AALBC.com eNewsletter - September 3rd, 2003
|Celebrating Our Literary Legacy!|
, Said the Shotgun to the Head by Saul Stacey Williams
"Astonishing...poet. The internal
rhyme, metrics, and imagery are so fleet...that they're humbling."
What You Got by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Eighteen-year-old college student Tiara Bynum is as pretty as a princess, and just as spoiled. Her castle is the Harlem housing project where she lives with her younger sister, Jo-Jo and her doting father Reggie. Her fiefdom is the legion of men at her beck and call when she snaps her always perfectly manicured fingers. She has no qualms about flaunting her charms to get what she wants because she�s �got it like that.�
Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury by Aaron McGruder
Here�s the first big book of The Boondocks, more than four years and 800
strips of one of the most influential, controversial, and scathingly funny
comics ever to run in a daily newspaper.
Zane's legion of fans can't get enough of her way of telling a juicy, sexy story. Now, the New York Times bestselling queen of erotica brings us a tale of a woman with a split personality -- one highly sexed and one sexually repressed.
Jonquinette Pierce has always been nervous when it comes to men. She took a job dealing with mostly women so she could avoid men. She goes to work and comes straight home during the week, but on the weekends her other self, Jude, takes over and goes on intense sexual escapades.
or Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey?
Making a list? Checking it twice? Eric Jerome Dickey knows who's naughty or nice. The New York Times bestselling author promises to deliver all the humor, heart, and superb storytelling that have made him one of the biggest names in African-American fiction. Wrapped up in a gift-sized, gift-priced, beautiful package, Naughty or Nice has all the elements Eric Jerome Dickey's fans have come to love-humor, heart, and soul, with a considerable dose of spice to thaw out those cold winter nights. Hot on the heels of his surefire summer blockbuster, The Other Woman, Naughty or Nice is the present every Dickey fan will want to give as a gift (and keep for themselves)!
Man: A Novel by Travis Hunter
-- and y'all know I don't recommend much!"
Growing up on Philadelphia�s gritty streets, Jermaine Banks was used to fighting but lately life has been throwing him hooks and jabs he�s never been prepared to deal with. Almost thirty years old, with a three-year-old son who worships the ground he walks on, a pregnant girlfriend whose family hates every breath he takes, and a slain best friend for whose death he feels responsible for, Jermaine realizes its time to change. But can he step up to the challenge, or will continue to be a Trouble Man?
Gonna Take the Weight?: Manhood, Race, and Power in America by Kevin
Featuring three mind-jolting essays: (1) "The Breakdown" Powell revisits the dark, suicidal days of his life after being fired from Vibe magazine in 1996; (2) "Confessions Of A Recovering Misogynist" explores how manhood is constructed in this country, through the lens of his own personal saga, from his tumultuous relationship with his mother and other women, to a recognition that manhood based on domination and violence is a recipe for destruction, of women, and of men; (3) "What Is A Man?" Powell presents a Herculean meditation on the life and times of the late Tupac Shakur, on Black fathers and Black sons (the Civil Rights generation and the hiphop generation), on Black leadership, on the wins and losses of the Civil Rights era, and on the twisted and tragic Black male-White male relationship in America, from slavery to Eminem.
RECENT AALBC.COM BOOK REVIEWS
Looking for a good book? Thumper has found some true gems. Check out his reviews of the following books. Rarely will you be disappointed by a book Thumper strongly recommends.
by Olympia Vernon
"Eden, the debut novel by Olympia Vernon, is a powerful coming of age tale. It is an extraordinary novel, one that offers magnificent artistry in addition to the unveiling of Olympia Vernon as a gifted new writer. Eden is a reason to celebrate and is one of the highlights of my reading year." �Reviewed by Thumper
by Richard Dry
"Leaving, the debut novel by Richard Dry, is an epic tale that spans three generations of a black family, from the 1950s to circa 2000. Leaving is an epic not only in size, with over 600 pages, but in depicting the vast scope of human nature and the emotional wounds inflicted from loving someone too much at times, and not enough at others. Leaving chronicles a family doing the best they can with what they have. The book is a mesmerizing tour de force, which comes to life -- fluid, powerful, and deep. �Reviewed by Thumper
Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South by Trudier Harris
"Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South, is a collection of essays by Trudier Harris, based on her memories, observations and opinions that came from being born, raised and reared as a Black woman in the South. Written with elegance and grace, Summer Snow is an open love letter to her Alabama home, perfumed with bittersweet recollections and a lingering love that is still evident despite the passage of time. I draped Harris's words around me like a warm fuzzy blanket on a cold wintry day and snuggled in. I loved it." �Reviewed by Thumper
Like Wrestling by Danyel Smith
"More Like Wrestling, the debut novel by Danyel Smith, is centered on the close relationship between two sisters. This was a vexing book -- emotionally empty yet captivating, excessively wordy and still brilliant. No, I am not schizophrenic. More Like Wrestling is all these things, and there lays my problem." �Reviewed by Thumper
CHECK OUT THESE AUTHORS
Lana Reid, a newcomer to the poetry scene announces her passion for Black men in her new book My Love Notes to a Black Man. A coffee table collection of forty poems with sensual but tasteful mixed media illustrations. Lana shares her up and downs and continuing devotion to her Black men through a fusion of poetry combined with light erotica.
