The importance of telling black stories
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
Black & Bookish celebrates literature through curated book reviews, lists, opinion pieces, and services all based around the love of books, Blackness, and continual exploration. Our mission is to provide accessible resources to Black Literary Arts and create a living history database of literary cultural studies focused within the African Diaspora.
Reviews are a mix of genres, new and indie authors, old favorites and classics. Submissions guidelines can be found here for the Self-Published Spotlight, a program built to elevate new authors.
Articles and Resources
Current events and book study fuel our think pieces. Each post revolves around my personal philosophies about activism and a look at the culture beyond book reviews. You can also find writing and reading resources to keep you on track with your bookish goals.
With Professional Reader services, Manuscript Critiques, Developmental Editing, and everything in-between, my team will is here to help Black writers tell their best stories.
The Herstory of Black & Bookish STARTED WITH AUTHORS I ALREADY KNEW AND LOVED.
A search of my own personal library contained many titles by black authors. Most were best sellers or classics. I had much more material than expected and a decent start to my experiment.
And CONTINUED WITH LOCAL AND INDEPENDENT AUTHORS.
Next Came with LOCAL Bookish EVENTS.
Attending book signings by local authors quickly became my favorite thing to do. Live poetry readings feed my soul. High energy, low energy, panels, and booths.
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Allowing for New Perspectives.
Then I embraced all that I had to give.
Editing and manuscript services were the next logical step in serving writer’s needs. Helping writers tell great stories added to the mission of the site. Writing posts offer tips to can help you stay on track and tell your story.
AND SOMEHOW, ALONG THE WAY, this BECAME MUCH MORE THAN A BOOK BLOG.
WELCOME TO BLACK & BOOKISH
Hope you stay a while.