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Are you an ardent reader or member of a group that reads new authors as well as the classics? Meet here to get the skinny on books, authors, contests, and more. Authors can contact you directly and share excerpts and info. concerning their titles.

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Black Author Showcase will be conducting book giveaways, interviews, and contests in 2008. Make sure your favorite book clubs are members of this network to be eligible.

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Comment by Lynn Pinder on February 24, 2011 at 4:17am
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Comment by Nate Spears on January 28, 2011 at 8:59pm
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Comment by Author Collective on January 11, 2011 at 3:42pm
Good Day Authors,
Looking to sell more books? The Author Collective has just organized two new book festivals which are certain to help!  The 2011 Michigan Spring Book Festival happens April 15th through the 17th at Laurel Park Place Mall in Livonia, Michigan and The International Urban Book festival, Cleveland takes place May 13th through 15th at the Richmond Town Square Mall in Richmond Heights, Ohio. We have rented the entire mall for these festivals and expect to have lots of book lovers and book buyers in attendance.
There will be workshops, seminars, panel discussions, classes and lectures on many topics in the field of literature. These learning sessions will be free of charge to public and will provide insight on writing, publishing and marketing books. We will be sending invitations to patrons from the Detroit and Cleveland area school systems & libraries. R2Books and other sponsors will donate 1,000 book certificates to deserving students in each of the two cities. These certificates are good for one free book and must be redeemed at the festival. Many of the student with free book certificates and their parents, will look to purchase additional books and meet the authors in attendance.
Do you love selling at book festivals but hate the rain, cold and the wind that almost always happen during an outdoor event?  Join us for our indoor festivals which will span the entire common area of these shopping malls. Interact with the more than 10,000 shoppers who visit these malls everyday. Author applications are now available on our websites.  Click the links below or call me to reserve your table today!
Look to see you there.
Comment by Alexander Devereux on December 15, 2010 at 9:31pm

Author Alexander Devereux will appear on Focus Atlanta hosted by Keisha Lancelin airing on CW69, cable channel 10, on Sunday 12/19/10 at 12:00 pm. Be sure to tune in as he talks about his new book Gar Fish & Long Gravy: Memoirs of Southern Sensibility.
For more information or to contact the author, visit

Alexander Devereux will be facilitating a peer lead support group, From Prisons to Possibilities: Support Group for African American Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse on Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 19, 2010
If you are an African American Male Survivor of Sexual Abuse we have a peer lead support group here in the Atlanta Area. It is a bi-weekly meeting that takes place every 1st and 3rd Sundays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Due to the sensitivity of the topic; a screening process is required for membership which includes a meeting with the facilitator of the group. The primary purpose is to make sure the applicant is a good fit for the group. The meeting location is disclosed after an intake screening meeting. This is a peer-to-peer support group (not lead by a therapist) for men who are survivors of sexual abuse. We follow a structured meeting format; this is not a twelve-step group.

The Group Membership Requirements

• Be a survivor of sexual abuse
• Be a non-perpetrator
• Be 18 years of age or older
• Be in a current therapeutic relationship*
• Be willing to commit to regular attendance.
* = may vary from group to group
If you would like to participate in the group, please contact Alexander Devereux for more information at

A Cast of Southern Fried Characters Animates Gar Fish & Long Gravy by Alexander Devereux

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated body, mind, spirit and new thought book from Chamblee, GA, author Alexander Devereux. July 15, 2010. Denver, CO, and Chamblee, GA - Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Gar Fish & Long Gravy: Memoirs of Southern Sensibility by Alexander Devereux. The author's most recent book to date is a 6 x 9 paperback in the body, mind, spirit and new thought category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

Growing up poor in the small town of Vicksburg, Miss., Alexander Devereux didn’t have much materially, but there was no lack of remarkable personalities around him -- each of whom left an indelible imprint on his life. Gar Fish & Long Gravy collects the stories, insight, tragedies, and uproarious wit of an unforgettable cast of characters.

There’s Grandmama Lia’, whose hard-won wisdom on life, love -- and mistresses -- is dispensed in her kitchen to her beloved grandson, sometimes over Johnny Walker Black. There’s Ms. Peaches, who raises chickens in her ramshackle hut, yet might be one of the richest people in town. There’s Big Daddy, an imposing hulk, but his massive frame hides a vulnerable past and humiliating secret. And there’s Ms. Annie Laurie, a fabulously wealthy white woman who never had children of her own, but her love rains down on young Alexander. And that’s just for starters.

Based on real-life experiences, Gar Fish & Long Gravy is about the mistakes we make, the loves we share, and the stories we tell each other that make us who we are. It is the touching story of a boy who ultimately breaks free of the poverty and abuse of his extended family, yet never forgets the important lessons he learned along the way.

As Grandmama said, “If sense were common, everybody would have it.”

