Category Archives: Book Clubs & Libraries

Associations, clubs, and libraries featuring and discussing African American books

August Events at the AC Bilbrew Library, Los Angeles

AC Bilbrew Library
150 E. El Segundo Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90061

Wed., Aug 21st, 5:30 p.m., George and Jonathan Jackson Tribute, “Jackson, Not Just a Name” – A Documentary about a Group of Young Black People Organizing in the Avalon Gardens “Proudjects” (Los Angeles).
For additional information please contact Harold Welton at

Sat., Aug 24th, 2 pm, “After a While You Wonder”, a book presentation and discussion by Norman E. Edelen, commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Watts Riot. Norman E. Edelen is a former TV writer-producer and ex-LAPD officer. “After A While You Wonder” is Edelen’s first book in his intriguing trilogy about law enforcement, focusing on former officers of the 77th Street Division who reunite and reflect on “racism, riots and their lives on the LAPD’s strong blue line of silence.” Q & A to follow presentation.

2013 AAMBC Literary Award Winners

2013 Literary Awards Winners and Nominees from the African Americans on the Move Book Club

Break Out Author of the Year
Monica Mathis Stowe – Where Did We Go Wrong?
Tyora Moody – When Rain Falls (Victory Gospel Series #1)
Drusilla Mars – Black Fire
Nicety – Juicy: Pandora’s Box
Fabiola Joseph – Rebel’s Domain: Scarred For Life (Volume 1)

Independent Book Store of the Year
Books and Beauty
The Literary Joint
Hueman Books
Black and Nobel

Magazine of the Year
Urban Grapevine Magazine

Book Club of the Year
Reading Diva
Black Faithful Sisters and Brothers Book Club
Sugar and Spice
Book Groupies Book Club

Street Lit Writer of the Year
Fabiola Joseph – Rebel’s Domain: Scarred For Life (Volume 1)
Kwan – Animal
David Weaver – The Power Family
Eyone Williams – Secrets Never Die
Treasure Blue – Little Bag Girl

Poet of the Year
GPA – The Mind of a Poetic Unsub
Kai – Peaceful Resolution
Luella Hill – Message In My Pen

Independent Publisher of the Year
Life Changing Books
Cash Money Content
Cartel Publications
SBR Productions

Book Reviewer of the Year
Blaze Reviews
Carla Towns
Urban Reviews

Urban Book of the Year
Angry Ass Black Woman by Karen Quinoes Miller
The Cartel 4 by Ashley and JaQuavis
Where Did We Go Wrong? By Monica Mathis Stowe
Aminal by Kwan
Hated by Many, Loved by None by Shan

Male Author of the Year
Rahiem Brooks
David Weaver
Carl Weber
Brian W. Smith

Vote for the Female Author of the Year
Myss Shan – Hated by Many, Loved by None
Ashley Antoinette – Guilty Gucci
Kenni York – Karma
Kimberla Lawson Roby – The Reverend’s Wife
Vanna B – Fancy

Christian Fiction Writer of the Year
Victoria Christopher Murray – Scandalous
Reshonda Tate Billingsley – The Secret She Kept
Shelia E. Lipsey for her book- What’s Blood Got To Do With It?
Vanessa Davis Griggs for her book- The Other Side of Dare (Blessed Trinity Novels)
Tyora Moody for her book- When Rain Falls (Victory Gospel Series #1)

Reader’s Choice Award
Treasure Blue
Vanna B
Wahida Clark
Traci Bee

Romance writer of the Year
Zuri Day – Love on the run
Donna Hill – Everything is You
Traci Bee – A Nickel for a Kiss
Sadeqa Johnson – Love in a Carry On Bag
Anna Black – Who Do I Run To?

Nate Holmes Honorary Award
Rahiem Brooks
Treasure blue
Shelia E. Lipsey
Troy Johnson
Clarence Nero

AAMBC Author of the Year
Silk White – Married To Da Street
Jonean Mclain- Checkmate
Keith Thomas Walker fir his book- Dripping Chocolate
CJ Hudson – Knuckleheadz

All I Ever Wanted (Grayson Friends series, Book 8) by Francis Ray

A new novel from  New York Times and USA Today author Francis Ray. The Grayson Friends contemporary romance series  book 8, All I Ever Wanted will be released on February 26, 2013.


