2013 National Black Book Festival

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Worth the Read: Upcoming New Releases for October

In Rejected Stone, his first book in over a decade, Reverend Al will take you behind the scenes of some un­expected places – from officiating Michael Jack­son’s funeral, hanging out with Jay-Z and Presi­dent Barack Obama at the White House, to taking charge of the Trayvon Martin case. And he will discuss how he came to his unexpected conclusions in such areas as immigration, gay rights, religion and the family.

But the heart of this book is an intimate discus­sion of his own personal evolution from street activist, pulpit provocateur and civil rights leader to the man he is today – one hundred pounds slim­mer, and according to the New York Observer, “the most thoughtful voice on cable.”

View appearances for Rev. Al Sharpton here.

Hell House: Reality TV Drama

In this ingenious novel that brings reality TV to the printed page, drama levels go through the roof as six outrageous characters fiercely compete to win $100,000.

The most controversial characters from Brenda Hampton’s bestselling novels come together in a house that could unite— or destroy—them all. Roc Dawson from Full Figured, Chase Jenkins from Don’t Even GoThere, Sylvia McMillan from SLICK, Jada Mahoney from How Can I Be Down?, Jamal “Prince” Perkins from Street Soldier, and Jaylin Rogers from the Naughty Series attempt to put aside their overwhelming differences and calm their unique personalities.

Without supervision, though, anything could happen inside Hell House—especially when there’s $100,000 at stake. And these six cutthroat contestants are determined to have it all. Overflowing with drama, raunchiness, and manipulation, survival by any means necessary is their primary focus, but only those with tough skin will make it to the next round.

Get your copy here.

Driven: From Homeless to Hero, My Journeys On and Off Lambeau Field

The legendary NFL receiver, all-time receptions and yards leader for the Green Bay Packers, and Dancing with the Stars champion looks back on his life and career.

Now, in his memoir, Driver recalls what it was like to go from living in a U-Haul trailer with his mom on the streets of Houston to earning a spot on the Packers roster and becoming one of Brett Favre’s favorite targets on the way to football stardom. He takes you inside the locker room with legends such as Favre and Reggie White, and recalls his more recent roles as a veteran leader for stars like Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings during the 2010 Super Bowl season and as a Dancing with the Stars winner.

A seventh-round draft pick in 1999, Donald Driver was given little chance of making the Packers roster, much less of becoming a 1,000-yard receiver, a beloved icon for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, and a Super Bowl champion. But in a life of adversity, Driver has overcome obstacle after obstacle and has become one of the most popular players in the NFL.

Get your copy here.

Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership

The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership

 

 

In Rejected Stone, his first book in over a decade, Reverend Al will take you behind the scenes of some un­expected places – from officiating Michael Jack­son’s funeral, hanging out with Jay-Z and Presi­dent Barack Obama at the White House, to taking charge of the Trayvon Martin case. And he will discuss how he came to his unexpected conclusions in such areas as immigration, gay rights, religion and the family.

But the heart of this book is an intimate discus­sion of his own personal evolution from street activist, pulpit provocateur and civil rights leader to the man he is today – one hundred pounds slim­mer, and according to the New York Observer, “the most thoughtful voice on cable.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appearances

October 8, 2013| 12:00 PM| Fifth Ave 555 Fifth Avenue| New York, NY 10017| 212-697-3048

 

 

 

I Am Troy Davis: 2 Years Later Special Event and Book Signing

Saturday, September 21, 2013|4:00 p.m.| Decatur Library Auditorium

215 Sycamore St  Decatur, GA 30030| (404) 370-8450

 

ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, despite an international outcry due to his strong  case of innocence, Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of  Georgia.

Davis’s execution was protested by hundreds of thousands across  the globe, and his story captured the world’s attention. I AM TROY  DAVIS, co-authored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’ sister Martina  Davis-Correia, tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in  an inexorable tragedy. From his childhood in racially charged Savannah;  to the confused events that led to the 1989 murder of a police officer;  to Davis’ sudden arrest, conviction, and two-decade fight to prove his  innocence; I AM TROY DAVIS takes us inside a broken legal system where  life and death hang in the balance. TIME magazine named Troy Davis one  of 2011’s most influential people.

Jen Marlowe, a human rights activist, writer, and filmmaker, is the  author of “The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner  to Peacemaker” and” Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival.” Jen’s an  award-winning documentary films include” One Family in Gaza”,”  Rebuilding Hope: Sudan’s Lost Boys Return Home” and “Darfur Diaries”.  Martina Davis-Correia, sister of Troy Davis, was Amnesty USA’s co-Death  Penalty Abolition Coordinator for Georgia. She served on the boards of  Georgia’s NAACP branch, The Campaign to End the Death Penalty and  Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.

