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Walter Dean Myers named 2012-2013 National Ambassador for YP Literature

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Walter Dean Myers Named New National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, 2012-2013

Prolific Author Chooses “Reading Is Not Optional” as Banner for Platform

Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and two Newbery Honors, was today named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Myers will serve in the position during 2012 and 2013, succeeding Katherine Paterson. Myers has chosen “Reading Is Not Optional” as the heading for his platform. The inauguration ceremony will take place on January 10 at 11:00 a.m. in Room LJ 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

“Walter Dean Myers is one of America’s preeminent authors of books for young people,” said Dr. Billington. “He is a lifelong advocate for reading for young people, and he has practiced what he preaches in schools and detention centers across the country.”

The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is named by the Librarian of Congress for a two-year term, based on recommendations from a selection committee representing many segments of the book community. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children. The position was created to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council (CBC), and Every Child a Reader, the CBC foundation, are the founders andsponsors of the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature initiative ( Financial support for the National Ambassador program is provided by Penguin Young Readers Group, Scholastic Inc., HarperCollins Children’s Books, Random House Children’s Books, Candlewick Press and the Lois Lenski-Covey Foundation.

“Walter Dean Myers is well-known to attendees of our National Book Festival,” said Center for the Book Director John Y. Cole. “He was a popular presenter in 2001, during our first festival, and also in 2003 and 2005. We look forward to his appearance at this year’s festival in September.”

“Walter Dean Myers is a wonderful storyteller and authentic voice,” said Robin Adelson, executive director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.“His pioneering novels are hard-hitting and, at the same time, deliver a powerful sense of hope and dignity, and we believe he will do the same as the next ambassador”.

Walter Dean Myers boasts more than 100 published books, including the New York Times bestseller Monster, the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, a National Book Award Finalist and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults and in 2009 delivered the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, a distinction reserved for an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of children’s literature. He is among today’s most-honored authors. Myers grew up in Harlem, which is the setting for many of his books, and currently resides in Jersey City, N.J.


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Dragon Tattoo Book Club Offer

Get a Chance to Receive Movie Memorabilia from Columbia Pictures!

As a book club member of AAMBC  you can have a chance to receive gifts for attending The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with your Book Club! Simply take a picture of your group at the theater December 21-23, 2011 or send in your ticket stubs with a return address we will send your entire group Special Promotional Items from the film! Reply to Offer is good while supplies last!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy.  Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 65 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon.


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New Book Alleges Tyler Perry’s Success Has Ties To Drug Money

In his new memoir, Never Would Have Made It: The Rise of Tyler Perry, the Most Powerful Entertainer in Black America (And What It Really Took to Get Him There), Melvin Childs, a self-described former radio executive, claims Perry’s growth was significantly dependent on his early investment in him.

How Perry became Hollywood’s highest paid man

Childs also makes the shocking charge that Perry used “risky deals with drug dealers, couriers carrying large bags of cash across the country; backstabbing and double-dealing with corrupt promoters,” plus other illicit means to fund his early work according to the book’s press release.

Childs, who says he has an eye for writing talent, alleges that he helped discover a then unknown Perry. Childs invested in Perry by putting up the money for his production of I Know I’ve Been Changed atAtlanta’s House of Blues — a turning point in the star’s career. Those sold-out shows led to Tyler Perry’s first successful national tour, which were allegedly also made possible through Childs’ money and connections. Childs says he supported the then-struggling star by providing for Perry’s basic living expenses at that time.



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Baltimore Book Festival: Inspiring Our People

