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Click for more detail about Running to Fall: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon Running to Fall: A Novel

by Kalisha Buckhanon
AALBC Aspire (Nov 01, 2022)
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From the award-winning author of Speaking of Summer comes a suspenseful, truthful look into the lives of women who drink to survive or just to cope, with a provocative narrator who carries readers along an emotional journey to acceptance.

Tragedy and Victor Powell have moved to the desirable but dark Grayson Glens enclave of dream homes just outside of Chicago. Stressed urbanites, they’ve got to live large in real life to stay large online. With only a few blacks in their elite gated community, they settle in but never quite feel at home. Then, a missing young black woman floats up in the Grayson River.

Is the spirit of the mysterious scarlet-lettered woman, Raven McCoy, haunting Grayson during the pandemic?

Tragedy, haunted by her own difficult checkered past versus Victor’s sterling history, thinks so. The pressure to manage his image for profit drives her to drink, even when his trying teen daughter visits. But Victor’s ex-wife, the Grayson gossip and a female detective all close in on Tragedy’s unraveling life. Then Tragedy spirals into addiction, past secrets and the local women’s fight for justice for a woman.

Praise for Running to Fall

“Atmospheric, lyrical, and full of surprises, Running to Fall is a mystery wrapped inside a moving story of love, female relationships, and how darkness lurks under even the most idyllic surfaces. Layered characters and beautiful prose pulled me into the gripping narrative, rooting for troubled Tragedy even as her life unravels. Buckhanon is a powerful writer, and one to watch, and her latest outing is as breathlessly suspenseful as it is deep.”
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Running to Fall is the compelling tale of a complicated woman haunted by her past, in a world haunted by a pandemic. It is the story of a woman named Tragedy, and the story behind her name. Her yearning for connection, refuge, and a stable home is masterfully juxtaposed against the isolation imposed on her by the alienating setting, as one of few Black residents of an Illinois exurb. She encounters a cast of equally complex women with their own secrets and regrets as she faces difficult truths and choices.”
Tiffany Gholar, author of A Bitter Pill to Swallow and The Unforeseeable Future

The Audiobook is read by Shari Peele

Running to Fall is available for sale at Bookshop.org, your favorite independent bookstore, and wherever books are sold.


Running to Fall is distributed by Ingram Content Group and Black Books Wholesale

Book Review

Click for more detail about Running to Fall: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon Running to Fall: A Novel

by Kalisha Buckhanon
AALBC Aspire (Nov 01, 2022)
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Also Available in Paperback

From the award-winning author of Speaking of Summer comes a suspenseful, truthful look into the lives of women who drink to survive or just to cope, with a provocative narrator who carries readers along an emotional journey to acceptance.

Tragedy and Victor Powell have moved to the desirable but dark Grayson Glens enclave of dream homes just outside of Chicago. Stressed urbanites, they’ve got to live large in real life to stay large online. With only a few blacks in their elite gated community, they settle in but never quite feel at home. Then, a missing young black woman floats up in the Grayson River.

Is the spirit of the mysterious scarlet-lettered woman, Raven McCoy, haunting Grayson during the pandemic?

Tragedy, haunted by her own difficult checkered past versus Victor’s sterling history, thinks so. The pressure to manage his image for profit drives her to drink, even when his trying teen daughter visits. But Victor’s ex-wife, the Grayson gossip and a female detective all close in on Tragedy’s unraveling life. Then Tragedy spirals into addiction, past secrets and the local women’s fight for justice for a woman.

Praise for Running to Fall

“Atmospheric, lyrical, and full of surprises, Running to Fall is a mystery wrapped inside a moving story of love, female relationships, and how darkness lurks under even the most idyllic surfaces. Layered characters and beautiful prose pulled me into the gripping narrative, rooting for troubled Tragedy even as her life unravels. Buckhanon is a powerful writer, and one to watch, and her latest outing is as breathlessly suspenseful as it is deep.”
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Running to Fall is the compelling tale of a complicated woman haunted by her past, in a world haunted by a pandemic. It is the story of a woman named Tragedy, and the story behind her name. Her yearning for connection, refuge, and a stable home is masterfully juxtaposed against the isolation imposed on her by the alienating setting, as one of few Black residents of an Illinois exurb. She encounters a cast of equally complex women with their own secrets and regrets as she faces difficult truths and choices.”
Tiffany Gholar, author of A Bitter Pill to Swallow and The Unforeseeable Future

The Audiobook is read by Shari Peele

Running to Fall is available for sale at Bookshop.org, your favorite independent bookstore, and wherever books are sold.


Running to Fall is distributed by Ingram Content Group and Black Books Wholesale


Click for more detail about The Top Cities for Readers of African American Literature by Troy Johnson The Top Cities for Readers of African American Literature

by Troy Johnson
AALBC.com (Oct 21, 2014)
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Out of Print — Look out for the 2018 Edition

AALBC.com assessed the relative strengths of almost 300 American cities, to determine which ones are best able to provide environments that are supportive of, and conducive to, the enjoyment of African American Literature.

Our 2014 list improves on our original list, first published in 2013, by considering more factors for each city. Some of the factors we considered and evaluated included the:

  • number of library visits per capita;
  • number of African American book clubs;
  • number of African American book stores;
  • city having a minimum population of 100,000;
  • percentage of African Americans relative to city’s overall population;
  • number of book events for African American readers;
  • number of African American owned newspapers;
  • number of websites dedicated African American books (city of the web site’s founder);
  • quality (length of visit, number of pages viewed, duration of stay) to the AALBC.com website, over the past 365 days; and
  • more.

We also took points away from cities with strong negative indicators for African American literacy as reflected on reports like, The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males 2010.

Finally, rather than ranking these cities, as we did last year, we decided to group the cities into tiers and sort the cities alphabetically within each tier. This article is intended to inform readers which cities are supportive of African American literature by providing the best resources for both readers and authors, and to acknowledge each city’s contribution to that effort.


Click for more detail about AALBC.com’s Founder’s Blog by Troy Johnson AALBC.com’s Founder’s Blog

by Troy Johnson
AALBC.com (Jul 31, 2011)
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Founded in 1997, AALBC.com is the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books by and about people of African descent.

AALBC.com’s founder, Troy Johnson’s a shares a wealth of information about books written by or about people of African descent. Readers of any background can discover a great read here

Troy also shares his insight on topics ranging from the publishing industry, technology and social media.