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  1. Pursue your literary passion or hone workplace skills in Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing, offering low-residency graduate programs in one, two, or four semesters. Option to earn an MA and MFA for about the cost of the MFA. Flexible, affordable, supportive, committed to excellence. Financial aid available. http://spalding.edu/schoolofwriting AALBC Bestselling Books June 2019 Fiction: Fiction titles were the most popular genre this period. The category was led by Raisins in Milk by David Covin. We are particularly proud of this title as it is perhaps the first book written, published, designed, and printed by Black owned companies, to make AALBC’s bestsellers list. Raisins in Milk is also the first book to sport AALBC’s Bestsellers Seal, on the printed book. Nonfiction: The brand new book, Life Is God’s Best Gift: Wisdom from the Ancestors on Finding Peace and Joy in Today’s World, by Sam Chege led all other nonfiction titles by a large margin. Children’s Books: The super-talented duo of poet Kwame Alexander and artist Kadir Nelson, bring us the top selling Children’s book, The Undefeated. Poetry: There were not enough poetry book sales, this period, to generate a bestsellers list for poetry. We encourage you to check out the poetry books recently nominated for a Hurston/Wright Award or search our site for some excellent poetry. Purchase the Killens Review of Arts & Letters from AALBC Published by the Center for Black Literature, the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, a biannual, peer-reviewed journal, includes creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, short stories, and visual art by newly discovered writers of the African diaspora as well as works by established writers and artists. The Killens Review welcomes the works of poets, novelists, short story writers, playwrights, journalists, essayists, scholars, newly discovered writers, and artists whose literature and artwork speak to the general public and to an intergenerational range of readers represented throughout the African diaspora, and whose works are oftentimes overlooked by publishers and literary circles. A limited number of copies of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters are available online, exclusively from AALBC. John A. Williams Classic Books For Sale John A. Williams, who passed on July 3, 2015, at the age of 89, was one of America’s finest writers. He was skilled in a variety of genres poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His sharp critique of the racism embedded in our culture is perhaps the reason Williams did not enjoy the celebrity his writing deserved. Mr. Williams sold AALBC several of his titles, some autographed, and we are making those titles available to you to enjoy. We have fours titles left, Captain Blackman, Flashbacks, Clifford’s Blues, and !Click Song. Quantities are limited. Visit our store and get your copy today! Review: Adventures of the Rich and Famous “The right friends can motivate you best when it matters the most, just like the young trio in Tae Edmonds’ book, Adventures of the Rich and Famous. A buried treasure that holds special powers allows the pals to take a vivid glimpse into the future. The endless possibilities are narrowed down into a futuristic preview, of sorts, that exposes the true calling of the youngsters who are budding with potential. With a firm grasp on an extraordinary timepiece and wishful thinking, the ardent threesome is propelled into an alternate world of positive life choices that result in ideal career paths.” Read the entire review ► AALBC’s New Website Search Engine Over a period of 22 years, AALBC.com has compiled a massive collection of information on Black writers. As a result, we have one really humongous website! One of the easiest ways to find the information you desire is with our new search engine. You can find information on a wide variety of topics including Children’s Books, the Black Arts Movement, Lists of Books, and even more about AALBC's Founder Troy Johnson. In addition, you can also find books in over 1,500 categories and discover the authors who write in those categories. New AALBC Bookstore — AALBC.store AALBC is the largest, oldest, and most frequently visited website dedicated to books written by, or about, people of African Descent. However, as any independent bookseller can tell you, in the “Age of am*zon,” the direct sale of books is extremely challenging. AALBC is not fueled by Wall Street investors, so we can not sell books below cost or ship them at a loss. But every time someone tells us that they’ve discovered a book or author they loved, on our site, we recognize that we provide a service that am*zon won’t — highlighting the diversity of Black literature. In 2019, we have fewer platforms promoting Black books and writers than we’ve had in generations. We can’t allow am*zon, alone, to determine which books and writers are important. Go out of your way to support an independent bookseller, you’ll benefit in the long run. Events Austin’s African American Book Festival Austin’s African American Book Festival celebrated it’s 13th anniversary promoting literature, by and about, African Americans at the Carver Museum and Library, on June 22. Here are photos from the 2019 Austin African-American Book Festival. Here is a YouTube playlist of videos covering the event. Bryce Newberry, of KVUE (Austin’s CBS affiliate), broadcasted a brief interview with Troy Johnson. We’ll share the 2020 date as soon as it is available. Go on Girl! Book Club Reading List Go On Girl! Book Club recently announced their reading list for the 2nd half of 2019. As always, you are sure to find a great read from this carefully selected list of books. Added Bonus: Half of the profit from the direct sales of books on the Go On Girl! reading list will be donated to the Go On Girl! Book Club’s Scholarship Fund. Another benefit of buying directly from AALBC. Resources for Writers We share a wealth of information for both professional and aspiring writers. We provide manuscript editing, book printing, domain name registration (and parking), and a variety of other