AALBC.com eNewsletter - October 7th, 2003
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS
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the Souls of Black Folk: Thoughts on the Groundbreaking Classic Work of
W.E.B. Du Bois
"I cannot recall another book that has withstood so much critical analysis, through so many generations of readers than The Souls of Black Folk. It is only fitting that Souls receive a fresh look, and in many ways the magnificent Reconsidering The Souls of Black Folk accomplishes this task. While I had some problems with Reconsidering, the writing is exceptional, and I found it enjoyable." �Reviewed by Thumper
Heart by Steven Barnes
"Zulu Heart is an amazing installment to an outstanding series. While Barnes' creation of an alternative United States and its slavery has become more credible and substantial, the foundation and real attraction of both books is the friendship Kai and Aidan, who should have been anything to each other but brothers. The most exciting portion of the book was the ending, for it hinted that Zulu Heart might not be the last installment. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and praying that this is indeed the case. Steven Barnes is an incredible author who is still flying below the radar of the majority of readers. I can think of no finer introduction to Barnes than reading Lion's Blood and Zulu Heart." �Reviewed by Thumper
Day I Saw a Black King by J. D. Mason
"Earlier this year, J. D. Mason had me singing her praises for her wonderful novel, And on the Eighth Day She Rested. Now I am at the mike again, ready to wail because Mason is back with her new novel, One Day I Saw a Black King. An epic tale of pain, loneliness, and forgiveness, One Day I Saw a Black King confirms my notion that J. D. Mason is indeed an amazing new talent and welcome addition to my favorite authors list. One Day I Saw a Black King is a sure fire hit!" �Reviewed by Thumper
High Price of a Good Man by Debra Phillips
"The High Price of a Good Man was a good time waiting to be had. It was so refreshing to read about a main female character that was full figured and who had confidence and high self-esteem. I wanted to stand up and applaud Phillips for swimming against the flow of popular African-American fiction. It's long overdue. The High Price of a Good Man could have been tighter. But, when compiling the assets against the liabilities, the novel still emerges as an enchanting and delightful read." �Reviewed by Thumper
Other Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey
"If you have been following my reviews and/or discussion board over the years, you probably know I'm a huge fan of Eric Jerome Dickey. I've read and loved his previous seven novels, from Sister, Sister to Thieves Paradise. And so it is, with a little sadness that I must say that the bloom has finally fallen off the rose with Dickey's latest novel, The Other Woman. I didn't care for this novel, at all. Sure the book had a few cute moments, but a few cute moments don't make for a good book." �Reviewed by Thumper
of Peonies by Obi
the first four pages of A Feast of Peonies, the 165-page debut novel by Obi;
I was both intrigued, and mesmerized. This electrifying novel centers on a
man whose whole world is turned upside down. I had very few issues with the
book, and they did little to detract from the fast moving, hard hitting
thrill I got from reading this novel."
Becomes of the Brokenhearted by E. Lynn Harris
"Brokenhearted is the memoir of E. Lynn Harris, a
writer, who has become one the most successful popular authors of recent
years. His memoir is about his toilsome and extraordinary journey through
life. It depicts the course of a boy who was raised by an abusive
stepfather. This despot was determined to impress his stringent ideas about
what it means to be a man upon the young Harris. Harris' path to find this
so-called macho version of his himself led him to live an unfulfilled life
that drove him deep into depression. During this journey he discovered a
spirituality that centered on forgiveness and prayer. Eventually Harris
found it in himself to accept that he could never be anything other than who
he was meant to be -- a gay, Black man who was tired of hiding in the
shadows. E. Lynn Harris's story is one of inspiration, survival, and the
value of self-love."
AUTHORS YOU SHOULD KNOW
William Melvin Kelley
From the beginning of
his career in 1962, William Melvin Kelley has employed his distinctive
form of Black comedy to examine the absurdities surrounding American
racial attitudes. His first novel [A Different Drummer] showed the
influence of William Faulkner by creating a microcosm in a mythical
southern state; his last [Dancers on the Shore] pays tribute to James
Joyce's stylistic innovations. Like Faulkner's, his works are connected
by a cast of common characters.
Frank Garvin Yerby
has published more than 30 novels, which has sold more than 55 million
copies. Several � The Foxes of Harrow (1946), The Golden Hawk
The Saracen Blade (1952) � were turned into successful
Oxford Companion to African American Literature
The Oxford Companion to African American Literature provides the first comprehensive one-volume reference work devoted to this rich tradition, surveying the length and breadth of black literary history, focusing in particular on the lives and careers of more than 400 writers. Here, too, are general articles on the traditional literary genres, such as poetry, fiction, and drama; on genres of special import in African American letters, such as autobiography, slave narratives, Sunday school literature, and oratory; and on a wide spectrum of related topics, including journalism, the black periodical press, major libraries and research centers, religion, literary societies, women's clubs, and various publishing enterprises. Finally, the five-part, fifteen-page essay, Literary History, captures the full sweep of African American writing in the United States, from the colonial and early national eras right up to the present day. The Companion also features a comprehensive subject index; extensive cross-referencing; and bibliographies after almost every article.
