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  1. 2013 Harlem Book Fair Celebrates New Voices, New Vision Dear Book Lovers & Words People, The weekend of July 19 marks the 15th anniversary of the Harlem Book Fair and we are asking you to join us for a most signature event. Along with our outdoor celebration of books, authors, and exhibitors, our author main stage, indoor author panel discussions, readings and workshops will offer surprising and engaging entertainment for every type of booklover. Under the banner of New Voices, New Vision, we will celebrate theater, books to film, e-book authors and e-book workshops (I know you like to turn that page but trust when I say e-readers are seductive and here to stay. I have 5 two-hundred page books by my bed waiting to be read! How many do you have???) We can talk about it at the Harlem Book Fair. Leading up to the book fair are the Friday night Wheatley Book Awards at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Featuring the music of Atiba Wilson and the Befo Quotet, and the Harlem Book Fair Poets of the Dispossessed, the Grammy Awards will have nothing on this event. You can preview our awards nominees now (or nominate your own) at the Wheatley Awards Nominations page. Here is your link to your reservation to the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards Program. Reserve seats now or forever hold your peace (I had to look that one up.) Does it sound like I am having fun? Does it sound like I am excited by the 15th Anniversary celebration of the Harlem Book Fair? I am. And check out our hotel discounts from Aloft Harlem and Marriott Hotel partners! Books, Film, Theater, E-Books, Music, Poetry, Food, and Awards? File this one under Too Good to Miss. Here is your link to your HBF 2013 Exhibitor Application. A whole bunch of somebodies are going to want to buy your book! Please set your calendars and pass the Word! Words People, this is our event and we are going to fill the house! See you in July! The QBR Wheatley Book Awards The QBR Wheatley Book Awards will recognize the best African American books and writers in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Children's books. Special awards will be also given for Publisher of the Year and Poet of the Year. Music and Entertainment by Atiba Wilson & the Befo' Quotet and Poets of the Dispossessed. Seating on first-come basis only. Join us for a stellar night of music, literary awards, and memorable entertainment on the night before the Harlem Book Fair (Saturday, July 20). Reserve your seat and visit QBR or www.harlembookfair.com to vote for the award nominees. (You need not attend to vote.) Max Rodriguez Founder, Harlem Book Fair
  2. The National Literary Network Organization INC presents 3rd annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival Sunday July 14, 2013 at 12pm-6pm, at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park: 1417 Thames St, Baltimore MD 21231. Celebrating Baltimore's ONLY book festival focusing on African American literature and entertainment Featuring 2013 BUBF Sip and Sign Q and A (Complimentary glass of wine included) with Caroline Jhingory hosted by The Book Looks own Charisse Carney-Nunes taped live by The Book Look Donna Hill hosted by EDC creations Ella Curry, Sadequa Johnson hosted by Sharon Lucas of the Reading Divas Book Club, Angela Stanton hosted by TBA Calling All authors of All genres: Author/Publishing table available,register now Register Now for our Poetry Spoken Word hour Book Clubs register for your free admission and gifts Volunteers wanted Sponsorship opportunities are available and Food vendors wanted to register log on to our new website www.baltimoreurbanbookfestival.org Sponsored by: AALBC.com.Mosiac books,Mahogany books,The Book Look,The Literary Network,EDC creations, Baltimore Times,Rolling Out magazine,The Literary Joint book store.
  3. Read about a real life "DJango" in David S. Cecelski's new book "The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves' Civil War" I have to admit, I never heard of Galloway prior to posting the review of the book about his life. How many more figures from American history would be just as, or even more, inspiring? So much energy has gone into a debates over fictional characters like Django, fueled by a tweet, and regurgitated by our so called "news" sources that actual people like Galloway go virtually unknown... Happy Black History Month.
  4. THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR The 21st Annual African American Children's Book Fair will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1:00-3:00PM, Community College of Philadelphia, 17th Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA. The event is free and opened to the public. The Book Fair started out on a cold frosty day at John Wanamaker Department Store. Sounds like the beginning of a novel. But today is it one of the oldest and largest single day events for African American Children's Books in the region. On average over 3,500 people attend the event each year. With a reported double digit illiteracy rate in the region, our success is due to the fact that we offer the best and the brightest from the multi-cultural literary community; books that enlighten enrich and empower the young citizens in our community. Parents, caregivers, and educators from the tri-state area are very supportive of the event because they understand that children who read make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles. Over 21 nationally known bestselling authors/illustrators will participate. Many have won the American Library Association Coretta Scott King award. Confirmed participants are James Ransome, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Margaree King Mitchell, Deborah Gregory, Jabari Asim, Glennette Tilly Turner, Eric Velasquez, Shadra Strickland, Elizabeth Zunon, Marilyn Nelson, Floyd Cooper, Regina Brooks, Alice Randall, Caroline Randall Williams, David Miller, Renee Watson and Jerry Craft. These authors/illustrators have written some of the best books of our generation. The afternoon is packed with activities that promote the power and joy of reading. Authors and illustrators will make presentations from their books. The Literary Row distributes book related promotional materials free of charges. Our Educator’s book-giveaway distributes brand new books to teachers and librarian to use in their classrooms. A BOOK OPENS UP A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: VANESSE LLOYD-SGAMBATI (215) 877-2012 (MEDIA ONLY) or 878-BOOK. E-mail vlloydsgam@aol.com
  5. Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The 2012 National Book Award Winners Announced The winners of the National Book Awards were announced tonight, November 14, at the National Book Foundation’s 63nd National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. This year’s winners are: Fiction Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper/HarperCollins) Nonfiction Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House) Poetry David Ferry, Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations (University of Chicago Press) Young People's Literature William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (Margaret K. McElderry Books/S&S Children’s) Also at tonight’s ceremony, Elmore Leonard was honored with the National Book Foundation’s 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in recognition of his outstanding achievement in fiction writing. This year’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community was presented to Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., chairman and publisher of the New York Times, who was honored for his continuing efforts through the New York Times Book Review and online book coverage to ensure an ongoing conversation about books in American culture.
