AALBC.com's BESTSELLING BOOKS - SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2007
AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Karen Hunter is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a celebrated radio talk-show host, and co-author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Confessions of a Video Vixen, On the Down Low, and Wendy's Got the Heat. She is also an assistant professor in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.
Wilson's singular achievement and literary legacy is a cycle of ten plays�two of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama�dubbed "The Pittsburgh Cycle". Each is set in a different decade, depicting the comedy and tragedy of the African-American experience in the 20th century. "This cycle," notes the theater critic Christopher Rawson, "is unprecedented in American theater for its concept, size, and cohesion."
Veteran newsman Dominic Carter has been described as the best political reporter working in New York television today. A fixture at NY1 since the news channel launched in 1992, Carter has released a book on his life, titled No Momma's Boy, in which he chronicles his triumphant struggle to overcome his mother's mental illness while growing up in a Bronx Housing Project.
Gwynne Forster is national best-selling and award-winning author. Her latest book Forbidden Temptation is being released today (November 1st 2007). This comes on the heals of her Previous book Getting Some of Her Own, released n August. Read more about this remarkabe woman and watch a video which describes how she got her start in publishing with Kensington Books.
Junot D�az's fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Best American Short Stories. His highly-anticipated first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was greeted with rapturous reviews, including Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times calling it �a book that decisively establishes him as one of contemporary fiction's most distinctive and irresistible new voices.� His debut story collection, Drown, published eleven years prior to Oscar Wao, was also met with unprecedented acclaim; it became a national bestseller, won numerous awards, and has since grown into a landmark of contemporary literature.
Orlando Lima graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and started working in magazine publishing shortly thereafter. He graduated from Teachers College in 1996. He learned to deejay in 1999 and helped Vibe Magazine win an American Society of Magazine Editors award for General Excellence in 2002. Orlando published his first novel in 2003 and has been running Limachips, where he is president, since 2003.
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Grace After Midnight: A Memoir
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Available today! - November 1, 2007)
While Felicia is a brilliant actor in a truly chilling role, what's most remarkable about "Snoop" is what she has overcome in her life. Snoop was born a three-pound cross-eyed crack baby in East Baltimore. Those streets are among the toughest in the world, but Snoop was tougher. The runt of the ghetto showed an early aptitude for drug slinging and violence and thrived as a baby gangsta until she landed in Jessup state penitentiary after killing a woman in self-defense. There she rebelled violently against the system, and it was only through the cosmic intervention of her mentor, Uncle, that she turned her life around. A couple of years ago, Snoop was discovered in a nightclub by one of The Wire's cast members and was quickly recruited to be one of television's most frightening and intriguing villains.
Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors
by Bill Cosby & Alvin F. Poussaint -
"For the last three and a half years, I have been holding community
call-outs in cities around the country... This book will cover selected
topics that mirror the concerns of the different people-- rich and poor,
young and old, educated and uneducated, married and single�who attended
the call-outs. The trials of black people are at the core of Come on
INTERESTING DISCUSSION BOARD
Gwendolyn Brooks 90th birthday celebration and Third World Press 40th
6:00 p.m. Meet the Authors reception and signings
ABOUT THE LITERARY AWARDS SHOW
"For the second year I a row I was invited back to host The African American Literary Awards by founder Yvette Hayward. It was a fantastic opportunity to give to our literary talent honors that we unfortunately only traditionally reserve for our actors, singers, athletes and rappers. On BET I am the host of the indie film show The Best Shorts, and I close every show by saying, �Until lions tell their own stories, tales of the hunt will glorify only the hunter.� That night I was in a room full of lions, whom I proudly join with my debut novel DARE, which is being published by Simon and Schuster on December 11, 2007. It is a motivational chick lit retelling of Faust set in the world of hip hop, and is Black Expressions alternate selection for January 2008. If we don�t honor ourselves and our work, who will?" �Abiola Abrams
"...when I left
Literary Awards I ran into Randy
Kearse, selling his book, on the sidewalk, in front of the Alhambra
Ballroom. Randy served 13 years of a 15 year sentence and is now
selling a book to help others have a positive and productive life after
prison. This is a very important subject that is getting more more
attention nowadays. I brought a book -- one can't help but support
this effort. I even took a short video. Click the link above
to check it out." �Troy Johnson
AALBC.com founder, Troy
Johnson with his daughters at Syracuse University, during Alumni
Weekend, where he received the
Alumni of Distinction Award, on October
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