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Meet Ella at Capital BookFest '09— Author Schedule

Capital BookFest '09—Schedule
Author signings will follow each presentation
October 3, 2009, 10am – 7pm
Borders Largo, Maryland

Bookclub preidents Meet Ella at Capital BookFest to receive gift bags of review books! Let us help you select your next book of the month. We have several awesome books for your club to preview and to review. Look for the EDC logo on the table.

Pastor Jamal Bryant. Marita Golden. Omar Tyree. Shane Evans. E. Ethelbert Miller. Tim Reid. Charisse Nunes. Liza Mundy. Connie Briscoe. Victoria Christopher Murray. These are just a few of the amazing authors who will participate in the fifth annual Capital BookFest.


The popular, family-oriented Capital BookFest returns to the National Capital area this year on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Festivities are spread among four different zones in and around the Borders Books and Café, 931A Capital Centre Blvd, inside The Blvd at Capital C…

Living in a Bubble by Moses Miller


I sometimes wonder if many of us are living in a fragile little bubble, so caught up in our own lives that we fail to realize what's really going on around us. Our kids are killing one another at an alarming rate, but some of us only seem to care when it's one of our own who are victimized. Many of our communities are becoming dangerous wastelands, compelling the vast majority of us to strive to move out and never look back. I wonder, does that make us any better than those Caucasians who vacate a community as soon as a minority family moves in?

Countless school districts (partly) responsible for educating our children are inadequate, but what do we do? Most do nothing. A few complain and blame the overburdened teachers, while some others who can afford it go the private school route. I wonder how many of us recognize a need and educate our own children at home, sacrificing our own time and energy to ensure their success? How many of us mentor a child who isn&…

The Survival Bible: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men

Greetings Bookclub Member,
I’m sure like most book clubs, your club is into reading fiction. But as lovers of the written word, I wanted to introduce you to my nonfiction book, The Survival Bible: 16 Life Lessons for Young Black Men.

I’m not expecting you to choose it as a book club selection (although that would be nice), but I’m hoping that as mothers, educators, community leaders, and someone who cares about the future of young people, you will help spread the word to someone you think might benefit from the book, especially in light of all the craziness going on with our young Black men.

There are very few books aimed at young black men, and even fewer written by someone who has seen the ugly side of walking the wrong path. I’m lucky that I lived to tell about my life in the streets. I’m even luckier that I learned some valuable lessons from my journey and it’s now my hope to spread those lessons to young black men across the county.

Just a little bit about me…I am the author of five…

Black Men Where Are You?! by Brenda Hampton

Black Men Where Are You?!

by Brenda HamptonBy now, I’m sure that many of you have heard about the recent beating of the teenager in Chicago, many have seen the school bus incident where two Black teenage students attacked a white student, and just last night in my hometown, another 16 year old was gunned down by his peers. This is happening everywhere, and unless we begin to address the real reasons as to why this is happening, more of our children will be killed. Just think, what if something like what happened to Derrion Albert happened to your sons or daughters?

I’ve thought about it, and the thought pains me. I can’t even imagine what the mothers and fathers go through after losing their children, but after watching the video of Derrion Albert being beat, I can’t rest peacefully and I’m literally sick to my stomach. I can’t stop thinking about how anyone can cause such harm to another person. What’s going on with you, where you feel proud about stomping someone to death or bashing t…

Why Don’t African-Americans Go to Therapy?

Why Don’t African-Americans Go to Therapy?
By: Tonya Ladipo

There are many different ideas about why we don't seek therapy. Some believe that it is only for wealthy, White people, others believe that you don't go outside the family with your problems. Some of these thoughts keep us struggling more than we need to. Here are some of the more prevalent ones.

"But I'm not touched"
Many of us think you have to be "touched" or "crazy" to go to therapy." While it's true that some people with mental health issues seek therapy, it's really a service for anyone. Therapy is a paid service that connects you with a trained professional who provides you with the support you need to live a healthier and happier life.

When I first met "Andre" he was apprehensive about seeking therapy. For many months, he questioned whether or not he should be in therapy. Overall, he felt that his life was manageable and that he did not have enough problems t…

The Manual: Sherryle Jackson Online Book Tour

Join author Sherryle Kiser Jackson on her virtual book tour to meet the characters of The Manual. Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a fresh voice in Christian fiction. Her style reflects an honest commentary on her life with Christ. Soon and Very Soon is her debut novel. She anxiously awaits the publication of her second novel, The Manual, October 2009. Experience her too real to be preachy, Biblically based, out-the-Christian-box fiction at or on

For more information about Sherryle Kiser Jackson go to

Sherryle Kiser Jackson author of The Manual
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The second novel,…

Events: Capital Book Festival--Oct. 3, 2009

Capital Book Festival--Oct. 3, 2009
Capital BookFest (Author signings will follow each presentation)
Time: 10am – 7pm

MAINSTAGE (Inside Borders)

Slideshow & Talk: The Muslim World: Alexandra Avakian, author of Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslin world