  6. MEET THE MAN BEHIND THE MUSIC “In the end, I am saved by the music. I have no idea what twist or turn the rollercoaster that is my life will take. I am saved by God’s gift of love. If through my words and music I can pass on that gift to the readers, I am the happiest man on earth.” — R. Kelly Beyond the chart-topping hits and the controversial headlines, in Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, Robert Sylvester Kelly lays bare the true life story of a complex soul and a musical genius. With searing honesty, he delivers a fascinating portrait of a gifted soul trapped in the conflicting realities “Bump N' Grind” sexuality and soul-stirring “I Believe I Can Fly” spirit. Kelly’s spectacular rise from street performer to superstar who has sold more than 35 million records worldwide is chronicled in his most intimate and revealing project to date. This memoir written in three acts, employs the same dramatic plot twists and turns that mesmerized fans of Kelly’s hip-hopera Trapped in the Closet. The beautifully designed volume includes more than 130 color photographs that offer a truly dimensional portrait of Robert Kelly, the mama’s boy, the brother, the artist, the father, and most of all, Robert the man. “… a vivid and entertaining journey that reveals much about the musical engine of a true artist.” — Jesse Washington, Associated Press __________________________________ AVAILABLE NOW! Amazon.com Barnes & Noble To learn more about Shabazz Communications E•Blast visit: www.shabazzcommunications.com/e●blast and/or call 646.410.0246 Shabazz Communications, Inc. New York, NY 10037
  7. I have six (6) available advertising positions on the AALBC.com homepage for book covers. You can which position is available as it will be indicated by the following image: If you are interested in advertising your book on any or all of these 6 positions you will get $25 off -- each placement. Just mention that you learned about the offer here, on Thumper's Corner discussion forum (or reply below) If you refer a new client who pays full price, (as low as $53 per month) you will earn $25 (payable 30 days after advertising campaign begins). Simply have the client provide your name and email address. This inventory will go fast as this is AALBC.com most popular advertising position. Click here to learn more about getting your book on the AALBC.com Homepage If you have any questions email me at troy@aalbc.com or simply post them below.
  8. Just one question: Cast your vote now. I plan to post a public debate about the subject between Ron Kavanaugh (of Mosicbooks.com) and myself. We have been batting this issue around for years.
  9. Don't sit down on THIS MESSAGE! Literacise™ Library Exhibit based on the book "Jonathan & His Mommy" Irene Smalls is an award-winning children's author. Her program, Literacy+Exercise=Literacise™, is competing in the Childhood Obesity Challenge. Literacise™ connects books, the brain and body with book-based exercises to fight childhood obesity. Help educate children, fight childhood obesity and do something good for yourself with just a flick of your finger. Vote for Literacise™. Voting is easy as 1 - 2 - 3. Click http://ajpmchallenge...ns/entry/id/104 to register to vote. Look to the upper right for the colored Login/Sign Up banner. Click there. To sign up: type in your first name, last name, your email and choose a password. You will receive a confirming email in your email mailbox to activate your account to login Click on the Obesity Challenge website in that email. Click the colored login/signup banner on the upper right. Type your email & password. Go to page six (p.6) in the Obesity Challenge Submission Gallery. Literacise™ is in the middle column, 3rd row. Or, click on the Literacise™ link http://ajpmchallenge...ns/entry/id/104 to login & vote.If you have trouble voting call 617 504-3050. Here's the health tip. Too much sitting is bad for health! So stand up! Researchers have found that prolonged sitting is linked to obesity, heart disease, weaker leg muscles, Type-2 diabetes, insulin resistance and higher concentrations of fat in the blood. Children sit in school for up to four hours a day. Scientists say, "too much sitting reduces the ability to learn". Literacise™ breaks up all that sitting and helps kids learn. Check this Sitting video: Reading and moving! By the way, reading and clicking on the link you are Literacising. Thanks for VOTING. Don't sit down on this message share it with friends.
