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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieThe Tea’s October SelectionWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Watch a video of The Tea’s discussion.


The Fire Next Time by James BaldwinGo On Girl! Book Club’s October SelectionThe Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

▪ Voted #71 of the Top 100 Books of the 20th Century
▪ 1 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
▪ Selected for 2 Book Clubs’s Reading Lists
▪ Honored by the National Book Awards in 1964
▪ A QBR 100 Essential Black Book

Originally published in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. Sales of The Fire Next Time on AALBC.com helps support Go On Girl! Book Club’s scholarship fund.


The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey MooreFolktales’ Black Women’s Literary Society’s October SelectionThe Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues by Edward Kelsey Moore

From the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues, an exuberant and poignant novel of passions, family, and forgiveness. When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman’s Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club’s parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons,…


Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is Our #2 All-Time Bestselling Author
Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu is Our #2 All-Time Bestselling Author

Dr. Kunjufu has made AALBC.com bestsellers list an astonishing 85 times with 16 different books! His book focus on the subject educating Black boys.

“I’ve read The Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys about five times over the last 25 years or so. Anybody who has a relationship with a black boy should read this book.”—Reginald Johnson


Would You Stop Buying Books from Amazon.com to Save the Book Industry?Would You Stop Buying Books from Amazon.com to Save the Book Industry?

As Amazon’s dominance approaches that of true monopoly, the influence of all other booksellers is virtually eliminated. As a result, the discoverability of books is driven by a revenue-maximizing-algorithm rather than curated by a caring human being who knows both books and their readers.

Boycotting Amazon’s bookstore might mean, at least initially, that you’ll have pay a little more for books, or you’ll wait a little longer to get them, but it will also mean you’ll be more likely to enjoy the books you do purchase. Review the results of our survey. Whether you are for or against a boycott of Amazon’s bookstore the comments will surprise you.


Recently Published Noteworthy BooksRecently Published Books of Note

Faces of Praise!: Photos and Gospel Inspirations to Encourage and Uplift by Carol Mackey: This full-color photo gift book that turns chart-topping contemporary gospel music into Bible-based devotions is a three-way blessing for readers: a perfect companion to favorite gospel recordings, an encouraging daily devotional and a unique photo collection.

Pelé: The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon: This graphic novel beautifully depicts Pele’s (widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time) rise from the slums of Brazil to the national stage.

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Gates gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Joel Augustus Rogers’ work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African-American history in question-and-answer format.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.Longlist for a 2017 National Book Award – Young People’s Literature

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina: In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.


Colin Kaepernick Signs a $1 Million+ Book DealColin Kaepernick Signs a $1 Million+ Book Deal

“Colin Kaepernick has inked a book deal worth just over $1 million with Random House imprint One World, Page Six has exclusively learned. One World’s headed by book world superstar Chris Jackson, who also publishes Jay-Z and Ta-Nehisi Coates. He launched One World last year.” —The New York Post (10/24/2017)

One World was founded in 1992 and was on the leading edge of imprints created to meet the demand of books telling stories written by and featuring African Americans, a period which only lasted about a decade. One World was relaunched after several years of inactivity. Jackson has been named Editor-in-Chief of the imprint, making him the most powerful Black man in mainstream publishing.


Help Fund Black Documents: Mosaic Literary ConferenceHelp Fund Black Documents: Mosaic Literary Conference

Help fund this year’s Black Documents: Mosaic Literary Conference and related exhibitions. They can’t reach their goal to support Black literature, education, and social causes without your support.

Black Documents: Mosaic Literary Conference will explore historical and contemporary presentations of black identity in literature, media, and photography; and how self-affirming imagery and text can counter negative stereotypes. To this end, the conference will also present photography exhibits Jamel Shabazz: Black Documents and Black Documents: Freedom.

To make it happen, they need your support. Go to their Kickstarter and give what you can. Rewards include exhibit catalogue, posters, book sets, totes and more.


“We Must Patronize Black-Owned Websites or Lose Them”We Must Patronize Black-Owned Websites or Lose Them

Part of AALBC.com’s mission to help promote and uplift independent websites created by, and for, people of African descent. The Top 50 Black Owned SItes represent the strongest of over 300 popular Black-owned 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. Read some of the feedback for this project and why it was started.


New Mailing List for Authors and Publishers

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In a world where we are losing Black-owned websites, of all types, and websites that cover Black books in particular, it is important to emphasize that AALBC.com exists as a result of your patronage and support—In fact, AALBC.com will thrive because of it!

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AALBC.com eNewsletter – October 26, 2017 – Issue #250

March 28, 2017 Newsletter — Book Recommendations, News, Contests, and More

Top 120 Children’s Books from the Past 50 YearsTop 120 Children’s Books from the Past 50 Years

Our list of the Top 120 Children’s Books published over the last half century is updated on an ongoing basis and reflects some of the best, most beautifully illustrated books published in the past 50 years. Most are awarding winning, critically acclaimed, titles. Some have become obscure over years, and some were independently published and never enjoyed a large platform to gain a significant audience. The Illustration above is by Leo & Diane Dillon and is from the book Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions.


New Books Coming Out April 2017New Books Coming Out April 2017

Learn about these and other excellent new books coming out this month and in the coming months.


