Troy Johnson

“Black Literature is for Everyone” —Troy Johnson, President

Troy D. Johnson,, LLC Founder and President


Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club).  Launched in March of 1998, is now the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited website dedicated to books by and about people of African descent.  In addition to, Mr. Johnson has founded several other internet based businesses including;, a manuscript editing service; Huria Search, a website dedicated to providing information about independent, Black owned websites; and The Power List, which publishes the only national bestsellers list focused on books read by African-Americans.  Through his “One-On-One Internet Consulting”, Troy shares his wealth of experience and knowledge with individuals and groups. Troy is also a popular blogger, who writes about books, publishing, the World Wide Web, and Black culture..

In addition, to his entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Johnson has over 20 years of corporate experience, in roles ranging from designing wide area networks to managing international projects for companies including Goldman Sachs, United Technologies and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Troy delivering Syracuse University's Engineering Undergraduats Convocation Speech May 2010As an educator, Johnson teaches web design at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.  He also teaches courses, at the Queens Library, to prepare adult students to earn their High School Equivalency Diplomas.

Johnson has presented at numerous conferences and seminars throughout the country including Book Expo America, The National Black Writers Conference, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, Sacred Circle/Spoken Word International Festival, The Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival, The Kingston Book Festival, Small Press Center’s New York Round Table Writers’ Conference, The National Black Book Festival, Harvard African American Student Union and many others (see a partial list below).  Johnson has also made numerous radio and television appearances including C-SPAN2’s BookTV.

Johnson has been recognized in articles that have appeared in Publishers Weekly, The Amsterdam News, The New York Times, Essence Magazine, Black Issues Book Review, The Network Journal, The New York Beacon, Emerge Magazine, Black Enterprise, The Philadelphia Sun, and many other publications.  As a blogger his articles are often cited and referenced throughout the internet  He has also written articles and provided content to publications ranging from Mosaic Literary Magazine, the Electronic Urban Report, and the Black EOE Journal.

Troy with studentsMr. Johnson has served on numerous advisory boards and committees including the Syracuse University Alumni Association Board, Literary Freedom Project, Harlem World Magazine, The Charlotte Book Fair, The African American Literary Awards Show, The Harlem Book Fair, Black American’s in Publishing and New York is Book Country.

He is also the recipient of many awards and honors. In 2012 Johnson received The Literary Trailblazers Award from the African American Literary Awards Show.  He was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for “Extraordinary Contributions to the Literacy Legacy of Los Angeles”, An “Outstanding Alumni Award” from Syracuse University, and a “Citation for Excellence” from Grumman Corporation as well as other honors and awards. His website was listed by EarthLink as one of “The 100 Best Web Sites for African Americans”.  In 2005 he was named one of the 50 Most Powerful African Americans in Publishing by Black Issues Book Review magazine.

Mr. Johnson holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, an MS from Polytechnic University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has also completed Stanford University’s Publishing on the Web course.  He has two daughters and lives with his family in Harlem, New York.

Listen to an Interview of Troy Johnson Interviewed by Lee E. Meadows on Detroit’s WPON’s “Book Beat” February 4, 1999

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Contact Information:

Troy Johnson
1325 5th Ave, Suite 2K
New York, NY 10029
(347) 692-2522

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