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  • Los Angeles, please join us on Sunday, August 25th from 3-5 PM as we discuss My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. In this short novel, we'll follow sisters Korede and Ayoola, who have their routine down. Big sister constantly comes to the rescue of little sister and cleans up her messes, literally. Pick up a copy from your local library, your favorite neighborhood bookstore, or online and we hope to see you there! Happy reading!
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  • For the past week I'm sure a lot of us have been processing what a world without Toni Morrison looks and feels like, and I'm sure a lot of us are still trying to figure that out. But that process is so much easier when you can do it with a community of people who love her as much as you do. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this past Sunday to reflect on what Toni Morrison means to us all. Thank you to @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la for leading the charge and inviting #MyLitBox to join in the celebration of her life. Thank you to the @reparations.club for opening their doors and creating a space where we were allowed to feel. Thank you to @shondabuchanan and @bridgettebianca for sharing photos. And most of all, thank you to everyone who filled that room. I hope the memories and experiences shared in that room comfort you. ❤
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  • As excited as we are to hold space tomorrow evening for Toni Morrison here in Los Angeles,  we wanted to do the same here online. Use the comments below to share your favorite books, passages, quotes, and memories of Ms. Morrison. The celebration of her life and legacy continues!
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  • Los Angeles, please join @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la & My Lit Box as we come together to celebrate the incomparable Toni Morrison, this Sunday, August 11th from 5-7 PM at @reparations.club. A screening of the BBC documentary "Toni Morrison Remembers" will begin at 5 PM and will be followed by a community-driven discussion of Morrison's life and legacy. We'd love to see you there! RSVP using the link in our bio ❤
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  • What can we say about Toni Morrison that hasn't already been said? She was a gifted writer who centered the experiences of Black women and men and she did so unapologetically and she passed that unapologetic spirit on to all of us. Whether we write or not she gave us permission to be seen, be heard, to tell our own stories in our own voices and for that reason alone we should all be grateful. Rest well, Ms. Morrison. ❤
  • ⬅️SWIPE➡️ And just like that it's August and we have three new books for you to choose from!
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*Original My Lit Box*
By now I’m sure a lot of us have realized that sometimes it’s better to stand out than to fit in, but what happens when that desire to fit in or belong is too strong to ignore? In next month’s adult fiction selection, we’ll see how someone grapples with this from their childhood into adulthood.
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*Black Women are Lit*
In this collection of short stories, the author allows us to witness the relationships between estranged lovers, fathers and daughters, heroes and those in need of saving and these stories will take us from the States to the Caribbean and back again.
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*YA is Lit*
In our YA selection, we meet a cast of characters with pasts they’d rather put behind them, but they all find that you can' always outrun your past, entirely.

If you’re curious about any if these titles,be the first to find out by subscribing today!
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  • Happy pub day, @kalishaonline! If the cover art doesn't stop you dead in your treks, the synopsis will. "On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer’s twin sister, Summer, walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again. The door to the roof is locked, and the snow holds only one set of footprints. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing Black woman, Autumn must pursue the search for her sister all on her own." Is Speaking of Summer on your TBR list?
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  • #LiteraryLA join us Sunday, Juy 28th from 3-5 PM at @findyourhilltop for an afternoon of community and conversation as we discuss Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala. "Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people." If you have a book loving friend in the Los Angeles area, tag them below so they don't miss out. RSVP using the link in our bio and we'll see you there!
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  • Where is the time going? Here were are, six months down in the year, and we've had the pleasure of sharing these six books with you so far! Which have been your faves?
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  • ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Happy Sunday!!! Let's host a giveaway, shall we? We have 5 copies of Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (@bhathenatanaz) and one of them could be yours! To enter all you have to do is (1) Follow @mylitbox (2) like this post and (3) tag a book loving friend below. That's it! Winners must reside in the US and entries will be accepted through Wednesday (7/3) and the winners will be announced Thursday (7/4). Good luck!
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  • Our final June #MyLitBox is our Black Women are Lit! Box featuring Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Denn (@ndennisbenn). In this novel, we witness a mother grapple with tough decisions as she makes a choice between her first love and her daughter, leaving her daughter to grapple with some tough decisions of her own. We wanted the items in this month's box to serve as validation that everyone deserves the right to exist as their full selves and all that entails. .
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Five Black Romance Authors You Need to Know

January 2, 2018

I am a voracious reader. My bookshelves are lined with everything from self-help and biographies to murder mysteries and sci-fi. Romance, however, is by far my favorite genre. As a hopeless romantic I read romance novels to unwind and as a form of escapism but most importantly, I get to experience protagonists who look like me; I get to witness women with similar life experiences fall in love and navigate all the feelings that come with that.

