Welcome to black & bookish

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Reading has not so much changed my life as shaped it.
— Ellis Cose, The Word

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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) adjectivea 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 is an education site that contains book reviews, lists, opinion pieces, and services all based around the love of books, Blackness, and continual exploration. 

You have stumbled upon a living history database of cultural studies focused on the African Diaspora. 


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How to be Bookish (A Blog)

Prompted by current events and book study, these think pieces engage with my personal philosophies around activism and social justice beyond a book review. 

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Book Reviews

This is what started Black & Bookish. Reviews are a mix of genres, new and indie authors, and old favorites and classics. Submissions guidelines can be found here for the Self-Published Spotlight.  

Literary Services

Manuscript critiques, sensitivity reads, and project consultations are available to help writers tell their best stories.


This all 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.

 
 Zora Neale Hurston, author of  Their Eyes Were Watching God  and  Of Mules and Men . (Google Images)

Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God and Of Mules and Men. (Google Images)

 Kwame Alexander, author of  The Crossover  and  Booked . (Google Images)

Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover and Booked. (Google Images)

 
 Octavia E. Butler, author of  Parable of the Sower  and  Kindred . (Google Images)

Octavia E. Butler, author of Parable of the Sower and Kindred. (Google Images)

 

And CONTINUED WITH LOCAL AND INDEPENDENT AUTHORS.

 

Some of the best stories come from the communities we live in each day. Organizations like World Stage Press and Flowered Concrete help new writers tell their stories. 

 
 Camari Carter, author of  Death by Comb

Camari Carter, author of Death by Comb

 S.L. Ladd, author of  Suburban Werewolf

S.L. Ladd, author of Suburban Werewolf


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.

Have a local event you'd like me to attend? Click the button to complete a suggestion form. 

 
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Allowing for New Perspectives.

 

Bookish Thoughts are just that- beyond the books. Social Justice Studies are current events or cultural themes (like Colorism or Racism) that I need to get off my chest.  

 

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.

 
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 The great Odie Hawkins at the Paperback Collection Expo

The great Odie Hawkins at the Paperback Collection Expo


AND SOMEHOW, ALONG THE WAY, this BECAME MUCH MORE THAN A BOOK BLOG. 

 
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The Historic Thomas House in Eatonville, FL

 

WELCOME TO BLACK & BOOKISH

Hope you stay a while.