Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pray for India song

Friday, July 30, 2010


by Bernice McFadden

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Plume (January 2, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0452282209
ISBN-13: 978-0452282209

Here's the blurb:

When Sugar Lacey arrives in Bigelow, Arkansas, to the women of the town it seems as if "a storm blew in...A storm walked into their town on two legs in spiked, red patent leather heels." Afraid for their men and their morals, they want Sugar out of Bigelow. But Sugar, who has traveled too far and survived too much in her short life, has finally found a place in which she could put down roots.
To the surprise of the town, and most of all to Sugar herself, she develops a friendship with Pearl Taylor. Pearl, a respected member of the community, carries with her every day an overwhelming burden grief over her daughter Jude's murder fifteen years before. From its tenuous beginnings, Pearl and Sugar's friendship allows each woman to confront the very thing that most haunts her.
In language that is by turns lyrical and stark, and with a cadence that invokes the rhythm of the storytelling to which she grew up listening, Bernice L. McFadden brings vividly to life a 1950s Southern black town. Sugar, her first novel, is a powerful exploration of the sometimes unrelenting depths of grief and despair, the seeds of hope that can grow in even the bleakest of circumstances, and the role that love and friendship can play in helping us find redemption within ourselves.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Black Pearls Magazine's Bookclub Appreciation in Atlanta

Black Pearls Magazine's Bookclub Appreciation in Atlanta , GA. This fabulous night of live author readings and networking is scheduled for Thursday night, July 29, 2010 at 7.00 pm. at the chic Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The Chocolate Social literary event is for all avid readers, local media and authors to meet in an intimate setting in order to discuss the latest book releases. Black Pearls Magazine would like to honor the bookclubs and readers who create our foundation.

Delicious food. Incredible books. Talented authors. What a combination for a memorable celebration! The event will start with a dinner buffet and hourly book giveaways. Over four hours, readers will meet 25 talented authors and poets.  Each guest will receive a priceless gift bag filled with new books!  One lucky guest will receive a $250.00 gift bag filled with books! This is sure to be a reader's paradise.  Join us to meet the authors and to tell us about your readers group! 
Date: Thursday Night, July 29, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm EST
Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street, NE , Atlanta , Georgia 30303  
We look forward to partying with you at the ATL Chocolate Social. Reserve your seat here today:

Please confirm your attendance by reserving your seat at the ATL Chocolate Social today. Your presence will be an encouragement for all the authors. This event will give you an opportunity to interact with your colleagues and meet new authors in the publishing industry. Ticket sales end on July 20, 2010.  I can't wait to meet you and your guest!  Feel free to share this invitation with your network too.

Yours truly,

Ella D. Curry
EDC Creations President
Editor-in-Chief Black Pearls Magazine

Friday, July 16, 2010

Black Crime, Incarceration, Racism

Indian Country Noir

Indian Country Noir

The sharpest, most stylized, and ambitious anthology of Native American literature ever published.

Brand-new stories by:
 Mistina Bates, Jean Rae Baxter, Lawrence Block, Joseph Bruchac, David Cole, Reed Farrel Coleman, O'Neil De Noux, A.A. HedgeCoke, Gerard Houarner, Liz Martinez, R. Narvaez, Kimberly Roppolo, Leonard Schonberg, and Melissa Yi.
With a foreword by Richard B. Williams, president & CEO of the American Indian College Fund
Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn NoirAkashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
Step into Indian Country. Enter into the dark welter of troubled history throughout the Americas where the heritage of violence meets the ferocity of intent. The protagonists of these stories--whichever side of the law they're on--use their familiarity with Indian cultures to accomplish goals ranging from chilling murder to a satisfying participation in the criminal justice system.
Authors with Indian heritage or blood join non-Indian authors in creating stories in settings as diverse as the terror-ridden atmosphere of the Indian boarding schools to the dubious sleaze of contemporary casinos.
Sarah Cortez, a law-enforcement officer, is the award-winning author of the poetry collection How To Undress a Cop. Cortez coedited with Liz Martinez the fiction anthology, Hit list: The Best of Latino Mystery. She brings her heritage and blood as a Tejana with Mexican, French, Comanche, and Spanish to the written page.
Liz Martinez's stories have appeared in Manhattan NoirQueens Noir, and Cop Tales 2000. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Retails Managers Guide to Crime and Loss Prevention and her articles about security and law enforcement have appeared in publications around the world. She is a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and she lives in New York.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New Release from Nicole Givens Kurtz

My short story, "The Emissary's Song" has been released from Mocha Memoirs Press. This is a short story that discusses the communitive powers of music and song to bridge gaps between people.

I'm a big believer in finding commonality between peoples of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. So, naturally, I encourage you to snag my little sf story about colonization, peace, and of course, greed and intolerance. That's a lot for a short story, but I think you'll enjoy it all the same. It's less than $3.00 USD. :-)

Here's a brief blurb: Private Tiwana Jackson enjoys her job as a member of the Intergalatic Union's soldiers stationed on the alien planet, Tren’horn. Her job becomes more complicated when the current Tren'hornian Emissary steps down and the I.U. plans to overthrow his people. They want Tiwana to help. Will she stand up against the power of the I.U. and all she's come to believe it stands for, or will she risk her life, her livihood, and her ethics to save the Tren'horns?

Take a look at it.

Nicole Givens Kurtz

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