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 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 literary cultural studies focused within the African Diaspora.
Prompted by current events and book study, these think pieces engage with my personal philosophies around activism and social justice beyond a book review.
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.
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.
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.
AND SOMEHOW, ALONG THE WAY, this BECAME MUCH MORE THAN A BOOK BLOG.
WELCOME TO BLACK & BOOKISH
Hope you stay a while.