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eNewsletter September 2017

Bestselling Books July – August 2017

Fiction titles outsold all other genres this period, led by the strength of Sadeqa Johnson’s 2016 novel Second House from the Corner, which was the bestselling book of all. Nonfiction was the 2nd most popular genre, rebounding from weak sales in May and June of 2017. The bestselling nonfiction book was Ivan Van Sertima’s masterwork, They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America, which made our list for the 13th time since 1999! Children’s Book sales, continue to be strong with a nice mixture of new and classic titles with publication dates spanning a period of 50 years. Poetry sells each period for which we report, however sales were insufficient to compile a bestsellers for the genre.


Recommended Reads

We Were 8 Years in PowerWe Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’s iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

If you are in the DC area Join Sankofa Bookstore as they present: Ta-Nehisi Coates Washington, DC’s Book Launch, October 9th.


Yardie by Victor HeadleyYardie by Victor Headley

A literary sensation in England, and originally published by X Press, Yardie introduces us to D., a tough, streetwise man from Jamaica who, using a falsified passport, enters London to deliver a kilo of cocaine to the Spicers, the ruling operation in cocaine distribution. D., knowing it could be his only chance for a break, steals half a kilo and runs out into a city he is entirely unfamiliar with, having only vague contacts from the life he left behind.

Actor Idris Elba will make his directorial debut in 2018 with a film version of this novel.

“Yardie was that noir novel that everyone read …[I’m] making a charismatic film. Yardie is to me what Goodfellas was to Martin Scorsese.” –Idris Elba


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. JamesCrown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James

“A fresh cut makes boys fly.”

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices.

Check out more Children’s and YA literature coming out soon.


A Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter by Nikki GiovanniA Good Cry: What We Learn From Tears and Laughter by Nikki Giovanni

As energetic and relevant as ever, Nikki now offers us an intimate, affecting, and illuminating look at her personal history and the mysteries of her own heart. Giovanni takes us into her confidence, describing the joy and peril of aging and recalling the violence that permeated her parents’ marriage and her early life. She pays homage to the people who have given her life meaning and joy: her grandparents, who took her in and saved her life; the poets and thinkers who have influenced her; and the students who have surrounded her.


Watch a Great Video of This Year’s Black Party

The video was created courtesy of The Tea, which is a terrific web series where books are the topic and women are the voice. The Tea joined us during our annual Black Pack Party this year and truly captured the spirit of our gathering. Check the Black Pack Party video. Learn more about The Tea at www.jointhetea.com


Children’s Africana Book Awards2017 Children’s Africana Book Awards

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa. The awards are presented in two categories: Young Children and Older Readers.

Also check out The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) Festival.


The Top 25 Black-Owned Websites

The Top 25 Black-Owned Websites

I have made it part of AALBC.com’s mission to help promote and uplift independent websites created by, and for, people of African descent. The Top 25 Black Owned SItes represent the most popular of almost 300 popular Black-owned websites considered for inclusion on this list. Be sure to help spread the word about, and visit, some of these great websites.

We can’t allow a few social media gatekeepers to be the only entities who control access to, and profit from, our culture on the web.


A Couple Recent Topics From Our Discussion Forum:

Move Over Nicki Minaj Make Way for Cardi B!
Read the lyrics below and watch the video also. Are the lyrics saying anything? How are females represented? Is it truly representing female empowerment? What is the language telling us and our children? What is the visual telling us and our children? Do you see any connection or relevance to E2E’s “The N-Word’s Multi-Layered Power Structure” video we shared with you a few weeks ago? What role do record and radio company executives play in the music we listen to? What about the artists – what guides their decision (money or artistry)? What do we as consumers and parents allow? Should we be more aware? What do you think is the ultimate impact globally of these lyrics and the image/visual? (What do you think?) —Courtesy of Educate2Empower

Black Men And Trump
“This ‘bend-the-knee’ fall-out is a legitimate news story that doesn’t die because it is so relevant. It doesn’t have to be hyped because it automatically inspires attention by virtue of being about something near and dear to the hearts of most Americans. And the fact that everybody seems to have an opinion on it is an indication of how it strikes a nerve in the population.” (What do you think?) —Cynique

Let us know what you think or start your own conversation. Participate anonymously (if you chose) without fear of your privacy being invaded or your personal information being sold to marketers.


