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News: African-American Booksellers Look For a Turnaround

Publishers Weekly
By Judith Rosen | Feb 14, 2014

At first glance, there might not seem much cause for celebrating the future of African-American bookstores during Black History Month. The country’s oldest African-American bookstore, Marcus Books in San Francisco (open for 44 years), is in rough financial straits. The Shrine of the Black Madonna liquidated its Detroit store earlier this month, according to the Detroit Free Press, and its Houston store is closed for “restructuring.”

The number of black bookstores has declined precipitously since 2002, when the American Booksellers Association counted 300 members.

For more of this article, visit Publishers Weekly.

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.

Article: Writers Reconsider the Bookstore’s ‘Black Section’

Do booksellers still need sections dedicated to black authors and books?

That’s what Arielle Loren is wrestling with over at Clutch. When Loren was younger, she appreciated that there was a space where she could easily find the books she said reflected her interests. But now that she’s a professional writer, she wonders if the black section is keeping black authors’ work from getting a wider reading.

“Why not diversify mainstream front store literature to reflect the multicultural reality of this country?” she asks. “More than black readers ought to be reading black literature.”

For more, see Gene Demby‘s article at Black Voices.

News: Borders Closings: Black Bookstore Owners React

One Chicago Borders bookstore location — on State Street in the downtown Loop area — survived the recent spate of closings. The behemoth bookstore chain will close 15 of its 31 Chicago-area stores as part of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Consumers were shocked by the closings, but two Black bookstore owners say that they smelled blood in the water long ago.

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Rude Buay … The Unstoppable – Coming on Independence Day.

LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Author John A. Andrews, son of the Caribbean soil, penetrates inside the belly of the drug world. In an environment saturated with corruption, deception, duplicity, deceit, and inequities of all kinds, Andrews conceives a cross Atlantic, greed driven fiasco, embedded within the drug epidemic. Can Jamaican-born DEA “Rude Buay” save his country from the tyranny of the Dragon Drug Cartel?

Many stories have been written about the horrible threat that illegal drugs pose to our way of life. People involved can be as ruthless at spreading the evil as those whom are dedicated to stopping it. Here, the stakes are raised much higher, when innocent and malicious teenagers are caught up in this debacle and dying off like flies.

This poignant and hard hitting story intensifies, as Rude Buay – pronounced “Rude Boy,” a dedicated and stubborn Drug Enforcement Agent, goes after this powerful drug cartel threatening the government of his country, Jamaica.

Ironically, just over a decade ago, he was forced to flee Jamaica, after his older brother was killed in a drug related incident. So imagine what it’s like returning to your homeland, to fight a war, where you are not welcomed and distrust your own countrymen.

Rude Buay is a gritty action drama with deviant twists, entangled between the thin line of Law and Order. Rick Scott, founder of the James Mason Classic British Book Club gave 5 stars to this twisted-roller-coaster-action-thriller: a teary-eyed, diabolically encapsulating chronicle that will make you think, laugh, cry, applaud, and even scream.

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Rude Buay … The Unstoppable is a blend of Traffic meets Casino Royale with Charlie’s Angels gone corrupt. With the film project currently in development, Rude Buay is expected to go into pre-production in early 2011.

An ALI project. Visit: Website: *Rude Buay is a drug prevention chronicle about teens caught up in the war on drugs and contains content for adults; parental discretion is advised for children.

This hardcover edition of Rude Buay is published by Books That Will Enhance Your Life and distributed by Baker & Taylor.

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Black Book Coalition Launch Party/Mixer

Title: Black Book Coalition Launch Party/Mixer
Location: Ulah Bistro, Washington, DC 20009
Description: The Black Book Coalition was founded by MahoganyBooks in conjunction with The Renaissance Group, LLC and the Hurston/Wright Foundation “to achieve success and value for our literary community through the use of our combined talents and expertise.”
Date: 2009-08-12
Start Time: 6pm
End Time: 9pm

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

I Am My Fathers Daughter

This is a 4CD, 3hrs 20min unabridged audio book (memoir) by Rosemary Kariuki Machua. It is a very captivating story of a daughters quest for justice after three decades of her father’s brutal political assassination. Rosemary Kariuki Machua tells of her memories of the father a Kenyan Independence political heavy weight.

At the time of his death,  J.M Kariuki was a millionaire. It is not clear how he amassed his fortune so quickly without somehow engaging on the same vice he was very critical of. His family did not benefit from his wealth, as Kenyatta’s government conspired against them. J.M Kariuki is remembered by Kenyans as a hero as he came to represent the force against the evils that have hemmed the country to this day.

In this powerful audio book, Rosemary clearly points out the sprouting of a culture of political imperialism, impunity and abuse of fundamental human rights among others, that many African governments are grappling with today.

Most interesting, is how emotions (love, anger, jealousy, resentment, and forgiveness) play out against backdrop of social, religious and political realms.

This truly is a must listen to.

News: Black-owned bookstores vital

Originally published February 20, 2008 by Will Brown, Tallahassee Democrat

Amen-Ra’s preserves culture, serves as gathering place

Overall book sales may have climbed 7.4 percent in 2007, but that has not kept some large and small black-owned bookstores from suffering. Maryland-based Karibu Books, a well-known black-owned book chain that closed its last store Feb. 10, is the latest and greatest example.

Sharon Dennard frequently visited Karibu when she was in the Washington, D.C., area. She and her husband, Dana, are owners of Amen-Ra’s Bookstore in Tallahassee.

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