AALBC.com Mourns the Loss of Poet Mari EvansAALBC.com Mourns the Loss of Poet Mari Evans

Evans’ poetic voice helped define the 1960s Black Arts Movement. Over the course of her career, Evans has been a distinguished writer and university educator. She has taught at Cornell University, Indiana University, the State University of New York at Albany, the University of Miami at Coral Gables, and at Spelman College. She is the author of numerous articles, children’s books, plays, musicals, and books of poetry.


Kimberla Lawson Roby, Beatrix Williams and Shelly Shepard Gray described their favorite independent bookstores New York Times best-selling authors, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Beatrix Williams and Shelly Shepard Gray described their favorite independent bookstores during the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, which was held March 18 at Centennial Park in Fort Myers, Florida.


Recently Reviewed Books

izzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid by Dina C. TateLizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid by Dina C. Tate

Dina C. Tate set up Global Girls Squad LLC in order to develop and self-publish a series of chapter books for young girls of color. The idea is to set young heroines, Lizzie and McKenzie, on adventures that will have them traveling the world, learning about other cultures, and celebrate being different.

Tate makes a fine start in accomplishing her goal of, inspiring young girls to read about different cultures in her first installment, Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid. The adventure actually drives the story. Learning about Madrid is simply part of the adventure. Exposure to other cultures in this fashion is sure to make the learning process fun. Young readers will certainly look forward to more of Lizzie and McKenzie’s adventures as they learn about other places around the world.


Recommended Reads

Obama: From Promise to Power by David MendellObama: From Promise to Power by David Mendell

“I recommend this wonderful book to anyone who wants to know the real story behind Barack Obama’s historic rise to national political stardom. Having covered Obama since his Senate campaign began, David Mendell offers an insightful, richly detailed and refreshingly balanced account of a ‘change candidate’ who was neither as perfect or as flawed as others might want you to believe.” —Clarence Page

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea BeatyAda Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!


The Black Panther Party [Reconsidered] – Download the First 20 Pages for FreeThe Black Panther Party [Reconsidered] – Download the First 20 Pages for Free

The Black Panthers was the most effective grassroots black revolutionary group in American history — but one whose legend, replayed in sensationalized news stories, a major movie, and countless publications, has outlived the group itself. Featuring never-before-published reflections from former members as well as tables and illustrations, this pioneering collection of essays examines this unique organization in depth using a new approach that places the views of former Panthers alongside those of historians and cultural commentators. The result is a vital dialogue between inside and outside perceptions and realities. A section on gender dynamics offers a much-needed examination of the role of women in the Party. Other essays in the volume address the social forces that gave rise to the Party, the organizational dynamics involved in maintaining its activities, and the internal and external factors that eventually contributed to the Party’s decline.


We Could Be Brothers by Derrick Barnes

In this middle-grade novel by Derrick Barnes, two thirteen- year-old African-American boys become friends during a three-day stint in an after-school suspension. They were both involved in two unrelated incidents with the same person, the resident menace at Alain Locke Middle, Tariq Molten. During this three-day span, the young men visit each other’s homes and chop it up on a variety of subjects including respect of self and Black women, the dire state of hip-hop music, the use of the dreaded N word, and masculinity. Before long, the three boys are on a collision course.


130+ Book Events, Fairs, Festivals, and Conferences

acramento Black Book Festival - June 2-3, 2017Sacramento Black Book Festival – June 2-3, 2017

The Fourth Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair will feature more than seventy authors of African descent, showcasing and highlighting a diverse spectrum of authors and literature, from contemporary and historical fiction, to anthologies, poetry, academic books; children’s stories and books, non-fiction to biographies, self- help, and inspirational, religious, and financial works. AALBC.com’s founder, Troy Johnson will be giving a talk on “The Corporatization of the World Wide Web and its the Impact on the Black Book Ecosystem.”

Learn more about this festival and more than130 others coming up over the next 12 months, in our events section.


Win Two Books by Kimberla Lawson Roby

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Three winners will be randomly selected from the first 10 responses. Winners will receive Kimberla Lawson Roby latest book Copycat, and an early prepublication version (a “galley”) of Kimberla’s next book, Sin of a Woman.

The winners of this prize have already been selected. To learn about future prizes visit our contest page.


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Dear Reader,

Troy Johnson Head shotIn the first 18 years of running AALBC.com, I’ve profiled more than 900 authors. In the past year alone, I’ve added profiles of 2,000 more authors—that’s an increase from 1 new author profile per week to 1 new profile every 5 hours!

Not only has the number of authors increased, but the quality of their presentation has improved dramatically as well. Each of the author’s books has its own page. If the book has won an award, is on a bookclub’s reading list, or is reviewed there are links to pages with more details on all of that information. Ta-Nehisi Coates book, Between The World And Me, is a good example.

Each individual book’s buy links are customized to get readers the best deal—even if it means sending them to another bookseller. Consider Misty Copeland’s new book, Ballerina Body: Dancing and Eating Your Way to a Leaner, Stronger, and More Graceful You; autographed copies are available from Mahogany Books, and our buy links will prominently reflect this deal as long as it is available.

For this reason, more some authors, like critically acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Nunez, use AALBC.com as their primary web presence. This is just one example of many improvements to AALBC.com.

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Troy Johnson
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