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AALBC's July Newsletter - Bestsellers, Go On Girl! Reading List, John A. Williams & More - 7/31/2019


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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.


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, 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!


“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 ►


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.


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.




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 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.

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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


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★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – July 31, 2019 - Issue #274

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