Mary B. Morrison Virtual Book Launch via Shindig



Between the Lines: Farah Jasmine Griffin and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Schomburg September Event


The former fellow Farah Jasmine Griffin discusses her new book, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II, with the writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, author of Harlem is Nowhere. This discussion is part of the “Between the Lines” series, curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and co-presented with the Cullman Center.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium

515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801

Click here to reserve your free seats!


Updated: Author Appearance: NY Times Bestseller Mary B. Morrison Signing Copies of “I’d Rather Be With You”

Rather Be With You

Additional Appearances

August 1, 2013|6:00PM| Shingdig Virtual Signing| RSVP

August 23, 2013| 6:00 PM| The Belle| The Belle| 5151 E. Raines Road, Memphis, TN

August 31, 2013|Time TBD| 2013 Decatur Book Festival| Downtown Decatur, GA

2013 Harlem Book Fair Live Stream

Check out the link below to watch the live stream of the Harlem Book Fair. The stream is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m.



Below is a listing of the scheduled events.

2013 Harlem Book Fair

Book TV is LIVE from the 15th annual Harlem Book Fair from the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Our schedule of coverage includes:

12:00 PM ET     Panel: Science & Health

Jonathan Metlz, The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease

Alondra Nelson, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination

Samuel Roberts, Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation

Harriet Washington, Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself – and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future

Moderator:  Sheldon Krimsky, Genetic Justice: DNA Data Banks, Criminal Investigations, and Civil Liberties


1:15 PM ET      Call-in with Harriet Washington, Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself – and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future


1:30 PM ET      Conversation on Drugs

E.R. Shipp, Associate Professor and Journalist-in-Residence, Morgan State University

Carl Hart, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society


2:45 PM ET      Call-in with Carl Hart, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society


3:00 PM ET      Panel: African-American History & the 21st Century

Farah Griffin, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II

Kendall Thomas, Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement

Peniel Joseph, Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

Moderator: Tina Campt, Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich


4:15 PM ET Call-in with Farah Griffin, Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II


4:30 PM ET      Panel: Legacies of Rosa Parks & Eslanda Robeson

Barbara Ransby, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson

Jeanne Theoharis, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Mary Frances Berry, former chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and co-author of Power in Words: The Stories Behind Barack Obama’s Speeches, from the State House to the White House


5:45 PM ET      Call-in with Jeanne Theoharis, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks


6:00 PM ET      Panel:  The Church & Political Activism

Anthea Butler, Women in the Church of God in Christ:  Making a Sanctified World

Rev. James Forbes, Who’s Gospel: A Concise Guide to Progressive Protestantism

Eddie Glaude, Jr., In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America

Obery Hendricks, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings

Moderator: Josef Sorret, Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University


7:15 PM ET:   Call-in with Obery Hendricks, The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teachings


Worth The Read: Upcoming July and August Books

Football WidowsGame day takes on a whole new meaning when these lonely football wives start playing!

During football season, NFL coaches gear up for war on the gridiron, leaving their wives to fend for themselves. But B. J. Almond has had enough. She is livid when she finds her head coach husband in bed with one of his assistant coaches’ wives. What really sets her off, though, is when she discovers the other wives knew about the affair all along. What better way to get revenge than to air everyone’s dirty laundry in a juicy tell-all book!

B. J. knows where all the bodies are buried, and she’s digging up all the dirt. But before she starts writing, she’s running up the score with a lawsuit against her husband and his mistress. Armed with flight records, copies of naughty emails, phone records, and pictures, B. J. isn’t holding back. And neither are the other football wives, who will stop at nothing to keep their shady secrets from going public. (From Publisher)


Baggage Claim

Heralded by the press and millions of theatergoers for his eleven wildly popular musical stage plays, five-time NAACP award-winning playwright David E. Talbert leaps onto the publishing scene with his debut novel, a big-hearted story about friendship, family, and the relentless pursuit of love.

Baggage Claim gives you a first-class peek into the wacky world of Montana Moore, a thirty-five-year-old flight attendant with enough baggage from her past relationships to fill an entire Samsonite showroom. Montana is an incurable romantic. A dreamer. The kind of woman who has her head in the clouds while her heart splatters swiftly to the ground.
With her mother having just tied the knot for a record-breaking fourth time and her baby sister, Sheree, rushing to jump the broom, five-time maid of honor Montana is dangerously close to becoming not only the oldest, but the only woman in her entire family never to be married.  Having convinced herself that there’s no way in heaven or hell she’s showing up at her sister’s Christmas Eve engagement party without a prospect of her own, Montana concocts her wildest and most romantically ridiculous plan yet: a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile trek in search of a husband. (From Publisher)

Watch the trailer for the film here.


Sunday You Learn How to Box

Fourteen-year-old Louis Bowman lives in a boxing ring—a housing project circa 1968—and is fighting “just to get to the end of the round.” Sharing the ring is his mother, Jeanette Stamps, a ferociously stubborn woman battling for her own dreams to be realized; his stepfather, Ben Stamps, the would-be savior, who becomes the sparring partner to them both; and the enigmatic Ray Anthony Robinson, the neighborhood “hoodlum” in purple polyester pants, who sets young Louis’s heart spinning with the first stirrings of sexual longing. (From Publisher)

Learn more about Bil Wright here.




The Latest in Celebrity Advice Books, Part II


Us Weekly says The Love Playbook  chronicles LaLa’s search for romance and offers hard-won advice about how to have a healthy relationship. Married since 2010 to New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony, the star details the bad dates and backstabbing friends she had to overcome to get to where she is now.”

The book was co-authored by Karen Hunter and will be released on Jan. 28, 2014, by Penguin Group publisher Celebra.








Tamar and Vince are taking their love from the small screen to print with their upcoming book, Love & War, the same title as Tamar’s debut single.  “She is the outspoken, over-the-top, diva and star of The Braxton Family Values. He is the low-key, soft-spoken manager of Mindless Behavior and Lady Gaga. Together they are the stars of the hit reality show, Tamar and Vince. With the divorce rate in America more than 50% and among celebrities more than 75%, how does this couple keep the fires burning? In their book, Love & War, Vince and Tamar will give some answers: “He lets me be me,” Tamar says. “You can’t try to change people, you have to love them despite their faults. And oh yeah, there’s also a whole lot of prayer and meditation. A whole lot of prayer!” “Yes,” Vince adds. “God is good!” (From Publisher).

No date just yet for the upcoming book.