December eNewsletter Great New Children’s Books and More

Great Children’s Books Coming Soon
Great books for children feature Black characters

I’m always on lookout terrific for children’s books, even before they are available for sale, so that you can learn about them here first. The list of children’s books coming out soon is regularly updated, so visit the page often. Upcoming book lists are also maintained for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2017
100 New York Time Notable Books

The New York Times publishes a list of “100 Notable Books” each year. The fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books are selected annually by the editors of “The New York Times Book Review,” and represents the most notable books reviewed during the prior 12 months. The authors of African descent who made the “Notables” list are highlighted on The list currently contains four years of information and will expand to include the earlier years. The “Notables” list is also a factor considered in determining our Most Critically Acclaimed Books.

100 Bookstores to do Your Holiday Shopping

100+ Black Owned Bookstores SHown on a MapIf you are fortunate enough to live near a Black-owned bookstore, make sure you patronize it for your holiday shopping this year.

Need help finding one? Here is a list of more than 100 Black-owned bookstores and a few others who serve the Black community. Also, look out for more information about the 2018 #readingblackout; a year of reading Black books and buying them from Black booksellers.

FreeThinkers Lecture Series 2018 — January 5, 2017 — Troy Johnson, President of AALBC.comFreeThinkers Lecture Series 2018 — January 5, 2017 — Troy Johnson, President of

“Google’s, Facebook’s, and Amazon’s Adverse Impact on Us All”
How these powers have taken control of the world wide web, and how we are adversely impacted. Covers the issue of privacy; how our personal data is used to manipulate us into consuming more; how we are less informed despite access to more information; how our social interactions are worsened as a result of social media, and more.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota
3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232
​Everyone is Welcome! ​Admission is Free. Donations are Welcome.


“I have long been a believer in Independent Black Institutions. I think that is the strongest base for Black people in every sector of human achievement. We have to do for self. We can work with others, we can use their vehicles, even their support. But we can rely only upon ourselves, and we must discover and implement the most effective means for doing precisely that. We must begin with experimentation.”
Dr. David Covin, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Blue Nile Press

Dear Reader,

Troy Johnson Wearing Santa HatI sold my first book, on the World Wide Web, in December of 1997. When I sold the book, (then was only an experiment. However, just a few month later, in March of 1998, was no longer an experiment, but a passion.

2017 has been a interesting year for me. There were both professional and personal challenges, but challenges bring opportunities. Indeed, the challenge of complying with Google’s search engine requirements (compliance is mandatory for a site to be discoverable via search) helped make a far better website. As a result, 2017 will be record year for the number of people who have visited the website. visitors also stay on the site longer and read more pages than ever before!

This holiday season enjoy time with family, friends, and the company of a good book (or two). As always, your business and support is the only reason has lasted 20 years and is the only reason it will last another 20.

Peace & Love,
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Troy Johnson,
Founder & Webmaster,

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Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.