Why Black & Bookish?
BLACK: (blak) adjective; of any human group having dark-colored skin, especially of African or Australian Aboriginal ancestry; relating to Black people
BOOK·ISH: (ˈbo͝okiSH) adjective; a person or way of life devoted to reading and studying rather than worldly interests; of language or writing literary in style or allusion
When Black & Bookish launched in 20016, the goal was to create a living history database (both of the past and present) of Black culture. This could be done completely by studying Arts and Humanities created by people of the African Diaspora. She decided to focus on literature and challenged herself to read only books by Black authors for an entire year.
What Made Me Go “All Black?” gives an in-depth overview of how she started this project. 3 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Reading Only Black Authors is the first year in review. The content of the site has morphed and changed in the past two years but the focus has stayed the same.
Antoinette soon took on reviewing books by self-published authors to show the large range of Black writers. This has become a major part of the site and a place to spotlight writing from all over the world.
She attended local book events and in 2017 created some of her own. That was the year she also launched The Thomas House Project in Eatonville, a revitalization of the oldest structure in the town which will eventually be the site of the Black & Bookish Bookstore.
In Fall of 2018 she partnered with My Two Cents Editing to provide editing services to all kinds of writers. She specializes in Sensitivity Reader projects for White writers looking to eliminate bias from their stories. She also provides manuscript evaluations, beta reader services, project consultations, and of course, book reviews.