  10. I just lanuched a Manuscript Editing Service: http://aalbc.it/bookeditor AALBC.com's Manuscript Editing Service With AALBC.com's Manuscript Editing Service we will critique your manuscript or completed book for problems in: Plot: The storyline should take place through a series of events that are based on cause and effect. Character Development: Believable characters are three dimensional. Dialogue: Each line of dialogue should reveal character or advance the plot. Pace: A novel should move at a certain pace depending upon genre. Theme: What specific message are you trying to communicate with your book. Copy Editing: We will check for typos and errors in spelling and grammar. Sample Critique #1: This author had a firm grasp of the craft of writing. With this particular author it was simply a matter of polishing what was already a solid manuscript. (Click to read the complete critique) Sample Critique #2: This author had problems with character development, motivation and dialogue. (Click to read the complete critique) Learn more about this service.
  11. Rick Stevens Ascot Media Group Post Office Box 133032 The Woodlands, TX 77393 Office: (281) 333-3507 pr@ascotmediagroup.com www.ascotmediagroup.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A Captivating Tale of an Unlikely Friendship Del Mar, CA – February 24, 2012 – Growing up in the tumultuous racial tension of the South in the 1960s, there was a secret in Betty Ann Hoehn's home: alcoholism. But the young girl also had a secret ally: Corinne. There was little shared between the two. Hoehn grew up in luxury; Corinne grew up in poverty. Betty Ann was white. Corinne was black. But when Corinne came to work for Betty Ann’s family, the friendship was instantaneous – sparking a heartfelt relationship that bonded them against all societal norms. In Corinne and Me: An Unlikely Friendship (AuthorHouse), author Betty Ann Hoehn reaches back to a time when racial issues determined daily activities for the majority of Americans. Her story captures the segregation that many experienced during that time and touches the heart through the story of one downtrodden, but courageous and loving woman who reached across racial lines to help a child and provide the unshakeable love and friendship that would take that child through the most difficult time in her life. “Through my life journey, Corinne has always been there for me; teaching me important lessons in life. My story highlights our unique relationship while drawing attention to important issues in our world today,” says Hoehn. “We are all God’s children; love knows no race, sex or religion.” For years, Hoehn watched as one by one the members of her family succumbed to "funny breath"--her family's euphemistic term for alcohol addiction in a time when addiction was not openly discussed. Little did she know that she, too, would fall victim to the disease. Her determination to overcome and lead a fulfilling and productive life is uplifting and encouraging to anyone who is facing this challenge or seeking to help a friend or family member as they face a life of recovery. Betty Ann Hoehn was born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., and currently resides in Del Mar, CA. Born in 1954, she grew up in the 1960s, a tumultuous time—strictly enforced segregation between blacks and whites, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the feminist movement. She received her B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1976 and her M.A. from the University of Memphis in 1997. She is an art historian and independent lecturer. Corinne and Me: An Unlikely Friendship intertwines the racial and segregation issues of the 1960s with positive messages of acceptance, love and faith. Available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com For more information please visit: www.corrinneandme.com ###
  12. I've customized a the Google search engine to return results that we would like to find for regarding Black books. It filters out all the nonsense coming from the corporate sites. If you are searching for Terry McMillan and want to know about ex husband -- go to Google main engine and you'll find that right away, but if you want to find infromation about here work -- search here: the URL is: http://thebestblackbooksearch.com/ or http://bit.ly/tbbbse for short. Search for your favorite authors and let me know what you think. It is a work in progress, and I'm looking for feedback too. I've discovered content I would never have found in a normal Google search. The Best Black Book Search Engine http://thebestblackbooksearch.com
  13. I recently blogged about the fact that most authors who post links to Amazon do not take advantage of Amazon's affiliate program. http://aalbc.it/oWrxtM Someone tried to explain to me why authors do not take advantage of it, by saying they just don't care and are not interested. This seems so illogical because Amazons commisions can be 7, 8% or more depending upon sales -- often exceeding even the author's share of a book's sale. But based upon the acitivity on my latest Blog post on the subject, there seemed to be little interest in the whole issue. Of course the more sophistciated authors are aware of the commisisons that can be earned. Some authors who live in the cities where Amazon does not pay affiliate commisions (currently, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, & Connecticut) use the codes of business associates. I give authors a discount on services in exchange for using an AALBC.com affiliate code -- sometimes it even help those authors to make the AALBC.com bestsellers list. Are there any authors out there that link to Amazon without using an affiliate code to earn commissions? If so why?
  14. Finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards include: Dr. Manning Marable (May 13, 1950 - April 1, 2011) http://aalbc.com/aut...ble.htm#2011nba Nikky Finney (b. 1957) http://aalbc.com/aut...ey.html#2011nba Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947) http://aalbc.com/aut...ef.html#2011nba Jesmyn Ward http://aalbc.com/authors/jesmyn_ward.html Carl Phillips (b. 1959) http://aalbc.com/aut...ps.html#2011nba
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