Naomi Reese is a divorced mother with a small daughter named Kayla, a new life in Sante Fe, and, finally, some distance from her abusive ex-husband. All she wants now is a home of her own where she and Kayla can finally feel safe. With one bad marriage behind her, she can’t even dream of falling in love again. Until she meets Richard…

A tall, handsome veterinarian with a warm smile and big heart, Richard Youngblood is the kind of man any woman could fall for. Not only does he have a wonderful way with animals, he’s great with little Kayla and—Naomi has to admit—he’s easy on the eyes. Richard definitely has his sights set on her, too. But first, Naomi has to free herself from her past—and learn how to love again—before she can have all she ever wanted with the man of her dreams…

All I Ever Wanted will be available February 26, 2013.

Event: The State Of Black Sci Fi 2012

Time: February 16, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Clough Commons Auditorium, Georgia Tech
Organized By: Geogia Tech Science Fiction Department

Event Description:
Come join us as we discuss the state of Black Science Fiction, share our stories and perform a group reading created especially for this event. Participating in this first of its kind event are Ed Hall, L.M. Davis, Milton Davis, Alan Jones, Alicia McCalla, Wendy Raven McNair and Balogun Ojetade.

The Black Science Fiction Society

News: Comerica Bank Unveils New African American e-Book Collection for Dallas Public Library System

DALLAS, TX (February 7, 2012) – To celebrate Black History Month, Comerica Bank today unveiled a new African American Literature Collection for the citywide Dallas Public Library system, as well as e-readers for two in-need Southern Dallas library branches. The collection features close to 900 e-books by or about African-Americans and increases the System’s e-book collection by more than 6 percent.

As part of its donation to the non-profit group Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Comerica also purchased 30 e-readers for use by patrons of the North Oak Cliff and Polk Wisdom library branches. Comerica adopted the two branches in 2010 with a donation of $50,000 for the purchase of materials devoted to financial literacy, an important objective of the bank’s community outreach efforts. The total estimated value of the e-books and kindles is $15,000.

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Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend on October 19-20, 2012

The Reading Divas Book Club will host its 2012 event on Friday & Saturday October 19 & 20, 2012 at the Metro Points Hotel, 8500 Annapolis Road, in New Carrollton, Maryland.

Friday 8-11 pm
Reception/Book Club Meeting
Featuring Dr. Daniel Black

Saturday Morning 9-11
Noon Luncheon
Featuring Mary Monroe

Early Bird Tickets/(after 9/15)
Friday Only – $20/($30)
Saturday Only – $40/($50)
Combined Ticket – $55/($75)

To buy tickets, go to or send certified check or money order to
The Reading Divas, P O Box 102, Glenndale, MD 20769.

Make it a weekend event! Call for your reservations at Metro Points TODAY! (301) 459-6700

Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. by S.Dodson is released!

Today is the official release of Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. by S.Dodson.

Get it today for $10.95 paperback or $3.00 from Kindle.

Come out and meet the author!!!

She will be at the following locations for the month of June.

**Book of the month SV Promoting Purpose Magazine**

Check out the magazine!

06/04/2011 The Literary Joint (Forrestville, MD) 12pm to 4pm

06/10/2011 African Imports (Houston, TX) Greenspoint Mall

06/11/2011-06/12/2011 The National Black Book Festival (Houston, TX)

06/16/2011 Interviews with Conversations CA WEBB @ 8:30

06/17/2011- Cartel Café & Books (Oxon Hills, MD) 2pm to 5pm

06/20/2011-Interviews with SORMAG

Also, Interviewed at Freda Voice. To check it out copy and paste the link below.

About The Book

Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E.
is suitable for the straight A student, the troubled teen, and the girl looking to be empowered. The goal is to transform our teens into successful women by giving them the tools needed to build their self confidence and self esteem. This book focuses on the hottest topics facing teens such as relationships, self esteem, bullying, the importance of education, and how to set goals. If guidance is what you need, Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is here to the rescue!

Teen Girls Need L.O.V.E. is suitable for any teen. If you don’t have a teen girl in your life, buy the book and donate it to a church, school or library. Everyone can use some motivation in their life!

**Books are available at all the online retailers and a book store near you. If they don’t have the book, order it. Also, books can be purchased from the publishers’ website @**

Black Authors Festival Day in Long Beach, CA – Saturday, April 2, 2011

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011
Times: 1p.m. – 5p.m.
Location: 101 Pacific Ave., Long Beach 90802

The Long Beach Public Library will host The 3rd Annual Black Authors’ Festival on April 2, 2011. The Black Authors Festival is free to the public and will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. This festival will have over 25 authors in attendance. Any donations collected will go to help support the Children’s Programs for the Library. Join us as at the Long Beach Public Library as we celebrate National Library Month. The Long Beach Public Library is located at 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Actress, producer and now author Cherie Johnson and Kathie Scott with “Around the World Twice”. A story about two girl friends who are a modern day Thelma and Louise. Two ladies who want it all, but discover that not everything you wish for is what’s good for you.