11:00 – 11:45
Fiction Reading: Donna Hill & Tinesha Davis, Holler at the Moon

11:50 - 12:40
Talk: E. Ethelbert Miller, The 5th Inning: A Memoir

12:50 – 1:40
Reading & Talk: W. Ralph Eubanks, The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South
Jennifer Bazille, Black Girl Next Door

1:50 – 2:40
Talk: Liza Mundy, author Michelle Obama

2:50 – 3:50
It’s About Love Reading hosted by Marita Golden

4:00 – 4:50
Reading: Connie Briscoe

5:10 - 6:10
Talk: Conversation with Tim Reid, Comedian and author of Tim and Tom

6:20 until
Reading & Talk: R. Dwayne Betts, A Question of Freedom: Memoir


Talk: David Johns, The State of Black America &q…

Distinct Ladies 3rd Anniversary Party Oct. 10, 2009

Distinct Ladies 3rd Anniversary Party Oct. 10, 2009
The Distinct Ladies extends an invitation for you to celebrate this milestone with us. We have Memphis' Own Recha G. Peay, Best Selling Author Jihad and HollyGrove President and the Nation Best Selling Author Brian W. Smith.

When: October 10, 2009
Time: 4pm till 8pm Doors Open @ 3:30pm
Where: St. Paul Lodge on 423 East Georgia Street, Memphis, TN
Cost: $10 Per Person
Door Prizes, Food, Poetry and More

If you would like to purchase these books in advance or for more info, please email

The Distinct Ladies Bookclub
P.O. Box 271415
Memphis, TN 38167
Tiffany Rainey-President
Josula Williams-Vice President

Intimate Conversation with the Distinct Ladies Bookclub

EDC: Share with us the history of the organization and President's biography.
DLBC: Tiffany Rainey is currently the President and one of the founders of Distinct Ladies Bo…

Sonia Sanchez featured speaker Bennett College for Women

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the “Greensboro Massacre”, Bennett College for Women will host a Community Activism Forum —“From History to Healing” on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 9:30am – 2:30pm.

The Forum will pay special tribute to Bennett Alumna Sandra Neely Smith, Class of 1973 and former Student Government AssociationPresident, who was killed in the 1979 massacre while organizing mill workers.
The Forum will be held at the Sheraton Four Seasons (3121 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC 27407) and will include a recognition luncheon. The luncheon will acknowledge a student and several local community activists.

Renowned poet, Sonia Sanchez will be the featured speaker at the luncheon. Bennett College President, Dr. Julianne Malveaux along with local activists, Ms. Joyce Johnson and Mr. Lewis Brandon of the Truth and Reconciliation Project, along with Bennett alumnae, Ms. Maxine Bakeman, Dr. Myra McCoy Pope, Ms. Gladys Robinson and friends of Sandra Neely Smith will partici…

Book Review: Somebody's Sinning In My Bed

Don't Point Fingers, September 21, 2009
By Shelia M Goss (Entertainment Writer & Author of Young Adult Books & Women's Fiction) - See all my reviews

Somebody's Sinning In My Bed

Pat G'Orge Walker's latest book is filled with characters that jump off the page. The books opening sets the tone for the fast pace story. Chyna feels her current tragedy is just payback for the sins she committed. The stress leads her sister Janelle to come to her rescue. There's several twists and turns in the story that will not let you put the book down.

Chyna is the first lady and has to deal with several church members who are determined to get rid of her. Those same church members have a past that would make Chyna's seem meek and mild. Pat G'Orge Walker has a way of showing us our flaws in a humorous manner. She reminds us through her writing that all of us have sinned and shouldn't point fingers at others. I highly recommend this book.

Shelia M Goss, Author of …

Black Writers as Cultural Activists & Gatekeepers of History

The Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion is presented by The Renaissance Group, LLC, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Say It Loud Readers & Writers Series! and Howard University Bookstore

Mind Readers and Wealth at CBC


Black Writers as Cultural Activists

Black Writers as Cultural Activists & Gatekeepers of History

Moderated by Marita Golden Thursday, September 24th

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C. Exhibit Hall E --- Booth 819

Panelists: Paula Giddings Ida Sword Among Lions; Ralph Eubanks The House at the End of the Road: A Story of Race, Identity, & Memory; Howard Dodson In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience; Annette Gordon-Reed The Hemingses of Monticello; David Levering Lewis W.E. B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality & the American Century, 1919-1963

Teen Girls, Arts and Education at CBC

The Congressional Black Caucus Author Pavilion is presented by The Renaissance Group, LLC, The Hurston Wright Foundation, Say It Loud Readers & Writers Series! and Howard University Bookstore

Forsaken Blog Tour 9-28 to 10-2

Forsaken Blog Tour (September 28 - October 2, 2009)


September 28 - Black Authors Network (8-10 pm EST)

October 1 - Chocolate Pages Show (4 pm EST)

October 1 - REAL TALK WITH TANYA WHITE Radio Show (7 pm EST)

October 1 - WordThirst Literary Online Radio Show (8 pm EST)

October 15 - Inspiration Station (6:30 pm EST)


September 28

All the Buzz Reviews

Rhonda McKnight

Patricia Woodside

September 29

RAWSistaz Literary Group

Tia McCollors

Wanda Campbell

September 30


Joey Reviews

Angela Benson

Making The Manual: Book Video Preview

Making The Manual: Book Video Preview

Facebook Readers--Link to view the book video full screen.

