Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Black History Month Links

Got any Black History Month news or planning any special posts? Let me know in the comments and I'll add them to these links.

The Brownbookshelf.com is having a BHM program called "28 days later" featuring a different black author or illustrator each day this month. (Thanks to author and blogger Denene Millner for this info.)

I'm writing another op-ed calling on readers to buy at least one book by a black author this month. Author Bernice McFadden is asking the same.

Color Online "was founded in 2005. Our aim is to provide a platform for young women to express themselves creatively and to expose them to literature and other art forms that reflect their experiences and aspirations. Our community meets online for discussion and to share our writing." Features book reviews and reading discussions of books like The Awakening by L.A. Banks, Wild Seed by Octavia Butler and Body of Life by Elizabeth Alexander. And they're having a Black History Month Writing Contest-enter and you might win a free copy of November Blues by Sharon Draper.

WriteBlack has a review of One Big Happy Family: 18 Writers Talk About Polyamory, Open Adoption, Mixed Marriage, Househusbandry, Single Motherhood, and Other Realities of Truly Modern Love edited by Rebecca Walker.

The Savvy Reader (a blog by HarperCollins in Canada) recommends 10 Books for Black History Month.

Random House recommends these books for kids for February.

Harcourt Trade Publisher's list of suggested BHM children's books.

Blogger Wild Rose Reader suggests more kids books.

A handy list of kids' reads broken down by grade from Just Read Florida.

Check out the February issue of Mosaic Literary Magazine (and consider making a gift in support of the magazine.)

Barnes & Noble Current Events Book Club discusses Gwen Ifill's The Breakthrough and other books for Black History Month.

For BHM, the Barnes & Noble Studio features videos, podcasts and interviews with Tavis Smiley, Kadir Nelson, Barbara Dianne Savage and other authors.

The Carl Brandon Society suggests a list of speculative fiction to celebrate BHM.

Great list of books (fiction and nonfiction) compiled by Prof. Susan Garrett, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

A list of novels by Fast Reader on Amazon.com.

"10 Great Novels by African Americans" offered at MSN Encarta.

BHM 2006 titles from Beacon Press.

Tayari Jones writes about being a black writer during February- we get suddenly popular! (The Believer Magazine 2008).

BHM list from Library Journal.

Diversity Rocks knows how you can win a free book from Powell's or Amazon!


Color Online said...

Thanks for the shout out!

Promote our contest- entered to win Ms. Draper's book.

Submit a review for the contest- entered to win gift cards & free book.

Color Online said...

And thanks for the links. Can't wait to check them out.

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

Check out www.thebrownbookshelf.com. They're doing a month-long program called "28 Days Later," in which they'll be featuring a different black author or illustrator of children's books. They've also got a wonderful list of recommended multicultural books, and a listing of sites that review black books. Really a nice spotlight for underpromoted and unknown black authors!