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When I attended the Harlem Book Fair recently, I spoke with local Philly author, Karen E. Quinones Miller, who has started her own publishing company.  The Free Library of Philadelphia has ordered these new titles (click on the link to reserve):

The Guide to Becoming the Sensuous Black Woman (And Drive Your Man Wild In and Out of Bed!)

Harlem Godfather: The Rap on my Husband, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson

We own her other books already. To find or place a reserve on any Karen E. Quinones Miller novel, click on the hyperlink for each title:

Passin'

Ida B.

Satin doll

Uptown dreams

Satin nights

I'm telling

Using what you got

Diamond playgirls

I also attended a panel discussion on the topic of "Gay & Lesbian Writers: Breaking Surface."  The moderator, Troy Johnson (Founder - AALBC.com) and panelists, Terrance Dean (Hiding in Hip Hop: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry--From Music to Hollywood) and Linda Villarosa (Passing for Black), discussed: “Are publishers out of step with consumer demand?” Gay and Lesbian fiction continue to sell in record numbers, yet Zane's current title, Purple Panties, has been refused for bookstore signings, an online magazine has declined support, and a major online book club service has "passed" on offering it to their members. Is it because it is a collection of lesbian erotica?

Stay tuned for an announcement of an Author Event with Terrance Dean.

(All books mentioned are currently owned by the Free Library or are on order)

Tags: African American, Reviews, Street Lit

Passin' by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Passin' by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Passing for Black by Linda Villarosa
Passing for Black by Linda Villarosa
Hiding in Hip Hop by Terrance Dean
Hiding in Hip Hop by Terrance Dean
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Tue, September 30, 2008
The book collections you provide are always appreciated. I like to read when I'm visiting my Cabin Rentals
Jason - Philly
Thu, May 21, 2009

Lidy - Example: Philadelphia
Wed, September 02, 2009
Passin' really made me reflect on race in America. Just what does it mean to "pass" in this day and age? I really think Karen truly did a superb job with this book. Born with blue eyes and light skin, Shanika Ann Jenkins has the ingredients that makes it possible people to accept her as white. Her father's family is quite pleased about baby's light skin. Shanika grow to become a proud black women, thanks to her mother and her rooted name Shanika. Things do change when she's looses out on her dream job for not being "black enough", so she makes the decision to "pass". She changes her name to Nicole Jensen and starts to live as "white". She never discloses she is black and lets people make their assumptions based on how she "looks". This book will open eye to the many stereotypes and accompanying bias that exist in America. For the sisters, while I am here, I thought I would also share some
Karyn - Chicago
Wed, September 02, 2009

Karyn - Chicago
Sun, July 04, 2010
"Passing for Black" is the type of book that would be highly regarded here in the United Kingdom. Race is an issue no matter where you are in the world but more so in the USA as the history of African Americans spans centuries. I look forward to reading more from Linda Villarosa, as previous mentioned, this book is an eye opener but it is also a well written, thought provoking piece of literature covering an issue that is deeply rooted within American society today.
Ionola - United Kingdom
Mon, October 03, 2011
"HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE". TABS ON OBAMA - See Reports To Cabinet http://www.TabsOnOBAMA.org
PRES. OBAMA - FUMO LIBRARY
Wed, October 05, 2011
"HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE" TABS ON OBAMA http://www.TabsOnOBAMA.org
RICHARD MILLS - FUMO LIBRARY
Fri, October 07, 2011
FIGHT CORRUPTION USA PROTEST / OCCUPY @ CITY HALL http://www.Facebook.com/FightCorruptionUSA
Richard Mills - CENTRAL
Sat, October 08, 2011
SAVE USA http://www.Facebook.com/SAVEUSA
Richard Mills - CENTRAL
Wed, August 15, 2012
It always concerns me whenever there's a hint of censorship as may be the case with "Purple Panties." As the author of adult fairy tale erotica, I start to get nervous at such actions. My most recent ebook, "Amy Red Riding's Hood" is an erotic version of Red Riding Hood, but all contents involve adults. I currently have it on Amazon ( http://bit.ly/EroticRedRidingHood ), but with censorship always hovering, I wonder how long my books will remain available. ~Liz
Liz Adams, author of erotica - San Francisco area
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