innovative forms of expression, the Harlem Book Fair is important for the Harlem community- Awareness in reading, literacy, education and positive role modeling are just a few of the benefits of the Harlem Book Fair and Uptown Art Festival 2001.
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