Monday, February 07, 2011
Just in Time for Black History Month -- Exciting News About Black Books
Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Here we are already into the second week of February and I have yet to even mention Black History Month. And you know why? Because I have nothing to say about it. Really, I'm kind of tired of the debate/discussion surrounding the necessity of the month as opposed to just recognizing Black history all year round. Not to mention, why separate Black history from American history? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of recognizing the significant contributions of Black people in creating this country?
I don't know. Next week, I may feel differently. But despite my ambivalence about waving my Happy Black History flag, I know a good promotional opportunity when I see one. I did begin my career as a publicist after all. So, I am going to take this random day during Black History month to call your attention to some exciting news in the world of Black literature.
1. The wonderful book Wench, which I reviewed here on The Meltingpot last year, has just come out in paperback and landed on the New York Times Bestsellers List. Wench is the based-on-real-life-events story of four slave women who were kept as summer concubines by their White masters at a resort in Ohio. For those of you waiting for the book to come out in paperback, now's your chance to grab a copy.
2. One of my writer friends, Denene Milner and her awesome journalist husband, Nick Chiles, have taken action with their passions and created a fabulous new company called NorthParan.com. The website is like a Black Amazon.com but only features books. It's one-stop shopping for purchasing books and finding information about your favorite authors of color. But that's not the amazing part. For every single book purchased on the site, the organization will donate a book to a child in need, in this country and abroad. Seriously. Please check it out and consider making your online purchases with them.
3. Phati'tude Literary Magazine will be hosting its first Annual African American Literary Festival later this month in Queens, New York. It's going to be an all day affair with great workshops and speakers on Saturday, February 26, 2011. You can get more details about the event on the Phati'tude website. And if you don't live in the Queens area, you may still want to check out the phati'tude magazine and website which aims to support cultural diversity through literature. We can get down with that, can't we?