The program will feature a panel of guests: Jen Marlowe, Terrica Redfield Ganzy from Southern Center for Human Rights, Jared Feuer from Amnesty International-USA, and members of Troy Davis’ family. The event will conclude with a special musical tribute.

 Books will be available for purchase, with a portion  of the proceeds benefiting the Georgia Center for the Book.

 

 

Author Apperance: Academy-Award Winning Actress Octavia Spencer

Meet Randi Rhodes, the world’s first ninja detective! Mystery abounds in this delightful new middle grade series from Academy Award–winning actress Octavia Spencer.

Deer Creek is a small town whose only hope for survival is the success of their Founder’s Day Festival. But the festival’s main attraction, a time capsule that many people believe hold the town’s treasure, has gone missing.

Randi Rhodes and her best friend, D.C., are Bruce Lee–inspired ninjas and local detectives determined to solve the case. Even if it means investigating in a haunted cabin and facing mean old Angus McCarthy, prime suspect.

They have three days to find the treasure…the future of their whole town is at stake! Will these kids be able to save the day?

Get your copy here.

 

 

 

Appearances

10/15/13 4:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Broadway @ 82nd Street. New York, NY.

10/16/13 7:00 PM at Book Revue – New York Avenue. Huntington, NY.

10/17/13 5:00 PM at Lemuria Books – Banner Hall – I-55 North. Jackson, MS.

10/18/13 5:00 PM at the Alabama Booksmith – 19th Place. Hopewood, AL.

10/19/13 4:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Third Street Promenade. Santa Monica, CA.

10/22/13 5:00 PM at the Blue Willow Bookshop – Memorial Drive. Houston, TX.

10/23/13 12:00 PM at Andersons Bookshop – West Jefferson. Naperville, IL.

10/25/13 7:00 PM at Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop – Bonita Avenue. La Verne, CA.

10/28/13 6:30 PM at Vroman’s Bookstore – East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA.

10/29/13 5:00 PM at A Whale Of a Tale – Campus Drive. Irvine, CA.

 

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi And Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack

Comprising elements of the avant-garde, science fiction, cutting-edge hip-hop, black comix, and graphic novels, Afrofuturism spans both underground and mainstream pop culture. With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and all social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves. http://www.iafrofuturism.com. This book introduces readers to the burgeoning artists creating Afrofuturist works, the history of innovators in the past, and the wide range of subjects they explore.

I received my review copy a few days ago and the book is absolutely incredible.  The book officially launches Thursday, October 1, 2013.  Pre-Order your copy here.

Check out the book trailer for Afrofutrism below and follow Ytasha L. Womack on Twitter @ytashawomack


 

Appearances

Afrofuturism Inaugural Book Launch & Signing, Chicago, Thursday Oct. 3, 2013, Red Kiva, 1108 W. Randolph,, 6-9 pm  Author Ytasha L. Womack hosts this fun filled book signing and kick off. Sci Fi/Superhero costumes, cosplay & nerd chic welcome (not required of course).  CLICK HERE

Race in Space Conference at Duke Univeristy, Durham, NC, Fri, Oct 25-Sat, Oct 26 at Duke University. Don’t miss this first of its kind conference on race, culture and ethnicity in the burgeoning business of space colonies and settlements on space stations, planets and stars. Includes a keynote address by astronaut Mae Jemison. Ytasha L. Womack presents Rayla 2212: Afrofuturism, Space and the Imagination on Sat., 1:30-2:30pm. Book signing to follow.  CLICK HERE

First Look: “The Green Book Chronicles” Documentary Film

The Green Book Chronicles

The Green Book Chronicles: Connecting with Victor Green’s Travel Guides for African Americans 1936-64 is a documentary film with animated clips throughout that was co-produced by author and renowned playwright, Calvin A. Ramsey and Becky Wible Searles.

cover of 1940 Green Book

The Green Book, which was published from 1936 until the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964,  listed establishments across the U.S. (and eventually North America) that welcomed blacks during a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws often made travel difficult — and sometimes dangerous.

Click here to see the 1949 book in its entirety. The spring 1956 edition is available online. The award-winning book, Ruth and the Green Book, written by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, is an excellent fictional introduction to The Green Book for children. Check out this interactive map of the listings in the 1956 edition.

 

 

This exclusive preview shows excerpts of animation and interviews in progress with preliminary backgrounds, titles, and audio and features an interesting tale from retired NASA employee turned photographer, Dr. Curtis Graves, whom I’ve worked with previously and commentary from the daughter of Freddye and Jacob “Jake” Henderson, founders of the first African American Travel Agency, Henderson Travel Service founded in Atlanta, Georgia.

I’m super excited about this new film. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Mr. Ramsey on several occasions.

For more information on the film visit the production website at www.greenbookchronicles.com