AALBC.com eNewsletter - November 25, 2001
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
A GREAT NEW BOOK COMING JANUARY 2002
The God Who Begat a Jackal
by Nega Mezlekia
great author of American letters, Albert Murray, wrote in his recently published
book From The Briarpatch, �The goal of the serious storyteller is to fabricate
a truly fictional legend, one that meets the so-called scientific tests of
validity, reliability, and comprehensiveness.� The Ethiopian author Nega
Mezlekia fulfilled Murray�s statement with the publication of The God Who
Begat a Jackal. Mezlekia, the author of the acclaimed memoir Notes from the
Hyena�s Belly, debuts with his first work of fiction in a magnificent joining
of the oral tradition of storytelling and inquisitive determination of a
historian. Mezlekia enfolds the distant past world of African royalty, slavery,
class, mystical figures, an inquisition and military battles that is the
concluding effect of a love between a male slave and a woman of privilege. The
God Who Begat A Jackal is an all-encompassing, enriching tale that I thoroughly
enjoyed and considered one of the best books of the New Year. ~Thumper,
Read an AALBC.com Review
Rags to Riches Life of Quincy Jones Makes a Perfect Autobiography
Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
by Quincy Jones
Q is an
almost perfect autobiography. Everything is there in just the right amounts,
including excitement, guidance, failures, wisdom, pain and joy. In keeping with
the fairy tale perspective of Jones' life his closing words offer this advice on
how to live happily ever after: "You don't have to let suffering define
your experience of life, and you don't have to pass it along to others just
because it hurts. You learn and grow from it -- you teach your pain to sing. You
let the light wash out the darkness." ~ Paige Turner, AALBC.com
Read an AALBC.com Review http://aalbc.com/reviews/q_the_autobiography_of_quincy_jones.htm
NEW AUTHORS TO CHECK OUT
Check out the newly published authors below. Whether your favorite genre is poetry, fiction, or romance you have an opportunity to discover fresh new talent; from the time tested wisdom of Ms. Marvin V. Arnett to the youthful street experiences of Jihad Shaheed Uhuru. Enjoy.
Author of Pieces From the Crazy. Ms. Arnett, a great-great-grandmother, has written a fascinating childhood memoir composed of thirty related essays that tell the story of Melvin, a young African-American girl born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.
Author of Embracing the Horror which was chosen as the Top Pick for December 2001's Multicultural Romance for Romantic Times Magazine and was given 4 � (out of 5 stars).
Author of Lessons Before Dying. In this novel, Lessons Before Dying, the lives of five very powerful and influential black men unfold in front of you as they pursue this quest called Life.
Author of Motion Sickness, a compilation of poems that range in topics including relationships between black men and women, how to be comfortable being yourself, and instilling self-esteem in your children while they're young.
Author of Jamerican Connection; A shocking, engrossing story about domestic violence, infidelity, and a woman's fight to re-claim her right to decide her own destiny. The pages flare with dramatic twists and turns.
L. Sutton Jr
Author of Soul Rebuttals: Pierre has talent, it is screaming through these pages of Soul Rebuttals. It is so evident; you're moved to keep reading.
Author of Wake Up Everybody: The Life of a Player. Wake Up Every body is an in-depth graphic journey into the struggle of life as a young black male raised by America's inner city streets.
RECENT ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
AALBC.com publishes scores of articles, books reviews, and author profiles each month. Below is sample of the more recently added articles.
Sap Rising by Christine Lincoln -
Reviewed by Thumper
Hear an Interview of Marvin Arnett, author
Pieces from the Crazy Quilt
Pieces from the Crazy Quilt by Marvin Arnett- Reviewed
by Walter Benefield
Colored Sugar Water
AN EXCELLENT ONLINE BOOK CLUB
SISTAZ� Online Book Club
R.A.W. SISTAZ reads two books a month as a group: the Book of the Month (BOM) and also an "Ole-school" book. Members nominate selections for both and then vote via an online poll. They usually have an online chat with the author of the BOM to further discuss the book and even offer other author chats on most Tuesday nights of the month.
They also publish two literary newsletters: a monthly newsletter, The R.A.W. SISTAZ Review, and a weekly reviews called: AA Books: R.A.W. Style. Both are packed with information geared towards the AA reader/writer and for those who are lovers of reading...despite their race.
BEST SELLING AUTHOR
author of Addicted
Zane the webmistress of EroticaNoir.com. She has been entertaining tens of thousands of readers via the Internet for years through her web sites and monthly e-zine.
In Addicted, Zane tells the story of Zoe Reynard, who has it all; a successful career, a loving husband, three beautiful children, a devoted mother, and the house of her dreams. Most women would kill to be in her shoes. There's just one thing she has that no one else in their right mind would want. A secret addiction that could very well ruin her fairy tale life. Zoe is addicted to sex.
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 event and our schedule).
Upcoming events include:
Poets For Peace Poetry Reading featuring Suheir Hammad, Chris Hayden and Obi Nwakanma the Vaughn Cultrural Center St. Louis 5pm $7-$5 students seniors
author of: The Window Pain
"Served over smoldering emotions and self-discovery, the author's lyrical cadence makes the book a literary delight."
Check out Steve's book tour schedule on our events page.
"The fire that started in the heart of Steve Perry as a child born to a teen mother, living in public housing still rages on in him as a man who founded and currently directs and organization that prepares low-income high school students for college."
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING GROUP
Next Monthly Book Chat Session December
In Raising Fences, Michael Datcher offers a view of young black men seldom seen in the media-men who long for loving, stable marriages, fatherhood, and homes in safe neighborhoods. In this emotionally raw and intimate narrative, Datcher reflects on his fatherless childhood in inner-city Los Angeles, his attraction to local gangs, his promiscuity, and, at times, his lack of faith.
Our chat session is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th, 2001, 9:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you have already read Raising Fences, and would like to participate in our on-line chat session; please join us in our new chat room http://www.aalbc.com/vchat/.
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