Earlier this fall the city of Baltimore implemented its sixteenth annual Baltimore Book Festival. Though, I had never attended the event, I was elated about the featured guests and activities to take place. Upon reading the list of expected speakers, authors, and activities, I knew that I had to attend the informative and inspirational literary event. There was a variety of well-known and underground authors and poets, speakers, activists, community sponsors, etc… There were various literary games, bands, and food and wine vendors present. I was impressed by the immense variety of literary genres that were featured in the event as well. I met numerous non-fiction authors, children, Christian-fiction and non-fiction, radical, teen-fiction, erotica, and adult-fiction novelists. I was pleased to find that two of my favorite not -so -underground authors were to be featured in this event on the same day: The dynamic and New York Best Selling author Terry McMillan, and the multi-talented Kimberla Lawson Roby. I was privileged to meet and briefly converse with both well-respected novelists.
The first of these two adept authors to hit the stage was the infamous Terry McMillan. Of course we were all expecting and anticipating for her to read from her latest debut “Getting to Happy”-a page turning sequel to the classic best-seller “Waiting to Exhale”. “I will not be reading from Getting to Happy today.” she announces as soon as she hits the stage. “I am going to read from a novel that I am currently working on”. Ms. McMillan read a short, humorous, yet poignant excerpt from the up and coming novel. The book is seemingly about a dysfunctional family that is torn apart by complex issues such as drug abuse and financial woes. The excerpt left audience members in awe, and of course, in anticipation of this novel’s release.
After the reading of her novel in progress the audience members were given a chance to ask the author a series of questions regarding her writing techniques, past and prospective characters, etc… One audience member asked: “As far as your characters go, do you develop them as you write, or do you have an idea of who they are before you write them?” “Kind of both”. The writer asserts. “I know where I’m going to take them. I usually start a novel based on a question. What are these people? What are they trying to deal with? I know somewhat what their challenges are. I do these things, kind of like a job application, where I sketch out the characters but I really exaggerate. I know what size shoe they wear, if they wear a weave, if they lie, if they’re allergic to anything, what their favorite class was in school, if there is something in their lives that they could change…what would it be? And at this point, this very moment, what is wrong? What is their issue? What challenges are there that they are facing (that they’re aware of) that they’re avoiding? And that’s what I make sure I make them deal with. That’s usually what the novel is about.
Ms. McMillan is infamous for creating various characters that are facing vast calamitous situations such as: domestic violence, alcohol abuse, heartache, financial woes, racism, marital issues, or family chaos. As a writer, I admire Ms. McMillan’s swift ability to create such drastically different characters who are all facing various issues (in one book) but still manage to have at least one problem in common.
“I don’t write fairy tales “. She continues. “All of us face challenges, and there are a lot of them. For me, life is a series of hills and valleys. Sometimes, as soon as you get that first one and say ‘whew’, here comes another one. It’s (life) a series of what I call knots. How well you unravel the knot maybe determines to some extent how easier the next one will be to unravel. Some people don’t even try to unravel the knots. Some people are just victims, and I don’t write about victims. I find them boring. When you are challenged to some extent in real life, you either have to deal with stuff, or you are a victim.”
The next guest whose arrival I highly anticipated was the New York best selling novelist Ms. Kimberla Lawson Roby. Ms. Roby is infamous for her Reverend Curtis Black series that has turned out to be a nine book cycle. Reverend Curtis Black was first introduced to readers back in 2000 in the page-turning novel “Casting the First Stone”. Readers quickly found that Reverend Black lived an iniquitous, conniving, and manipulative lifestyle. Reverend Curtis’ illicit legend resurfaced itself in : “Too Much of a Good Thing”, “The Best-Kept Secret”, “Love and Lies”, “Sin No More”, “The Best of Everything”, “Be Careful What You Pray For”, “Love, Honor,and Betray”, and an up-and-coming novel that will be released next year according to Kimberla. “I never intended for there to be a sequel to Casting the First Stone” Ms. Roby states once she is asked about her infamous series. “It was just readers asking for it over and over because they could relate to him. In every single city I went to they knew who the Reverend Curtis Black was, and they would even tell me the names of their pastors. Usually, I get people asking who are you are really writing about? People swear they know who I’m writing about. But the Reverend Curtis Black is a mixture of many, many people, not just one.” Aside from the Curtis Black series , Ms. Roby has written a number of phenomenal reads including: “A Deep Dark Secret”, “Between the Lines”, A Taste of Reality”, and her latest debut that was released this year, “Secret Obsession”. I am a huge fan and avid reader of Kimberla because I admire her realistic style and the diversity of real life issues that her novels portray. Her novels address complexities such as: adultery, sexual abuse, harassment, gambling addiction, shopping obsession, sibling chaos, mental issues, and barrenness. Kimberla is now working on her eighteenth book that will hopefully be released in 2012!
I am more than ecstatic that I attended this sublime literary event and that I was able to meet dozens of other people who are also writing to educate and inspire others to succeed. I am glad that the city of Baltimore is motivating all people, but most importantly, people of color, to read and write avidly…For it is up to the future and present writers to inform , encourage, mentally -stimulate, and educate people of color so that OUR world will substantially be a better place.