New Mailing List for Authors and Publishers

We have creating a new mailing list just for authors, publishers, and people interested in using AALBC.com to market their products. If you would like to continue receiving resources and information relevant to that demographic, please click the “Join the Mailing List” button below.Join the Mailing List

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Call for Literary Submissions for the 49th NAACP Image Awards
The official call for literary submission for the 49th NAACP Image Awards is now open. Visit the official Image Awards Submissions Portal to submit your book for consideration.


AALBC Prints Books!

AALBC Prints Books TeamWe provide book printing services to independent authors and publishers. We guarantee our results by providing a finished book for your review. Get a quote with our easy to use calculator for the most popular book sizes, including 5.5 x 8.5 and 6 x 9 paperback books.

We have teamed up with BCP Digital Printing, who like AALBC.com, have more than a two decades of experience. We also share their mission to provide you with friendly customer service, high quality results, expert advice, and competitive prices.

Edit 1st clients enjoy a 10% discount on top our already competitive prices and AALBC Prints Books’ customers get 15% off all AALBC.com’s services.


Let AALBC.com be your de facto official website

Authors are best served by maintaining their own websites. I have always assisted authors, as a courtesy, by serving as their de facto official website. Authors Martha Kennerson (marthakennerson.com) and Cavis Adams (cavisadams.com) have recently taken advantage of this free service by pointing their domains to their AALBC.com profile pages. If you are one of the more than 3,200 authors with a profile on AALBC.com and don’t have a website, just ask and we’ll take care of it. If you don’t have a profile on AALBC.com we can create one for you. Just follow the lead of accomplished writers like Elizabeth Nunez (elizabethnunez.com), as seen in the above graphic. Learn how to get started.


How a Book Goes from Writer to Reader in Traditional Publishing by Carol Taylor

  • How a Book Goes from Writer to Reader in Traditional Publishing by Carol TaylorThe writer writes a novel or a nonfiction book proposal.
  • The writer queries a literary agent with a query letter about his novel or his nonfiction book.
  • The agent expresses interest and asks to see the entire novel or the completed nonfiction book proposal.
  • The agent likes the work and agrees to represent the writer.

Read the rest of the article at Edit 1st.


Dear Reader,

Staring with our October eNewsletter, I’m going to remove information which is intended specifically for authors, publishers, or those interested in using AALBC.com to market their books.

The goal is to send readers newsletters more focused on books, authors, and related subjects. Troy, if there is something you’d like to see in our eNewsletter please email me directly.

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AALBC.com eNewsletter – September 27, 2017 – Issue #249

Highlighting Books Needed for Survival

STAY WITH ME by Adebayo Our August 23rd Newsletter is Sponsored by KnopfOur August 23rd Newsletter is Sponsored by Knopf


Expanding Awards Section

Our lists of award winning books have greatly increased in the last couple of weeks. We’ve added;

Book AwardsAs we expand our list of award winning books; the information is immediately factored into our formula for creating our list of The Most Critically Acclaimed Books. The most critically acclaimed books cover almost 50 years and is exclusive to AALBC.com!

There are currently 473 books on our list. You are sure to find a book you’ll enjoy and discover a classic title you may have missed. The critically acclaimed books on our list have earned multiple honors; they have won awards; made our bestseller’s list; or were selected for inclusion on prominent book club’s reading lists. Winning one award is not enough to make this list and being a New York Times or USA Today bestselling book is not a factor.


Recently Reviewed Books

Life AFTER the Down Low by Ingrid M. EllisLife AFTER the Down Low by Ingrid M. Ellis

Life After the Down Low is Ingrid M. Ellis’ honest and harrowing account of her life after finding out that her husband, Bobby, the man she thought she’d spend the rest of her life with, is accused of molesting multiple young boys he mentored as a youth pastor. After Bobby admits to having oral sex with a man, and then presents her with a list of other men he has had sex with, Ellis’ world falls apart. She must come to grips with his admission and maintain structure for their young son Cole, while also wondering if she’s contracted AIDS from Bobby. Read our full review.


Recommended Reads

Wonderful Ethiopians Of The Ancient Cushite Empire by Drusilla Dunjee Houston

Wonderful Ethiopians Of The Ancient Cushite Empire by Drusilla Dunjee Houston

Houston’s brilliant book was originally published in 1926, but is more relevant today than ever before!

“Uninformed men make unsafe leaders. that is the primal cause for so many errors of judgment in state and national councils. We look upon them not as statesmen but as promoters of petty politics, for out of their deliberations spring no alleviation of the woes of the world. It is from this lack of understanding in leadership that the world suffers most today. We could discriminate between the true and false in our civilization, if we knew more about primitive culture. The way by which the first man climbed must ever be the human way. Racial prejudices are the greatest menace to world progress. Classes clash because the wealth of the world concentrates more and more in the hands of a few.” Read the full excerpt.