There are great authors of color across all genres, but given my love for romance novels, I want to share five of my favorite writers. These five authors write smart, intriguing romance with relatable characters you’ll feel you’ve grown up with and they will leave you talking for days. But what’s best is, they unapologetically celebrate Black love.

Here are five Black romance authors you need to know!

Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson opened the proverbial door to the romance genre, for me. After coming across her novel, Tonight and Forever, in high school, I never looked back. I credit this book with spurring my love affair with romance novels. Jackson was the first African-American author to have a novel published as a part of the Silhouette Desire line by Harlequin and her books have consistently made the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller lists. She is also the first African American to publish more than 100 novels, passing that milestone in 2013. If you are looking for big family-oriented stories, Jackson’s novels are the way to go. New readers will fall in love with the Westmoreland, Madaris and Granger families as these successful African American siblings fall victim to this thing called love.

Beverly Jenkins

Historical romance is a very popular subgenre of romance novels, and very few people write it as well as the phenomenal Beverly Jenkins. NPR once described Jenkins as an author who “wraps bitter history in sweet romance,” and I couldn’t find a more accurate statement. She introduces readers to little known 19th-century African American history while weaving tales of impenetrable love featuring strong, independent heroines and the men that are lucky to love them. In the midst of pain, there is a subtlety and willingness in the characters that make her books hard to put down. Jenkins will propel you to expand on the knowledge gained from her books and to learn more about the real persons upon which her characters are based. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, I recommend Indigo and Captured.

Christina C. Jones

Romance novelist and ½ of Girl, Have You Read, Christina C. Jones gives you a little bit of everything in her novels. From scandal and suspense in Ante Up and Catch Me If You Can to downright sexy in Mine Tonight. Her storytelling pulls no punches, and she quickly gets to the meat of the storyline while peeling back the layers of her characters with ease. These are the stories you talk about in the hair salon on Saturdays. The kinds of stories you recount with your girlfriends over dinner and wine. She writes the types of characters that you recognize in your circle of friends.

 

 

AlTonya Washington

Every time I read an AlTonya Washington novel I dread reaching the end especially as it pertains to her beloved Ramsey/Tesano series. The lure of a big family, many love stories and a few secrets and betrayals? Sold! Washington has perfected the family saga. She writes these sensual, multi-layered, and often infuriating characters that vacillate between letting past demons affect their future and deciding to claw their way towards love.

Love Belvin

One of my more recent discoveries, Love Belvin, has quickly become a favorite. She is a contemporary romance author who is “penning without parameters.” Her angsty novels are lengthy, high on drama and, in your face romance that isn’t afraid to shy away from real-world issues. She expertly weaves religion and romance, in most of her novels, without feeling over the top. Her three-part Love Accounted series, beginning with In Covenant with Ezra, perfectly captures her style. Belvin’s books tell stories of redemption, second chances, and the beauty of a flawed and inconvenient love.

These five writers are only the tip of the iceberg but a perfect place to start, so break out that reading list and add a few new titles!

Natalya Muncuff is the head book nerd in charge at The Island Reader. When she is not adding to her enormous book collection or stationery supply, she is somehow keeping track of the countless television shows she insists needs to be watched. You can follow her rantings and occasional sparks of brilliance on TwitterInstagramFacebook.

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    V. BUTLER
    January 18, 2018 at 9:30 am

    This list only needed 6 authors to be complete. JENICA JOHNSON is an urban lit author that is making waves. I have fallen in love with her creativity and versatile writing style. If you.don’t know.of her work, please get to know it. (Don’t sleep on Kali Joe either, thats her other pen name.)

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    How To Make A Woman Fall In Love With You
    January 19, 2018 at 4:22 am

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    HoneyntheMoon
    January 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Witty, passionate, and compelling. I loved reading this article!

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