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Did You Even Know His Name? Why Charles F. Harris Was A Big Deal

He was one of the tireless army of little known boosters of writers of color, a book publishing executive that opened many doors and the founder of Amistad Press, as well as the first C.E.O./ publisher at the now defunct Howard University Press and it's Black Publishing Institute. …See More
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Stafford Battle posted a discussion

Author Tuesdays in The DMV

VOTE on Tuesday, November 4, 2014! Then Join us for Author Tuesdays in Beltsville, Maryland  (The DMV: District of Columbia, Maryland and Viriginia).  It is a free event. MIx and mingle  and discuss the issues that are important to you. You will learn how to successfully independently publish. On November 4, 2014, at 5:30 PM,…See More
Nov 2, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a blog post

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month!

October 2014 is Black Speculative Fiction Month, so tell everyone.  Visit your favorite online book site or visit a local bookstore in your neighborhood. Read some of the great Black authors. Purchase books by emerging Speculative Fiction authors -- there are many writers who are very, very good.If you are a…See More
Oct 4, 2014
Diane posted a discussion

Gotham Writers Workshop Fall Open House

Get a taste of Gotham!  On Tuesday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 1we're offering free one-hour creative writing classes at our …See More
Sep 25, 2014
Diane posted a discussion

Still Lying - The Truth About American Capitalism & Slavery

Salon Magazine has published an excerpt of  "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward E. Baptist. Published by Basic Books.This book and its review in The…See More
Sep 22, 2014
Stafford Battle posted a video

At Rest

A short flash fiction created by Stafford Battle, AFROFuturist.
May 22, 2014




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National Black Writers Conference

We are updating with the happenings at the conference with facebook photo uploads (check them out now) and live tweets. Check back periodically for updates.

Sunday began the morning with individual 'talkshops' covering Book Reviews, Dramatic Writing, Book Proposals, Poetry with Sonia Sanchez, and Memoir writing. The afternoon started with a panel discussing Speculative Fiction featuring L.A. Banks, Michael Boatman, Jewell Parker Rhodes, and Cheo Tyehimba.

Saturday was a long day that began with Hip Hop and Internet panels and ended with a VIP reception featuring Toni Morrison, Imamu Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Cornell West, and Susan L. Taylor. Ah yes . . . the icons were in the house. It was indeed a rare treat to have been in the presence of Ms. Morrison. For those of you that missed it, the entire event was recorded and will be available on DVD.

The last session on Friday featured the venerable Sonia Sanchez waxing poetic on the memory of literary revolutionary Toni Cade Bambara. If you missed it, you must check out the recorded proceeds that will be available from the conference.

Ms. Sanchez was also gifted last night with a photo poster commemorating her 75th birthday. You can see that on our facebook page.

Follow my tweets on my blog throughout the conference.

The New Black Author Showcase

Dear Friend of Black Author Showcase,

Thanks so much for your support over the years. It takes a lot of work to keep a site as robust as BAS was in its infancy (with over 6,000 members) rolling and relevant and your support has made that possible.

We are in the process of planning a new launch and content calendar for the remainder of the year and the team needs your help. What do you want more of? What books inspire you? What writers and genres to you want to hear about?

What should we be doing for YOU – the reader of good books by Black Authors? We are listening to you the audience and making sure that we bring the best value and service. We need your input to guide the team.

Please take a quick second to fill out this survey to help us know what you want more of from the Black Author Showcase.

We will be randomly giving away a gift basket for people who complete the survey (filled with great stuff), but more importantly, if you like checking out new authors, poems, art and books from people who look like you, this will help us know how to do it better.

Please click here and let us know what you think and we will make sure to respect your time, and better serve you in the future.

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Did You Even Know His Name? Why Charles F. Harris Was A Big Deal 1 Reply

He was one of the tireless army of little known boosters of writers of color, a book publishing executive that opened many doors and the founder of Amistad Press, as well as the first C.E.O./ publisher at the now defunct Howard University Press and it's Black Publishing Institute. Charles F. Harris, 81, Dies; Led Effort to Publish Work by Black WritersHe spent much of his career chipping away at the prevailing notion in the industry that writing by black authors or aimed at black readers belonged to a niche market.NYTIMES.COM | BY BRUCE WEBERFind out more about him on The History Makers website.Obituary on Corprew Funeralhome site."Charles Harris was a publishing visionary and a definition of Black cool--a lover of great music, clothes, beauty. He published Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Donald…Continue

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