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Getting to Know Angela H. Brown

Angela is the published author of; IT’S MO BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND! She is on the move and has no plans on stopping any time soon! Angela is motivated to pull her readers into the room and make them feel sexy, and secure to be themselves. It’s Mo Better is based upon bits and pieces of her own life. Angela experienced physical abuse at an early age, but the bruises eventually disappeared and she began to inspire other people to stop playing the victim and plan for your victory! Angela was inspired to write her first book by her attorney who was her client; she is a hair dresser of twenty years. The book became born and the character TIFFANY was released to the world. Tiffany is a young sexy diva who is searching for a LOVE JONES EXPERIENCE. Tiffany meets, and learns that love and sex is two different things. Charles is his name and boxing is his game. Charles is controlling and has the key, and code to Tiffany’s forbidden treasure. Moaning, passion, rain drops of sweat, and screaming his name ends in pain. Now Tiffany’s young and dumb attitude knows better she was raised better than that. The book will take you through a tunnel of confusion, because Tiffany finds out life ain’t perfect. Well look who fell out the sky it is a bird or a plane, no honey it is every woman’s dream it is a scoop of chocolate ice cream dripped in caramel, and nuts with a cherry on top. Lord have mercy it is Mr. Randy to the rescue. Tiffany takes this joy ride then jumps out the passenger seat and hitchhikes right to, what do the lonely do at Christmas life. Readers it get’s Mo Better because love gets real, and the bruises began to fade. This book has so much passion and surprises; it is a small world after all. Mo Better takes a flight toAtlantaand parties to the cool and classy old school beats. Rock with me and slip into your sexy gear, and enjoy making your LOVE JONES experience, a night to remember.

                 Angela Hughes Brown is inspired to write, because she loves expressing herself in a sexy way. She lives onFantasyIsland, when the world gets confusing then she starts to write to give herself a break. This has become her hobby and mission to inspire her readers to become the best what ever they want to be. She has trials and tribulations, but it only makes her stronger. Angela has been a listening ear to her clients for years, she gives them a healthy beautiful look, and inspire them in their hearts that they can make it with God on their side. Angela has never met a stranger she is out going and loves to net work. Her goal is to travel and motivate the world to GO AND GET THEIR DREAMS OUT THERE! When one door closes anther one will open with prayer and faith! Her passion constantly inspires her readers to never let their fire out life is too short! Look for her other books that is coming soon, How TO GET THE HEALTHY BACK IN YOUR HAIR, and CARPET BURNS! Yes Angela is your next fabulous new author she has a heart full of stories to tell, and she prefers to tell it her way. So laugh, cry, and learn a valuable lesson while this dynamic poetic writer pulls you into her world!      

 How To Get the Healthy Back In Your Hair . . .: Rekindling Healthy Hair

How Tto Get the Healthy Back In Your HairThis insightful book educates the reader on how to choose a hair stylist, as well as understanding their hair. It pulls you into the world of healthy hair, and focuses on important issues, like, balding, weaving, colors, and textures. Enjoy a special interview with Kimberly Williams Greer, the personal hair stylist for the Food Network show, Down Home with the Neely’s and Road Tasted with the Neely’s. Wearing your new hat with cancer, will also be featured, it gives important information concerning growing your hair back healthy after loosing your hair. Consultations before you become a client, and much more. . . .
Novel: It’s Mo Better The Second Time Around
Tiffany is a young beautiful virgin, who falls for the wrong guy. She finds that love doesn’t wear a glove, and Charles is her abuser! He inherited this mixed up abuse from Daddy Dearest! Tiffany gives up her forbidden hidden treasure, and wears tattoos in all rainbow colors. She knows that mama didn’t raise no fool! She moans,screams,and cries out for help, making love feels like, Mr. just doing his business. Tiffany has a long way to go, and being grown doesn’t seem so pretty. Charles becomes a thing of the past finally, but he leaves scares inside this young ladies heart! Mr.Right enters into Tiffany’s world, but there is much work to do. Randy is very handsome, charming, and is lover not a fighter! Can Tiffany let the past go and eat all the dessert that is on her plate? Randy is the best thing that has ever happened to Tiffany. She learns what real love feels like! Conflict will arise,and scandal will come back and hunt her. Sit tight , because it is about to turn into a LOVE JONES THRILLER! Put your seat belts on , and take a roller coaster ride, into Tiffany’s world!

