The importance of telling black stories

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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 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.


Book Reviews

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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

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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.

Literary Services

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.

 
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.

 

The Black cultural experience is heavily wrapped around movements of visual art, performance, and literature. Culture are the posts are that go beyond the books, including current events. Cultural themes (like Colorism or Racism) that I need to get off my chest will be in Activism.

 

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.

 
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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. 

 
The Historic Thomas House in Eatonville, FL

The Historic Thomas House in Eatonville, FL

 

WELCOME TO BLACK & BOOKISH

Hope you stay a while.