tools and articles to help writers produce their best possible book. We also share lists of bookstores, book clubs, book websites, and provide a variety of advertising opportunities to help authors and publishers connect with the readers who will enjoy their books the most. Visit our Resources Section ► Hello Reader, Our new store allows AALBC to directly sell books and magazines that even am*zon can’t sell. Our newly enhanced search engine allows readers to find the content they are seeking much more easily. I’ve been able to cover events, pay writers, and develop alliances all because of your support and patronage. Thank you! Independent booksellers, like AALBC, can thrive only with your support. When you discover something of value on AALBC please be sure to share the information with others. If you value what we do, please purchase your subscription to this newsletter. If you have already paid for an annual subscription, thank you so much on behalf of AALBC and the writers whose work you are helping to support. Peace and Love, Troy Johnson Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com This email is sponsored by Spalding University Our newsletter may be read on your Kindle ebook reader or via RSS. Consider sponsoring our eNewsletter or a dedicated mailing. ★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – July 31, 2019 - Issue #274
  2. Dear Reader, Thirteen years ago I met Shaka Senghor. I was a young activist who wanted to change the world and he was a man serving a 17-40 year sentence for second degree murder. Through countless letters and phone calls and visits, we fell deeply in love. No one in my family understood why I was waiting on a man in prison. My friends thought I was crazy. I felt incredibly alone. But Shaka and I had an intense spiritual connection — it was as if God had created him just for me — so I ignored other people’s fears and took a chance on love. Almost from the start we dreamed about our happily-ever-after. We were going to build wealth in our community, travel the world, and make some beautiful brown babies. But happily-ever-after doesn’t always look the way you think it will. Once Shaka came home, the scars from his life on the streets and his 19-year incarceration proved to be far deeper than either of us realized. His homecoming turned out to be the beginning of the end. The Love Prison Made and UnMade is a story of love, sacrifice, courage, and forgiveness. It is a stark reminder of the emotional costs of American justice on human lives and it is my hope that it sparks much needed conversation about the impact prison has on lives long after the homecoming. I would love to hear from you and your thoughts on the book. Please connect with me on Instagram @loveisoursuperpower or on Facebook @EbonyRobertsPhD. You can also subscribe to my mailing list at www.theloveprisonmade.com. In gratitude, Ebony Roberts This email is sponsored by Amistad Our newsletter may be read on your Kindle ebook reader or via RSS. Consider sponsoring our eNewsletter or a dedicated mailing.
  3. Hello Reader, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ film includes discussions about Morrison’s many critically acclaimed works, including novels The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University. In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel Beloved into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson and Kerry James Marshall. Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Will be in Theaters Starting June 21st Get Tickets Watch the Trailer This email is sponsored by Magnolia Pictures Our newsletter may be read on your Kindle ebook reader or via RSS. Consider sponsoring our eNewsletter or a dedicated mailing.
  4. AALBC’s Online Book Club’s Summer Reading List Participating in AALBC’s Online Book Club is easy. Discussions are held on the book’s description page, where it says “Join the discussion….” Feel free to join us anytime; discussions are not limited to the month the book was selected and anyone may join the conversation. June Book Club Selection: The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison Toni Morrison’s, The Origin of Others causes the reader to think about identity: what group does one belong to, who are those like self, and who are those not like self? Join the conversation ► July Book Club Selection: Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead A warm, funny, and supremely original new novel from one of the most acclaimed writers in America. Our discussion questions have been posted. Join the conversation ► Help Choose Our August 2019 Book What Book Would You Like to Read and Discuss? Starting in August, we will take selections, for our reading list, from our readers. You may submit your book choices here ► Video: The Hollywoodification of Madam C. J. Walker's Story A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great-granddaughter of Madam C. J. Walker, describes how the upcoming film on Walker’s life has distorted Madam Walker’s story. The video was recorded during the 2019 Austin African American Book Festival, which was held in Austin, Texas June 22, 2019. Hello Reader, I’m often asked; “What can I do to support AALBC?” A great way is to engage on our platform. Every book and author page on AALBC has a place where comments may be shared. We have also maintain one of the web’s oldest, continuously running, discussion forums. Our online book club, which was the focus of this newsletter, is a fun way to discuss the book we’ve chosen for the month. AALBC is “Social,” but without the invasion of privacy, psychological manipulation, and greed. Patronizing AALBC and sharing information, you find valuable, with others is also very important to ensuring readers and writers have an independent, online, platform to share our stories and ideas. Peace and Love, Troy Johnson Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com This email is sponsored by Amistad Our newsletter may be read on your Kindle ebook reader or via RSS. Consider sponsoring our eNewsletter or a dedicated mailing. ★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – June 25, 2019 - Issue #273
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