The second novel, The Manual from author, Sherryle Jackson who brought you Soon and Very Soon will be released in October 2009. With a chance to confront their past with the hindsight of adulthood, The Manual, takes a realistic look into the lives of two unequally-yoked high school sweethearts who must forgive and forget to raise their teenaged son. Follow the author as she chronicles the journey from conception to the printed page.

Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1601629354
ISBN-13: 978-1601629357

Sherryle Kiser Jackson is a fresh voice in Christian fiction. Her style reflects an honest commentary on her life with Christ. Soon and Very Soon is her debut novel. She anxiously awaits the publication of her second novel, The Manual, October 2009. Experience her too real to be preachy, Biblically based, out-the-Christian-box fiction at www.sherrylejackson.…

Featured Book: The Manual by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

Excerpt Chapter 1: The Manual by Sherryle Kiser Jackson

"Blessed are the children, for they shall inherit the earth."

Need a manual on raising children and having healthy relationships? Refer to the Bible. That's what Deidre Collins' inner spirit is telling her to do now that Andre, her son's father, is back in town after deserting them eight years ago.

At fourteen years old, her son, DeAndre, is struggling with his own issues-peer pressure, problems at school, and figuring out how to navigate his first crush.

When DeAndre gets suspended from school for ten days, Andre sees it as the perfect opportunity to get to know his son-and to get closer to Deidre. Can this couple overcome the past for the sake of their son's future?

Read the first chapter to see how fourteen years old Andre and his parent deal with the issues at hand.
ISBN: 1601629354
ISBN-13: 9781601629357
Genre: Christian Fiction
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Excerpt Chapter …

Book Tour- How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts

Book: How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts

Publisher: Neighborhood Publishing
Pub. Date: April 2009
ISBN-13: 9780615290508

Molly is a woman who has lived the equivalent of two lifetimes, a life filled with at times hardship, struggle, triumphs but many challenges, sometimes of near epic proportions. In spite of this, she has never backed away from a situation or conflict despite the consequences, many of which have been enormous and there were great prices to be paid. This memoir, "How I Made the Angels Cry" is her struggle with spirituality, sexuality, corruption, injustice, and murder.

"It will take you from desperation to inspiration. What a liberating ride!"

Buy the book at:, Barnes and or order from your local bookstore, distributed by Ingram Book Group.

Follow Author Meleisa Betts on her Internet Book Tour
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Audio Preview How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts

How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts
Neighborhood Publishing (April 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0615290507; ISBN-13: 978-0615290508

Listen to the audio preview from author Meleisa Betts
"Cleanse the Soul by Facing the Truth"
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How I Made The Angels Cry by Meleisa Betts
ISBN-13: 9780615290508

Melesia Betts Online Media Center

Book Reviewed By Heather Slocumb(Official Apex Reviews Rating: 4.5 Stars)

"Life to me is not like a box of chocolates, life is a Pandora's Box filled with 'what if's.' It doesn't matter how rich you are or how poor you are, you going to go through hell in some form or fashion unless you are just plain lucky."-- Molly, How I Made The Angels Cry

Molly Betts claims to have done two lifetimes' worth of living in her short time on Earth, and, by all accounts, such a remark is a stark understatement. …

The Mosaic Literary Conference

The Mosaic Literary Conference presents creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity.

This day of professional-development workshops will help educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work that focuses on cultures, history, and social studies.

Official website:

Early Registration: $30 (ends Sept 23)
Regular Registration: $50
Listen to a interview with Ron Kavanaugh of Mosaic Literary Magazine- Interview on BAN Radio with host Ella Curry. Ron discusses this event and the need for the community to READ.

The Mosaic Literary Conference DetailsRegistration/Breakfast
Mosaic Workshop 2 concurrent workshops
Lunch/Vendor village
2 concurrent workshops 2 concurrent workshops

Registration includes gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch, and a 1-year subscription to Mosaic

Conference Date: N…

The Christian Fiction Anthology of the year Bended Knees is coming

The Christian Fiction Anthology of the year "Bended Knees" is coming!

Nationwide Release: December 1, 2009

Retail Price: $15.25
Pre-order Price: $9.99

Books can only be pre-ordered from the Hollygrove Publishing website.

All pre-ordered books will be delivered
November 17-21, 2009...just in time for the holidays.

Hollygrove Publishing has assembled seven talented authors (each representing a different region of the country) to contribute what will surely be considered one of the best books of the year. Each author delivers a short story based on real life scenarios that "real folk" can relate to. Check out this roster of best selling authors (listed in the order that their story will appear):

Brian W. Smith, Best Selling Contemporary Fiction Author, is from New Orleans. He delivers a powerful short story titled Forgiveness. Picking up where his best selling novel, Mama's Lies - Daddy's Pain left off, Brian gives the reader a peek…