Read Kalamu ya Salaam's insightful and informative article on the Black Arts
Movement, contributed by
Kalamu ya Salaam,
which was originally published in
The Oxford Companion to African American Literature
Cave Canem is committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry.
Beginning as an all-volunteer effort in 1996, Cave Canem has moved swiftly to become a non-profit organization with a fulltime director and an active Board, funded through individual donations and foundation and government grants. Our program has expanded from a summer retreat to include regional workshops, a first book prize, annual anthologies, and readings and events in major cities around the United States. We are a national community of emerging and established poets, a family of black writers who create, publish, perform, teach, and study poetry, and support each others� work.
Issues Book Review
Black Issues Book Review showcases the burgeoning world of African American Literature. Each thought provoking, entertaining issue expresses the joy of reading with a unique blend of provocative reviews, author interviews, and insightful commentary. Subscribe here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000060MHY/aalbccom-20
BOOKS PLANED FOR PUBLICATION OCTOBER 2003
Visit our books section for links which allow you to search for new releases, by month of publication, of books by or about African-Americans.
Or if you prefer to search for books by author. Visit our "complete" author list for a list of books by over 700 authors.
LITERARY EVENTS CALENDAR
Our events calendar allows visitors to learn about up coming African American literary 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; simply fill out the form on our web site at http://www.aalbc.com/events/
Here are just a couple of author packed events coming up in the next few weeks:
Brother 2 Brother African-American Male Fiction Readers Symposium - Kansas City, MO.
2 Brother African-American Male Fiction Readers Symposium Nov. 7 & 8, 2003 �
Kansas City, MO.
Nationally published authors coming together to promote reading and literacy in Our Community. Featured Authors Omar Tyree, Travis Hunter, Brian Egeston, Vincent Alexandria, Luke Thomas, William Aiken, Victor McGlothin, Blair Walker, Tracy Grant, Kwame Alexander, Frederick Cooper, Eric Pete, CK Robinson, Steven Barnes, Christopher Chambers, Glen Townes, Frederick Williams, Earl Sewell, Gerald Malcom, Fr. Don Farnan, RM Johnson, Roy Glenn, J. L Woodson, & Stanley Banks. Moderators Parry Brown, Bernice McFadden, Johnny Lee � KCMO Negro League Museum, Patricia Brown, Victoria Christopher-Murray, Ilyasah Shabazz, Tee C. Royal, Bubba Smith - NFL Baltimore Colts, Curtis McClinton � NFL Kansas City Chiefs, Sean Tyler � DJ KPRS Hot 103 Jamz, and Audrey Williams. www.theliteraryevent.com/symposium Free Books and Panel Discussions.
Second Annual APOOO Literary Showcase - Harrisburg, PA
Second Annual APOOO Literary Showcase November 7th & 8th, 2003 � Valley Road Harrisburg, PA
Felicita Resort & Spa 2201 Fishing Creek Valley Road Harrisburg, PA 17112 888-321-3713/717-599-5301 www.FelicitaResort.com Join us for a fun-filled weekend of relaxing, releasing and reading at APOOO�s Literary Spa! Registration includes: Welcome Reception/Spoken Word Caf�, Bookclub Slumber Party hosted by best-selling author Jill Nelson, City Wide Reading Discussion, Author Appearances, Readings and Signings, Gift Bag (includes one FREE book), Door Prizes, All Meals. Come out and meet best-selling authors-- Jill Nelson, Karen Miller, Marcus Major, Gloria Mallette, Donna Hill, Shannon Holmes and others. For more information and to register, please contact: Yasmin Coleman Tel: 717-671-9315/574-5799 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.apooo.org
TWO NEW ARTICLES ABOUT WRITING BY LEAH MULLINS
Inspiration to Write? Begin Within
"I think I write fiction for the same reason I am drawn to first-person narratives and memoirs like bell hooks Wounds of Passion and asha bandele's Prisoner's Wife. I read these works, to separate from myself, to become the narrator just for a moment. When I close the book, I return from the journey, fuller and more complete."
My Sacred Texts
"Journaling is the vehicle I use to document my healing process. This process involves spirituality, health, knowledge of history and other activities. My journal (or diary) is where I record my setbacks, growth, epiphanies, dreams and fears. Not only do I consider books like Sacred Women, and Tradition within a Tradition as revered texts, I also hold in the highest regard the chronicles I create -- my pretty, hard-covered notebooks that I fill in, little by little, day by day."
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
Shadow and Act by Ralph Ellison
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading Shadow and Act by Ralph Ellison
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, October 12th, 2003 at 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time . If you have already read Shadow and Act, 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 2003
AALBC.com DISCUSSION BOARDS
For live discussions visit AALBC.com's discussion boards. You'll find Thumper's Corner where you may exchange views with authors, avid readers on anything related to African-American literature and publishing. There is the an increasingly popular discussion board on Culture, Race and Economy where you'll find controversial, informative and often humorous, exchanges on the subject. The Poetree discussion board allows visitors to share and solicit feedback on poems and exchange information related to poetry.
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