Monthly Archives: June 2011

Chatting with Cheryl Willis Hudson!

Author Feature: Cheryl Willis Hudson! Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson & Bernette G. Ford DF: Cheryl you are an author, consultant, speaker, and highly respected founding co-publisher of Just Us Books. With your commitment to excellence in … More

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SEMINAR: 8/13 Author Marita Golden's Women WRITE Now! Part Two

Award-winning and best selling author Marita Golden is offering the second installment of her writing and publishing seminar, Women WRITE Now! on Saturday, August 13, 2011.  The seminar will feature Golden, author/bloggers Kyra E. Hicks and Anande Leeke, and senior … More

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Barbecue & Books Go Hand in Hand: 5 Crazy Ways to Promote Your Book!

 How do author’s promote? Well there’s the good ole’ word of mouth, and then there’s email blasts, postcards, in person signing/readings and TV/radio talks (if you’re really big time). And what about if you’re on a budget? Or your … More

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Children's book memories: Richard Scarry books

Popular children’s book author and illustrator Richard Scarry would’ve been 92 this past June 5th. I have fond memories of my mom reading Richard Scarry books to me when I was very little. We had several of his beloved books … More

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Chatting with Kelly Starling Lyons!

Author Feature: Kelly Starling Lyons! NEATE: Eddie’s Ordeal by Kelly Starling Lyons DF: You are the author of several children’s books: One Million Men and Me, NEATE: Eddie’s Ordeal and forthcoming Ellen’s Broom and Tea Cakes for Tosh. How did … More

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ARTICLE: Are Teen Novels Dark and Depraved?

 My answer to this, after taking a very thorough young adult lit class and participating in many in depth discussions during my MFA studies is – “no” with a hint of “yes.”  The darkness and depravity is what so … More

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NEW BOOK: The Kid by Sapphire

Award-winning poet and novelist Sapphire has a new book – The Kid (Penguin Press HC, The July 5, 2011) I ran into Sapphire in Manhattan several months ago at the subway.  This was right after the release of the film … More

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EVENT: 6/14 Reading event for Daddy's Home by Solomon Jones

Just in time for Father’s Day, bestselling author and award-winning columnist Solomon Jones invites you to a live reading from his hilarious new e-book, Daddy’s Home: A Memoir of Fatherhood and Laughter. The reading will be videotaped for a book … More

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EVENT: 6/14 Making Books Sing hosted by Talib Kweli & Cat Greenleaf

  Join Making Books Sing for: A Summer Night to Support Arts Education! Hosted by Emmy award-winning TV journalist, Cat Greenleaf and hip hop artist/activist, Talib Kweli Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:30pm-9:30pm  @ Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th Street (between … More

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NEW DIGITAL STORYBOOK for KIDS: A Song for Miles

The African-American presence in the technology space has been enhanced with the recent release of the first digital storybook for kids, “A Song for Miles.” Written by Dr. Tiffany S. Russell, “A Song for Miles” uses black musical history to … More

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