It’s Mo Better The Second Time Around, Q & A



1. Q, What inspired you to write this sexy love story?

    A, Well I was in a domestic relationship, and writing was my therapy.


2. Q, Do you consider yourself a survivor?

     A, Yes I do, I made it and it is my responsibility to help others who may be going through the same storm!


3. Q, How did you come up with the Randy character?

     A, Well Randy was not perfect but he was perfect for so many women we know inside and out! I felt it was about time someone wrote about a positive black man for a change!


4. Q, What made you tell the readers about Charles’s father’s abusive ways?

   A, The readers had a right to know how this monster began learning hoe to abuse women.


5. Q, What made you come up with that shower scene between Tiffany, and Randy?

    A, Well I wanted my book to breathe a classy sexy experience, and I wanted them to take their time.


6. Q, Your book had an old school flavor are you old school?

    A, Yes I love old school music, and life! I wanted to bring a little of that back like the candy, Now or Later, and Lemon Heads.


7. Q, Will there be a sequel or should we just vibe off this Love Jones story?

    A, Well I have many other books to come so I never say never, I will consider it in the future!     

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Enter to win a Takerra Allen Book

But of the tree of evil…thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die… In TTW, love was lost…. In STTW, love was found. And in TTW3, the last installment to the enthralling Thicker than Water series, we will find out if love…can survive! They’re back again, the ones who started it all – Tatum, Sasha, Chauncey, and Ree. But this time, there’s a snake in the garden… and her name is Jayde Dupree! She’s after one thing, and one thing only…R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And she’ll go to just about any lengths to get what she desires. Satan is the master at posing himself as another and tempting with not his full identity exposed, and Jayde has perfected that skill. Havoc is her symphony and she is the orchestrator as she digs deep into her garden of evil and picks only the ripest of fruit of temptation and destruction, making the previous villains appear as amateurs. So many secrets bubble to the top, so much loyalty is put to the test, the cast of Thicker than Water is pushed to their very limits and each tried in ways they would have never imagined. Join the world on the emotional, eventful, and shocking conclusion to one of Urban Fiction’s newest and most raved trilogies as we bid farewell to the series the right way…with a BANG!

Enter to win Thicker Than Water 3 Book Series by Takerra Allen TODAY. No Purchase necessary. Enter by October 28th

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Kiki Swinson’s BIG Deal

” I can’t believe it’s been over 10-years already. Thanks to my loyal fans for years of great storytelling. New York’s Finest won’t disappoint. Naomi Foxx is a bad chick. To my loyal readers this e-book sale is  for you. I’ve been through so much and you guys have been with me the whole time,  and picked up some new folks along the way. I believe we can get to the New York Times Bestsellers with New York’s Finest. Support the movement and tell a friend too. Just $.99 e-book 1-week only. Let’s show’em how we do it. “– Kiki Swinson
A national bestselling author celebrating more than 10-years in book publishing, Kiki Swinson has written a full spectrum of titles in the fiction genre that has topped Essence Magazine’s best sellers list for three consecutive years. Debuting on the urban fiction scene with her infamous Wifey series, the author has garnered media coverage with Black Entertainment Television, Essence Magazine, New York Times, and recently landed in the Atlanta Post article 8 Urban Fiction Authors Who Overcame Prison and Forged Lucrative Careers. Kiki Swinson, a woman who turned her life around after a five-year stint in federal prison has prospered by faith and resilience. Kiki Swinson and KS Publications are debuting New York’s Finest (part 1 of a trilogy) on Amazon this week. for $.99 e-book SALE. PC and Blackberry users can get the download as well. 
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Naomi worked as a flight attendant for American Airways and has used her powerful and wealthy connections to help orchestrate her brother Reggie’s drug smuggling empire. TSA Agents, bag handlers and a couple of mules on the payroll the empire has tripled in profits quickly.  However when unexpected turmoil  begins to send members of Reggie’s organization to jail or death Naomi realizes she must get the hell out of town. Is fleeing the country really going to  keep her safe or land her in the wrong hands.  NEW YORK’S FI NEST

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