Marcus Hardie with “Black and Bulletproof” tells the intriguing story of one man’s journey from the terrors of Los Angeles’ Westside to Israel’s Western Wall and back again.

MG Hardie with “It Ain’t Just The Size” is a love story surrounded by humor, politics, relationship advice and just about everything in-between; real talk about how to deal with real issues Mimi Renee with “Pretty Bright” a bitter-sweet story of a young misguided, misunderstood 17-year-old girl, who in order to provide for her struggling single mother and siblings, shows a startling portrait of today’s Black family. Terry Wroten with “Natural Born Killaz”, a riveting, volatile tale of gang life and inspirational story about choices.

Also scheduled to attend are:
Rufus Butler – ‘Black Energy’
Pamela Hale Burns – “Come Out From Among Them”
Robbie N. Butler – “Ms. Single Mom – Yes, You Can!”
Colburt Cobene- “No Dope A Book Of Enlightenment And Pathway To Love”
Frances Dawson Harris – “Live For Today”
Aaron L. Day – ‘History Lessons’/’Locating Free African-American Ancestors’
Karen Harper – ‘Mary Dell Butler-Making a Difference’
Anthony Parnell – ‘The 7 Laws of Stress Management’/’Healing Through Writing’
Autrilla Watkins Scott – ‘Stories From The Past’
Darick J. Simpson – ‘Who Will Be There’
Carolyn Smith Watts – ‘Breaking Through, Lighting The Way’
Doris Topsy-Elvord – ‘No Mountain High Enough’
Stephanie Butler – ‘My Body Is The Temple: Encounters and Revelations of Sacred’
Charlene E. Green ‘One Man’s Treasure’
Seth Fowler ‘Cory The Popcorn’s Big Adventure’
U.L. Harper ‘The Flesh Statue’
And more…

The festival will also feature Children’s Books, Plays, Poetry, Urban, Pop-Culture, Fiction, Non Fiction and books on Stress Management.

For More Information Contact: Aaron L. Day Email –

Article: 24 Graphic Novels for African American History Month

From Aya to Zapt!: 24 Graphic Novels for African American History Month
Featuring Marguerite Abouet, Frank Miller & Kyle Baker

By Martha Cornog, Philadelphia — Library Journal, 1/7/2010
Publishers Weekly

The past year has left tweens and teens with many more quality comics that increasingly depict engaging African American main characters. Plus, we have our Main Man himself, Mr. President, the comics geek–turned–comics hero. Forthcoming from Eureka: a Graphic Classics anthology featuring adaptations of short stories by African American authors. Forthcoming from TV star Rashida Jones via Oni Press: a spy thriller titled Frenemy of the State. Stay tuned!

News: Book fairs still going strong

Associated Press
April 3, 2009

New York — Marlene Perez’s “Dead Is the New Black” is a young adult novel with a noirish pink and black cover and a supernatural plot. If it ever becomes the next sensation, give some credit to middle-schoolers such as Geneva Lish.

“It has an unusual plot and a unique power,” says Lish, a seventh-grader.

Lish didn’t buy the book online or at a store. She was among the students at J.H.S. 167 in Manhattan who recently visited the Scholastic Book fair, shopping in the school’s auditorium as they looked through graphic novels, fantasy and a Life magazine volume about President Obama.

During a hard time for publishing and education, the fairs remain a relatively stable source of income. According to a recent report from Scholastic Corp., revenue from fairs for the nine months ending Feb. 28 was $261.2 million, virtually unchanged from the same nine-month period a year earlier.

“I’ve never met one parent who said, ‘My kid has too many books.’ . . . You might cut a lot of things out. You might cut out a toy. You’re not going to cut out a book,” says Scholastic’s president of book fairs, Alan Boyko.

Book fairs have been around for decades, although the field now is largely controlled by Scholastic.

The publisher says its business has grown from about 8,000 annual fairs in the early 1980s to about 120,000 fairs expected this year.

