Saturday, February 26, 2011

Celebrating Black History Month with the African American Read In

On Saturday, February 26, eight local Black authors gathered to read and perform excerpts from their works to an audience of enthusiastic readers at the Fleetwood-Jordain Center in Evanston. The gathering marked the second Read In to be held here in Evanston and the sponsors and organizers vowed it would not be the last. Several local Black publishers, including Adira Books and Aziza Publishing were on hand to sell copies of books, which the authors signed.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Work of Faith Ministry sponsors "African American Literature Read In"

In honor of Black History Month, the Fleetwood-Jordain Community Center will host eight multi-talented authors reading and performing exceprts from their published works. The 2011 African American Literature Read-In and Book Fair is sponsored by Books Inc Bookstore and organized by Workof Faith Ministry & Literacy. The first annual event will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1655 Foster Street, Evanston, IL.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For information, contact Gevell Wagner at (773) 350-4675.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New book, Grammy museum exhibition honors hip-hop

Shira writes:
I thought people might be interested in this article
discussing a new comprehensive book on hip-hop.
In addition, the Grammy Museum in LA is devoting
a new section to the same subject.
Shira S., RA

Black History Month is a Great Time to Note Contributions of African Americans, What Titles Do You Suggest?

Audiobook Community readers (and authors!) are recommending great reads by African American authors for teens and children in audiobook format. Visit the Audiobook Community website for recommendations and details.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Dutch" by Teri Woods is a great read!

The Feb. 8 discussion of "Dutch" by Teri Woods was spirited, as the members of the book club shared their insights about Dutch, Angel, Fat Tony, Craze and the other characters that inhabited Ms. Woods gritty urban story. "The writing kept me involved and the ending was a complete surprise!" observed one reader. Others "...became attached to the people in the book, cared about them and wanted good things for them."
When asked to describe the book, one book club member said this: "The book was emotional and exhilarating. Dutch was like a street hero and people saw him as a strong leader." Despite the under-world trappings, violence and intrigue, most readers found "Dutch" a strong cautionary and morality tale with larger than life figures who possessed self-determination and relentless drive. Want to read more urban fiction? Try Street Fiction. Also, the Phat Fiction blog
Got a different take on this book? Share your comments on "Dutch" in the 'comments' space below.