94 pages in length, Gar Fish & Long Gravy: Memoirs of Southern Sensibility is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the body, mind, spirit and new thought category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Gar Fish & Long Gravy meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $12.95.
Additionally, Gar Fish & Long Gravy can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781598006759
Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream
SRP: $12.95
For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

Alexander Devereux overcame epilepsy at birth, dyslexia, and poverty to graduate from college and become a highly successful professional. An ordained minister, he works in the administrative field of higher education. Devereux is at work on his second book, a follow-up to Gar Fish & Long Gravy. Alexander Devereux is the Spiritual Director and Founder of the Enlightenment Chapel, Inc. a ministry that provides spiritual services to the 80% of the American population that does not attend a religious organization. He lives in Atlanta. For bookings and speaking engagements you may contact him at
Other Information:
Author Alexander Devereux appears on Focus Atlanta – CW 69 on Sunday, 12/19/10 at Noon


The Enlightenment Chapel is relaxed atmosphere where seekers of spiritual knowledge come to gain awareness, understanding and insight. The Enlightenment Chapel is open to everyone. It is a place where one seeks to understand more about their own connection with God, the Universe, the World and with oneself. We are about spirituality not religion and we do not hold to the dogma and doctrines of religion.
Comment by Eric at on October 6, 2010 at 3:28am
The bestseller list for African American books published in September has been published at Books of Soul -- Also featured are bestseller lists for mysteries, romances, and books about Barack Obama.
Comment by Richard Charlton Pharris Jones on September 23, 2010 at 10:26am
TRI $10.76. TRI is a psychoanalysis of three characters coming to terms with their respective pasts; a story about forgiveness and redemption, how choices and mistakes can haunt them for the rest of their lives. ISBN 9780982387924.
Comment by Author Collective on August 26, 2010 at 12:24pm
Greetings Fellow Authors,

Join us November 5th thru 7th at the Northland Shopping Mall in Southfield, Michigan for the International Urban Book Festival, Detroit. A great place to sell books and teach young people the importance of reading. We have rented the entire shopping mall to get our message across to the young at risk generation. Reading is essential! Let's all encourage our youth to read at least two books per week. Let's encourage parents to make this a family mandate.

Meet and network with celebrity authors, purchasing agents from schools, libraries and major corporations plus other members of the literary community. We will hold literary workshops, panel discussions, lectures, seminars and classes on self publishing. We have 200 author tables now available, but they are certain to sell out quickly. The cost for the three day weekend is only $225. Author tables are 2' by 4' skirted with two chairs. Out of state attendees may receive discounts on hotel rooms by logging onto our website after September 2, 2010.

This is certain to be a fun filled event. Don't miss it.

Call us at (313) 446-2262 or log onto Facebook
Comment by Richard Charlton Pharris Jones on August 18, 2010 at 8:02am
In the Life Atlanta presents Morehouse College grad / author Richard C Jones Saturday Sept 4, 2010 1pm - 4pm as he reads / signs novels Two of Hearts & TRI both can be purchased now at and at event for $10 Lowes Hotel Midtown
Comment by Richard Charlton Pharris Jones on August 4, 2010 at 11:09pm
Meet Morehouse grad Richard C Jones Saturday, August 7, 2010 Atlanta Black Book Expo Georgia International Convention Center. FREE. 2000 Convention Ct Concourse College Park, GA 30337-4200. TRI ISBN 9780982387924 & $10. Signing from 11am - 7pm.
Comment by Janice A. Vailes on July 26, 2010 at 11:39pm
Good Evening Everyone!

Life’s Choices: Part II – Santa Claus Don’t Come To No Colored Girl’s House
By Janice A. Vailes

Format: 6 x 9 paperback
ISBN: 10 - 1450561098
Cover Price: $19.95
Pages: 478
Category: Fictional - Drama
Genre: African American Literature
**Available at:
Published by: Createspace
Publication Date: April 10, 2010

Life’s Choices continues the journey of the biracial sisters, Myrtle and Sugar Jackson. More then ten years after being abandoned by their mother when they were very young, the Jackson sisters find themselves rich, very, very rich. By outward appearances, one would think they are living the life of luxury. Nonetheless, inwardly, they are dealing with far more than they could have imagined.

Having inherited the huge “Hayden’s” conglomerates of banks, houses, land, investments, saw and lumber mills, covering more then two states, Myrtle and Sugar Jackson find themselves caught up in the struggles of life, both personal, public, old dangers and new dangers.

The sisters, faced with having to make decisions that will undoubtedly have an impact on them for the rest of their lives, and a white uncle, “Willie Hayden” who has adamantly, over the years, refuses to accept the inevitable, that his grandmother intentionally left him and his brother out of her will, to buy God’s favor.

Willie Hayden refuses to accept the realization that he is no longer a “wealthy Hayden” and the power that once came with that name, no longer exist. He has made up his mind, to do everything in his power, to get what belongs to him back, and make the sisters and anyone else who crosses his path, a living hell.

Life’s Choices touch the soul, the inner feelings of the mind and what one actually believes. It takes the reader on an emotional, suspenseful page-turning experience of power, greed, murder and mystifying events. Once again, the author’s characters captivate and mesmerize the reader, drawing you into their world.

First book's debut: Santa Claus Don't Come To No Colored Girl's House:
ISBN: 978-1434879967
**Also available at the above websites.

For more information on the author, visit

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