Los Angeles Times

Holy Black History Month!: 23 Graphic Novels Featuring African Americans

By Martha Cornog, Philadelphia — Library Journal, 2/12/2009 1:12:00 PM

African American history turned a corner in January when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. From Washington, DC, Obamamania swept through the recent New York Comic-Con, where exhibitors sold Alex Ross’s striking Superman Obama print as well as T-shirts proclaiming “Obama is my homeboy.” Obama comics are also jumping out of stores, and several more are in production.

Because our new president is a poster honcho for literacy as well as a comics-friendly icon, I hope we will soon see more graphic novels for children and tweens featuring black people as major characters. Luckily, there are many existing works that offer distinctive and often powerful portrayals of African Americans famous and unknown, real and fictional. Limited to teen through adult readers, the titles below are recommended for public and school libraries, and many would be welcome in academic collections. Display away, librarians!

New Black Novel Based on Female Revolutionary

Manjani by Freedom Speaks Diapsora

“A revolutionary work well worth reading!”

–The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

Manjani Jackson is a mouthy New York teenager who believes her life’s purpose is to lead her “deaf, dumb, and blind” brothas and sistahs into The Revolution. On one of the worst days of her life, tragedy strikes, landing her at an all white school. Although she is working on getting along, the racist students make it impossible, and before long, the administration crosses the line, forcing Manjani into political action. Then one of her events gets out of hand, sending her on the run. Her journey leads to a place where bittersweet lessons about liberation are learned as her comrades turn against her. Only tough love, spiritual revelations, and self-determination will help her find her place in the struggle.

ALA Award for Promoting African American Literature

American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) division presented a number of awards, including the inaugural Zora Neal Hurston Award recognizing an individual RUSA member who demonstrated leadership in promoting African American literature. The initial winner is Miriam Rodriquez, assistant director, Public Services/Community Integration of the Dallas PL. Rodriguez won the prize for her role in “Tulisoma,” a community-based literary festival highlighting African American authors and artists.

2009 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Monday, January 26, 2009
Announcing the 2009 Coretta Scott King Book Award Recipients

Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
More about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Author Award

Kadir Nelson
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

Author Honor Books

Hope Anita Smith
Keeping the Night Watch
published by Henry Holt and Company

Joyce Carol Thomas
The Blacker the Berry
published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Carole Boston Weatherford
Becoming Billie Holiday
published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc

Illustrator Award

Floyd Cooper
The Blacker the Berry
published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Illustrator Honor Books

Kadir Nelson
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group

Jerry Pinkney
The Moon Over Star
published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Sean Qualls
Before John Was a Jazz Giant
published by Henry Holt and Company

John Steptoe Awards for New Talent

These books affirm new talent and offer visibility to excellence in writing or illustration at the beginning of a career as a published book creator.

Shadra Strickland
published by Lee & Low Books

Article: More (and Better) Books for Black Teens

Publishers are paying attention to African-American teens
by Felicia Pride and Calvin Reid — Publishers Weekly, 12/8/2008

Talk to a Young Adults editor or take a stroll through that section at your local bookstore and it’s evident that there’s a growing number of books aimed at the young adult market—and those numbers include more titles geared specifically to African-American teens. As publishers are addressing the lack of material aimed at this market—many African-American teens have turned to popular adult authors because of this dearth—there has clearly been some improvement.

These days publishers are offering black teens books that deal with serious issues, such as drug addiction and pregnancy, as well as pure entertainment; they’re looking to introduce new authors and experiment with graphic novels and even historical fiction for teens, all while looking for creative ways to make sure parents, teachers and librarians—as well as the kids themselves—know what’s on their lists specifically for black teens.

Publishers Weekly talked with a number of editors and category buyers as well as an agent specializing in titles for African-American teens in order to get a better view of the past, present and future of titles aimed at black teenagers.

Publishers Weekly

2009 Romance Writers of America Annual Conference

Title: 2009 Romance Writers of America Annual Conference
Location: Washington, D.C.
Link out: Click here
Description: RWA is proud to host its 29th Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C., at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Be sure the join us in Washington, D.C., to enhance your writing and knowledge of the ins and outs of publishing at more than 100 workshops; get the inside track at panels and round-tables featuring publishing professionals; schedule a one-on-one pitch meeting with an acquiring editor or literary agent; attend parties and network with the stars of romance fiction; and be a part of RWA\’s massive, 500-author strong \”Readers for Life\” charity book signing. And let\’s not forget the 2009 RITA and Golden Heart Awards.
Date: 2009-07-15