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The Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, Enlighten Children with Board Books, and More - 11/16/2021


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Gayle Jessup White had long heard and pondered the stories passed down from her father’s family, that they were direct descendants of Thomas Jefferson, and all the weight that statement holds. After four decades of research, Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant’s Search for Her Family’s Lasting Legacy chronicles her remarkable journey to definitively understand her heritage and reclaim it — as a Black descendant of both Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. Now available wherever books are sold. Buy Now ▶


15th Annual Ernest Gaines Award winner is Nathan Harris for his debut novel, The Sweetness of Water

In the spirit of The Known World and The Underground Railroad, “a miraculous debut” —Washington Post

Harris’ novel tells a story set in the waning days of the Civil War. The tale is about an unlikely bond between two freedmen who are brothers and the Georgia farmer whose alliance will alter their lives, and his, forever.

Check out all the Gaines Award Winning Books for the Past 15 Years ▶


Board books are great for young children, but don’t get the attention they deserve. Board books are perfect for introducing young children to the written word at a time when their brains are optimized for learning. Today there so are many excellent board books available that celebrate Black culture — enriching children of all backgrounds. Discover our growing and curated list of board books ▶


Bookshop.org and Black Wall Street Booksellers (an AALBC Business) are happy to partner with The 1619 Project’s publisher, One World, on an initiative to get copies of this historical work into schools, libraries, and other educational and community organizations nationwide.

When you buy a copy of The 1619 Project using this link, you will be supporting our chosen donation partner The Literary Freedom Project with the donated books, as well as supporting Black Wall Street Booksellers business with your purchase! The Literary Freedom Project is a Bronx-based 501c3 tax-exempt nonprofit arts organization that believes cultural identity is a fundamental cornerstone in the development of smart, creative, and engaged communities. Help get this book into more hands today ▶


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


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