AALBC.com eNewsletter - March 28th, 2002
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AALBC.com BEST-SELLING BOOKS MARCH 2002
AALBC.com bestsellers are compiled from AALBC.com direct sales and sales generated via Amazon's and Barnesandnoble.com's affiliate programs. AALBC.com best sellers reflect raw totals and are not broken out by category.
#1 - The Heart of the Artist
by Rory Noland
This book explores issues of character facing Christian artists who want to use their gifts more effectively in church ministry.
#2 - Long Train to the Redeeming Sin
by Kola Boof
Issues such as "colorism", female genital mutilation, authentic love and the "sexual longing" of Black Women are addressed in prose and poetry
#3 - Love Don't Live Here Anymore
by Denene Millner, Nick Chiles
Tells the story of what happens to a marriage when infidelity and distance, both physical and emotional, enter the equation.
#5 - Zachary's Wings
by Rosemarie Robotham
"Two individuals from different worlds connect until their secrets roar through their relationship like a tidal wave, threatening to overwhelm everything in its path" �James McBride
#6 - William Sheppard : Congo's African-American Livingstone
by William E. Phipps
William Sheppard, one of the first black American missionaries to Africa. He was also one of the first to alert the world to the abuses of King Leopold II of Belgium.
#7 - Never Satisfied : How & Why Men Cheat
by Michael Baisden
A collection of interviews of men who have cheated. This is a book every woman and man should read!
#8 - Our Kind of People : Inside America's Black Upper Class
by Lawrence Otis Graham
The first book written about the insular world of the black upper class by a member of this hard-to-penetrate group.
#9 - The African Presence in Early Asia
by Ivan Van Sertima
The African presence in early Asia is as fascinating as it is obscure. Both Peking and Java Man were only regional varieties of these early Africoid hominids (frequent AALBC.com bestseller).
#10 - The Future Has a Past : Stories
by J. California Cooper
A wonderful collection of short stories by a superb story teller.
AUTHORS WITH A STORY TO TELL
During the past sixteen years, Sandra Kitt has written 21 novels, and 5 novellas, including Significant Others, published in 1996. Significant Others was named by Amazon.com as one of the 25 top romances of the last century. The novel is about the �color complex� within the black community. In a recent interview with writersandpoets.com Sandra shared with us her secret to keeping so many stokes in the fire without getting burned! Read the rest of the article on AALBC.com.
Guitard, author of Chocolate Thoughts, provides candid insight into the emotions and thoughts of Black Men, which often manifest themselves in ways that are perceived as hostile, non-conformist, and anti-social. Chocolate Thoughts also provides uncompromising truth about how Black men truly feel about themselves, relationships, family, sex, marriage, work, careers, religion, love, money, racism, music, sports, violence, and drugs. It uniquely captures the commonality of Black Men irrespective of their socio-economic background or educational attainment. Selling over 35,000 copies, Chocolate Thoughts resonates in the hearts of men and women alike.
RECENT ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
AALBC.com publishes scores of articles, books reviews, chat transcripts and author profiles each month. Below is sample of the most recently added content.
Monster's Ball - Movie Review by Yemi Toure
Halle Berry's breasts were not the only things exposed in "Monster's Ball". This review addresses more than what was shown on the screen -- sparking lively debate on our discussion board http://cwmyb.com/wwwboard/
LONG TRAIN to the redeeming SIN by Kola Boof -
Book Review by
Jacqueline Jones LaMon
If you have not heard about this sister, you will soon. Kola Boof's powerful and shocking collection of short stories, "Long Train to the Redeeming Sin" is developing a growing fan base and Boof's strong feminist viewpoint is finally garnering a lot of attention -- some of it quite controversial. Issues such as colorism, female genital mutilation, authentic love and the "sexual longing" of Black Women are what make Kola's work so daring.
Brown Glass Window by Devorah Major -
Book Review by Thumper
"I read Major's An Open Weave many years ago and loved it! I longed for another novel by Major, then along comes Brown Glass Window, a novel that features an African-American family going through drama; not just any drama, but my favorite kind of drama -- family drama! Brown Glass Window, in a word, is magnificent."
