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New Book Recommendations, Events, and Thanks for Your Support! - 6/25/2020


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Join #TheBookAwardCelebration! on June 28, 2020 The American Library Association (ALA) is offering an exciting new free all-day virtual event celebrating the winners of several of its major book awards, including the esteemed Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards. Learn More ▶


The 14th annual Austin African American Book Festival celebrates the Black literary experience with a virtual event, Saturday, June 27.

New York Times bestselling authors Isabel Wilkerson and Dr. Damon Tweedy will head up the Fourteenth Annual Austin African American Book Festival. The event will be held on June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for the first time will be a virtual event. The Festival remains free and open to the public, but attendees must register on Eventbrite.


We maintain a list of recently published and soon to be published books. Here are a few we think you’ll enjoy 


African: A Children’s Picture Book by Peter Tosh, Illustrated by Rachel Moss

So don’t care where you come from
As long as you’re a black man, you’re an African
No mind your nationality
You have got the identity of an African

A beautiful children’s picture book featuring the lyrics of Peter Tosh’s global classic celebrating children of African descent.


Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America by Stacey Abrams

“This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It’s a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It’s a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win.” —Stacey Abrams

Abrams chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. Abrams would have been the first African American woman governor, but experienced these effects firsthand, despite running the most innovative race in modern politics as the Democratic nominee in Georgia. Abrams didn’t win, but she has not conceded. The book compellingly argues for the importance of robust voter protections, an elevation of identity politics, engagement in the census, and a return to moral international leadership.


The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah—along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor—have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men and no dating.

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?


Libro.fm Supports Black-Owned Bookstores


AALBC sells audio books through Libro.fm. AALBC has worked with many corporations as an affiliate. Libro.fm is unique in that they activity support their affiliate partners. Libro.fm committed to sharing 100% of fees earned on Juneteenth with all of their Black-owned partner bookstores! As a result, $67,462 will be shared between 42 Black-owned Libro.fm partner bookstores.

Libro stands in stark contrast to am*zon, who actively undermines their partners. am*zon won’t even link to a partner website, let alone share 100% of a day’s sales. Libro.fm recognizes that killing your competition does not serve the reader — which is the only thing a true bookseller seeks to do.


Dear Reader,

“If you’ve recently made purchases for print books from your local bookstore, we salute you! It’s also important to recognize that amidst a pandemic which has affected staffing, shipping, and distribution centers–and also, everything else–independent bookstores and booksellers are doing the best they can under difficult circumstances to get books to you in a timely fashion. Some anti-racist titles are in such high demand that they’re backordered and are being reprinted by publishers. Be kind. If you must email, do so gently!” —Kelsey Norris, Libro.fm

All of the booksellers I’ve spoken with are experiencing record levels of sales, and that has been an incredible blessing, considering many of us were facing closure. However, in the throes of a global pandemic, the book industry is simply not functioning normally, and getting your book orders out has been particularly challenging.

Thankfully, all of our customers have been very patient, understanding, and SUPER supportive. Reader, if you’ve purchased a book from AALBC recently, thank you so very much!

Peace and Love,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com


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★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – June 25, 2020 - Issue #294

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