Author J.T. Smith�s take on the relationship game in New York City. Many of the scenarios in this story were either experienced, witnessed, or told to the author by some of his male friends. �Love Don�t Come Easy!� was meant to be a funny, fast-paced story with a few bits of insight on the game of love in it as well. Hopefully the author has succeeded�
A BLACK OWNED PUBLISHER YOU SHOULD KNOW
Home of Indigo Romance, the nation�s leading line of
African-American romance novels. Genesis is a pioneer in publishing diverse
lines of romance, including: Tango Two, which features Hispanic leading
characters; Love Spectrum, which concentrates on interracial romance; and Indigo
After Dark, a more sensuous romance line.
Founded in 1993 by attorneys Wilbur and Dorothy Colom, Genesis released its first novel in 1995. In seven years Genesis grew from releasing four titles a year to twenty-eight titles a year, with romance remaining the core line. In addition to fiction we publish a variety of nonfiction titles including Lasting Valor, the story of the only living African-American to receive the Medal of Honor. We also publish How to Write a Romance for the New Market, to assist writers. Another line we are proud of is our children�s books with such titles as Tiger Woods: A Biography for Kids.
The Genesis Press catalogue includes more than 130 titles in 2001. Indigo Romance was featured on the cover of the Nov. 12, 2001 issue of Publishers Weekly, the primary trade magazine for the book publishing industry. Genesis novels have received several high honors and have also been featured in a number of romance-focused magazines. Most recently, Mr. Colom was dubbed �the renaissance man� by Romantic Times magazine.
AALBC.com BEST SELLING BOOKS MAY & JUNE 2003
#1 - The Secret Medicine of the Pharaohs: Ancient Egyptian Healing by Cornelius Stetter
"Although the subject is Egyptian, the book itself is really
international--written and originally published in Germany and printed in
Singapore (which accounts for the 39 pages of beautiful color illustration).
After introductory material on the country, hieroglyphics, and papyri,
Stetter looks at the medical papyri and related social and religious
matters. He gives many quotations from the Ebers, Smith, and lesser-known
papyri, explaining what is known and what remains guesswork. Some Egyptian
medicines, although they may sound strange to our ears, had good results
that can now be understood scientifically. For example, the Egyptians used a
birth-control remedy that included acacia, which, when inserted near the
uterus, broke down into lactic acid, making the area inhospitable to sperm.
Unfortunately, there are several places where the text was translated out of
German but not into good English, and typos are not uncommon. An informative
and attractive publication, nevertheless"
#2 - A Renaissance in Harlem : Lost Essays of the WPA, by Ralph
Ellison, Dorothy West, and Other Voices of a Generation
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 few of the events planned around the country in the next few weeks:
New York is Book Country Street Fair - New York, NY
Date: September 21, 2003
Hours: 11am - 5pm
Location: Fifth Avenue from 42nd-57th Streets
Free of charge
Hundreds of booths feature books in every genre, games,
activities and author appearances for book lovers of all ages. Entertainment
stages for children and adults. Visit a variety of special interest sections
African-American Literature, Antiquarian Row featuring old, rare and used books, Spanish Language books, Theatre/Film Books, and more.
Go Girl African American Book Club Celebrates Ten Years - Chicago, IL
Contact: Ruth Fulton
Date: September 20, 2003
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You Go Girl African American Book Club will be celebrating their ten year anniversary with a luncheon event on September 20, 2003. The theme is �10 Years and Still Reading�. The celebration will be held at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, 681 W. North Avenue (Corner of North Ave. & Route 83), 630-279-9700, from 11:30 � 3:30. Tickets are $25 per person. All in attendance will enjoy great speakers, great prizes, and a great meal, as You Go Girls reminisce and celebrate. Featured authors, Yolanda Joe, Blair Walker, Tony Lindsey, Keija Shapodee, and Robin Williams, will sign copies of their work.
re:Verse Festival 2003: Flix, Flow & Freestyle - Bronx, NY
Sept. 20, 2003 4pm
@ The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Mosaic Literary Magazine and the Literary Freedom Project present the inaugural re:Verse Festival to celebrate the independence of thought, writing, and the spirit of poet Audre Lorde.
The Body of a Poet: A Tribute to Audre Lorde
An imaginary biopic, The Body of a Poet centers on the efforts of a group of young lesbians of color to devise a fitting tribute to one of this century�s great visionaries.
PANEL: Vocal Cords: Independent Publishing in a Dependent Age
A panel on the challenges of non-commercial publishing of poetry, news & information, and literature in an age of major chain stores, publishers, and global news services. Panelist include Marlena Gasper, Black Alchemist Press, Glenda Johnson, The Citizen, Lisa Moore, Redbone Press, and Annette Atim Oton, Indigo Magazine
POETRY: Samiya Bashir (Cave Canem fellow), Roger Bonair-Agard (HBO's Def Poetry), Willie Perdomo (HBO's Def Poetry), Victoria Sammartino (Pepatian: JUMP IT UP Festival)
THE COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK ON-LINE READING
The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
The Coffee Will Make You Black reading group is currently reading The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
Our chat session is scheduled for Sunday, September 14th, 2003 at 6:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time . If you have already read The Marrow of Tradition, 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
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