Chideya's stereotype-shattering 1995 book, Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African-Americans (Plume Penguin) is now in its eighth printing. In 1999, William Morrow published her second book, The Color of Our Future. Both books have been featured in college curricula across the country, including Duke, Syracuse, and Stanford Universities. Read more about this truly deep sister.
NEW VOICES & UP AND COMING AUTHORS
Andre R. Thornton
Author of Mental Conceptions; a clever compilation of poetry that will satisfy those who thirst for subliminal stimulation. Each chapter delves into universal topics: Love and its possibilities, transcending boundaries, liberation of self, and spiritual growth. This book intends to give birth to new concepts and resurrect forgotten ones.
Joylynn Jossel is the authors of Please Tell Me If The Grass Is Greener a compilation of seven fiction short stories. Each of the seven storytellers will take your hand and lead you through the unpredictable, and sometimes disgruntled, fields of life.
EXPANDING LIST OF BOOKS SLATED FOR PUBLICATION 2002
There are many new books, by or about African-American, slated to be published in 2002. Look out for new titles from a variety of authors including Toni Morrison, Omar Tyree, Mari Evans, Maya Angelou, Jacqueline Jones LaMon (also an AALBC.com book reviewer), and many others. Learn who has a new book coming out this year and look out for new AALBC.com book reviews.
NEW FEATURE FOR AUTHORS PROFILED ON AALBC.COM
If you have an AALBC.com author's profile, we can "dotcom" your name and have it point to your AALBC.com web page. AALBC.com will register your name at cost and charge an annual fee to maintain the alias. For example visit author Elizabeth Nunez's web site at www.elizabethnunez.com. There are couple of options for making this happen contact AALBC.com at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
UP & COMING MAGAZINE
You will read interesting, eye-opening articles, honest book reviews and important cultural literary news. Up&Coming Magazine is about the love and respect of the written word. They are about bridging the gap between aspiring fiction writer and avid reader. They expose and praise Up&Coming African American fiction writers for their hard work, their perseverance and their quality prose. Try out Up&Coming Magazine - They offer a money back guarantee!
HARLEM BOOK FAIR VENDOR APPLICATION
The Harlem Book Fair will take place on July 19th and 20th. Hosted by QBR The Black Book Review, the national review periodical, TALA (The Africana Literature Archives), and the Community Board 10 Arts and Culture Committee; The 2002 Harlem Book Fair promises to be the largest and best yet. Any one wishing to host a table or booth to sell books or promote their work at this event should fill out and return the application linked here http://aalbc.com/events/HBF02VendorApplication.pdf
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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, for a nominal fee (often for free depending on the timing of the event and our work load).
Upcoming events include:
11th Annual Etheridge Knight Festival of the Arts
Wednesday, April 17, 2002 until Saturday the 20th 2002
The Etheridge Knight Festival of the Arts is an annual event which promotes the arts and appreciation of the arts through awareness, creativity and education. Featuring Primus St. John, award winning poet, author of 'Skins on the Earth', Love Is Not A Consolation and Dreamer. 'Christy Award' winner Sharon Ewell Foster, author of 'Passing By Samaria', 'Ain't No River' (NAACP Fiction Award). This event is sponsored by The Etheridge Knight Inc. Indiana Historical Society, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN. Info: EKFestival@aol.com
4TH Annual African American Children's Book Fair on Saturday
Toni Trent Parker, member of Black Americans in Publishing, will produce her fourth annual African American Children's Book Fair on Saturday, April 20th from 10am to 5pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 110th St. and Amsterdam Ave. New York City. This one day event will feature authors and illustrators signing their books, storytellers and readings all day long.
Books come to life in this day-long series of readings and performances by storytellers Lot Therrio, Rhoda Muchoki, drummer Lamine Thiam, Tonya Bolden, Wade and Cheryl Hudson, Pat Cummings and Earl Anderson. There will also be a tribute to Langston Hughes and Donald Byrd, the choreographer of the Harlem Nutcracker, will show a video of the ballet and sign his book of the same name.
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