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:
Using what you got
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)