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Children’s Africana Book Awards, PW Turns 150, Jigsaw Puzzles, and More – February 8, 2022


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Barbara Chase-Riboud, the author of the award-winning Sally Hemings now brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s, in this mesmerizing novel. Packed with glamour, suspense, history, and drama, The Great Mrs. Elias brings a fascinating woman and the age she embodied to glorious, tragic life. Buy Now ▶


The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published, or republished, in the U.S.

The awards were created by Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa. The awards are presented in two categories: Young Children and Older Readers. Read More ▶


Limited copies of back issues of the Killens Review Arts & Letters are now available.


The Review was launched in 2010 and welcomes Black poets, novelists, short story writers, playwrights, journalists, essayists, scholars, yet-to-be-discovered writers, and visual artists whose works resonate with an intergenerational range of readers throughout the African Diaspora. Quantities are truly limited; act now to secure one of these collector’s items today!


Brave. Black. First.: A Jigsaw Puzzle and Poster Celebrating African American Women Who Changed the World_ by Cheryl Willis Hudson, Illustrated by Erin K. Robinson


A one-of-a-kind puzzle featuring groundbreaking African American women, published in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Based on the children’s book Brave. Black. First., this puzzle celebrates the artists, athletes, activists, politicians, and writers who championed civil rights in their communities. From Sojourner Truth and Ruby Bridges to Angela Y. Davis and Michelle Obama, the collaged image captures the iconic moments of African American women whose heroism and bravery rewrote the American story for the better. Buy Now ▶


Publishers Weekly, known in the book world as “the bible of the book business,” is currently celebrating its 150th anniversary.


Publishers Weekly (PW) has grown into a multimedia news platform with international coverage of the book publishing industry. Its varied products are used by publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors, book lovers, and the media. PW publishes articles and news on the book business, bestsellers lists, and industry statistics, but their best-known service is their prepublication book reviews, of which they publish nearly 9,000 a year.


PW covers the Black Book Ecosystem better than arguably any other media platform. In 1999, they were one of the first publications to cite in AALBC in a magazine article, “A Diverse Market for African-American Books Keeps Growing.” Most recently, PW covered our collective effort to get President Biden to pardon Marcus Garvey; “Black Booksellers Launch Petition to Pardon Marcus Garvey.” If you are a book lover you will definitely enjoy (PW). Read More ▶


Why I Provide Financial Support to AALBC

A couple of weeks ago I emailed all of the readers who, over the past three years, have chosen to provide financial support to AALBC by paying for their newsletter subscription. My goal was to thank these ardent supporters, solicit feedback, and understand what motivates them to provide financial support. The responses were truly helpful and motivating. I have shared the feedback of one supporter below:


“I am motivated by AALBC's commitment to community and readership, consistency, and love and respect of books. In the midst of financial challenges, AALBC remains resilient. AALBC is a valued institution and the leading website for books, literary resources, and information on African diasporic literature. Our books record our history/herstory as a global people.

Books honor and document the sacrifices of America's enslaved Africans, our ancestors. Men, women, and children could be murdered if caught daring to read. It is crucial that we protect our institutions. We are under attack. There is a concerted effort to erase African American history/herstory, our contributions, and civil and human rights. Our books are being banned daily in schools and libraries across America.


Troy Johnson, you are doing a great job with AALBC! Please continue the fight! We need you! We can unite to grow readers, book clubs, and collectives by purchasing books from AABLC and other Black bookstores. We as a community continue to support Black athletes, actors, etc. It's time they support us by adopting a Blackstore. This applies to the entire Black diaspora. Thank you, for your commitment and service!”


Aluta Continua!

Lorraine Currelley
Executive Director(s)
Poets Network & Exchange
Bronx Book Fair


Dear Reader,

Always remember Reader, you are why we’ve been able to make AALBC the premier online platform for books by, or about, people of African descent. Your paid subscriptions, book purchases, suggestions, engagement on the site, commenting, social sharing, and advertisements help support AALBC’s mission.


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


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