The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison

America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid?

Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison’s fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books—Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy.


Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions

Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions

Look for Me in the Whirlwind: From the Panther 21 to 21st-Century Revolutions contains the entire original manuscript, and includes new commentary from surviving members of the 21: Sekou Odinga, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Jamal Joseph, and Shaba Om. Still-imprisoned Sundiata Acoli, Imam Jamil Al-Amin, and Mumia Abu-Jamal contribute new essays. Never or rarely seen poetry and prose from Afeni Shakur, Kuwasi Balagoon, Ali Bey Hassan, and Michael “Cetewayo” Tabor is included. Early Panther leader and jazz master Bilal Sunni-Ali adds a historical essay and lyrics from his composition “Look for Me in the Whirlwind,” and coeditors kioni-sadiki, Meyer, and Panther rank-and-file member Cyril “Bullwhip” Innis Jr. help bring the story up to date.


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AALBC.com Mourns the Loss of Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory

The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick GregoryDick Gregory (October 12, 1932 – August 19, 2017), was the rare celebrity who was a true activist. Men of his breed are rare and he will be sorely missed.

Gregory’s last book The Most Defining Moments in Black History According to Dick Gregory will be released by Amistad Books on September 5th.

In his final book, Gregory, as always, shows us how we are manipulated with lies that are not obvious unless we look. Gregory uses humor and brutal honesty to make sure our eyes are open. These days, our eyes will need to be wide open if we are going to survive as a people and a nation.


Dear Reader,

Troy Johnson LIterary Activist of the YearBeginning this fall, I’m going to remove information from this newsletter which is intended for those interested in using AALBC.com to market their books.

The goal is to provide both marketers and readers information they are most interested in receiving by separating the two audiences. Of course, many subscribers will fall into both categories. Please click here if you are interested in joining the list for authors and publishers.

As always, Troy, this website is only be as strong as its supporters. If you truly value and believe in uplifting Black literature; please support AALBC.com by;

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Consider sponsoring our eNewsletter or a dedicated mailing.AALBC.com LogoAALBC.com eNewsletter – August 23, 2017 – Issue #248

A Special Note for Authors, Publishers, and Book Promoters

“There are some online services that specialize in books for blacks…The most successful is the African American Literature Book Club (www.aalbc.com), which was started in 1997…”
The New York Times

The quote above is from an article which appeared in the New York Times, on January 11, 2001. AALBC.com has only grown larger and more comprehensive since then.

This email is written for authors, publishers, and anyone interested in book marketing to help them take advantage of AALBC.com’s features and services. Join our new Authors and Publishers Mailing List to receive emails like this once a month (at most).


Introducing AALBC.com’s New Seal for Bestselling Books

AALBC.comn Bestselling Book SealOur bestseller seal may be used on any AALBC.com bestselling book. To see if your book qualifies, you may review a complete list of AALBC.com bestselling books. A high resolution version of our seal with a transparent background is provided here for your convenience.

AALBC.com bestselling publishers and authors are free to use our Bestselling Book Seal on their book covers and promotional material, in physical and electronic formats, without prior permission from AALBC.com. AALBC.com bestseller status is conferred to the book’s title independent of its format.


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Let AALBC.com Be Your Official Web Presence

Authors are best served by maintaining their own websites. I have always assisted authors, as a courtesy, by serving as their de facto official website. Authors Martha Kennerson (marthakennerson.com) and Cavis Adams (cavisadams.com) have recently taken advantage of this free service by pointing their domains to their AALBC.com profile pages. If you are one of the more than 3,100 authors with a profile on AALBC.com and don’t have a website, just ask and we’ll take care of it. If you don’t have a profile on AALBC.com we can create one for you.

You can also enhance your existing author profile by including your social media feeds, events calendar, and customizing the buy links for your books. You will effectively have a full featured website, for a fraction of the cost, and without worrying about a disappearing webmaster. Join award-winning author Elizabeth Nunez (elizabethnunez.com) and independently published author Christopher D. Burns (chrisdburns.com), by taking advantage of this service. I use it myself, troydjohnson.com.

I’m a GoDaddy Pro with over 20 years of web development experience. I also teach web design at the college level. You’ll be in good hands. Learn more here.


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