December 17, 2007

PW's Annual African-American Interest List

I'm kinda back. Will post more after I go on vacation in the middle of this week.

This is an annual list compiled be writer and editor Diane Patrick:

Publishers Weekly | African-American Interest: Adult and Children's Titles 2008

The following is a list of African-American interest adult books, fiction and nonfiction, publishing between September 2007 and March 2008.

[ I'm highlighting what caught my interest; read the lists at the above link ]


Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel (Sept., $24.95) by Alek Wek chronicles her life from Sudan to young London model to New York supermodel.

Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out of Slavery and Into Legend (Feb., $24.95) by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina looks at the history of a pre-Civil War black family.

From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island (Mar., $24.95) by Lorna Goodison chronicles the story of her family and their trials and tribulations in Jamaica.

Ida: A Sword Among Lions (Mar., $35) by Paula J. Giddings recounts the life of Ida B. Wells, a crusader embroiled in the struggle against lynching.


Introducing Bert Williams: Burnt-Cork, Broadway, and the Story of America’s First Black Star (Jan., $26) by Camille F. Forbes uses the life of a black performer to look at the issues surrounding race and artistic expression in American culture. Author tour.

Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence (Mar., paper, $16.95) by Keli Goff shows how changing attitudes of young black Americans will alter America’s political landscape. Author publicity. Author tour. 20-city radio satellite tour.


Voices: Reflections on an American Icon Through Words and Song (Dec., $24.99). A book/CD set celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King through quotations, stories and remembrances of his supporters.


Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (Sept., $24.95) by Ben Ratliff explores the sources of power in Coltrane’s music.

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories (Dec., $20) by Nadine Gordimer features a new collection of stories that cross the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality and love.


̉ŕsà Devotion as World Religion: The Globalization of Yoruba Religious Culture (Mar., $85; paper $34.95) edited by Jacob K. Olupona and Terry Rey explores the emergence of ̉ŕsà devotion and its worldwide growth.


We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin (Oct., $17.95) by Larry Dane Brimner presents the civil rights activist's life through his own words and archival photos.

Posted by ronn at December 17, 2007 02:27 PM

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