Black Book Authors hitting up Greater Boston

Virtual book author appearances

July 27, 2020 online at 6 p.m. – RSVP

The Wily Network invites you to join author Steve Pemberton for a virtual discussion on his book, A Chance in the World, moderated by Carmen Ortiz-McGhee and with an introduction from Wily Scholar, J’Saun Bastien, Boston College ’21.

The event/discussion will focus on Steve Pemberton’s life story. He is biracial (born to a black father and a white mother), grew up in MA in the foster care system, and attended Boston College.
His memoir focuses not just on his search for his biological family but navigating his racial identity and personal identity in a world that did not want him to succeed.

It’s an incredibly eye-opening and inspirational story, and in part inspired the founding of our non-profit. Steve’s work as a professional focuses on diversity in the corporate world, and I believe he’ll also be discussing the struggles that many college students (low income, BIPOC, first gen…etc.) are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a predominantly white organization, including our donor and volunteer base, we have been working on different ways to attract a more diverse group of people. Promoting our events differently is one way we are trying to do so. Steve will share his thoughts, insights, and perspectives on the impact of the current crises on college students and the challenges Wily Scholars are facing today. The panel will be followed by a Q&A.

Carmen Ortiz-McGhee is Executive Vice President of the National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC). The NAIC, founded in 1971, is the largest network of diverse-owned private equity firms and hedge funds in the United States, with more than 75 member firms representing over $150 billion of assets under management.

Where To Get The Book Visit Boston’s Frugal Bookstore in Roxbury for autographed copies of A Chance in the World. For those not local to Boston, here is a list of Black-owned bookstores across the country.

About the Wily Network – The Wily Network works with promising college students who have experienced life challenges such as homelessness or foster care, or whose parents may be dealing with addiction, mental health issues, or incarceration. The Wily Network provides a critical safety net for these Scholars as they navigate college on their own. The Wily program offers weekly clinical coaching, financial assistance, community-building support, and networking opportunities to help them move from surviving to thriving.

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Melvin B. Miller, publisher of Boston’s oldest African-American owned newspaper operating today wrote a book about BLACK BOSTON. The book “Boston’s Banner Years:1965-2015: A Saga of Black Success” is a collection of pages in which well-qualified reporters share researched accounts of black achievement in Boston, creating a record for future generations of black community success.. says the book description text.

Black Boston book

“Black Boston” is a part of the city inside zip codes 02119,02120,02121,02126. A predominant number of Black and brown people live there. Its definition was assigned by James Jennings when the Urban League published the 2011 State of Black Boston report. What is the economic impact of the Black Boston community? Boston’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was $400 billion annually when the city applied for the Amazon HQ2 award. Google for today’s figure. So if Blacks are 50% of Boston’s population, then do Black people add $200 billion annually to Boston’s GDP? Well, no we don’t! It is far less than that. Boston’s financial, hospitality and medical sectors combined with its technology and education stakeholder output are generating the big bucks.

Black Radical is the biography by Kerri Greenidge about William Monroe Trotter

Black Radical:
The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter, by author Kerri K. Greenidge, Tufts University professor and an expert on 17th century Boston African American history, is considered the first major biography of Trotter in half a century. William Monroe Trotter edited the Boston-based black weekly newspaper “The Guardian” during the first thirty years of the 1900s. Trotter was born in 1872 and grew up in Boston’s Hyde Park. A UMASS Boston research institute for the study of African American culture and life has been named after him. Trotter and W.E.B. Du Bois co-founded the short-lived Niagara Movement. It lead to establishing the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, aka The NAACP. The book received an outstanding review in the New York Times newspaper. formats: Hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD | View Inside the Book

Black Radical by Kerri Greenidge is the most compelling biography about William Monroe Trotter in the last 10 years

Chapters include The Roxbury Shake, and Black Software Comes to Cambridge. Formats: kindle and hardcover | read inside the book

The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter published by Oxford University Press includes never-published, first-hand accounts of African American computer networking and Internet pioneers, and provides a historical look at the challenges of diversity and inclusion in computing industries. It highlights Black Boston and African American cyberspace pioneers who worked on the AfroNet, a forebearer of the Internet, #BlackTwitter and #BlackLivesMatter. The book is available for purchase in hardcover & Kindle formats. It is in the Boston Public Library catalog.

A reviewer said the Black Software book is “a poetic tour de force. By amplifying black voices and their stories, McIlwain peels back a layer of overwritten history to reveal how technology and race have always been entwined. This book’s rhythmic drumbeat and call to action will energize your soul.” — danah boyd, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research and Founder of Data and Society.

Oxford University Press website

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Adventures of Quentin, by Crystal Gaillard

Adventures of Quentin, by Crystal Gialliard. Illustrated by Shane Murray
illustrations by Shane Murray

“The Adventure of Quentin” book series follows the life of Quentin a kid that has an overactive imagination. Quentin’s interactions with his family and friends always seem to take an interesting turn as his mind works overtime. From his Grandfather with disabilities being a super hero to a trip to the zoo with his dad transporting him to Africa, Quentin keeps a young reader on their toes. All while teaching the importance of family and friends.

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author Crystal Gailliard
Crystal Gailliarss

Crystal is a black author that has decided to come out with a series of books that not only showcase black families but also deal with their life experiences through her son’s imagination. Her book is designed for parents of children ages 2-10 years old and sheds a light on how children understand, process and learn to interact with others who are different from them.

Adventures of Quentin

Black Book events, book store list and more …

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Black book readings

Enjoy books for adults, kids, teens, and seniors at events organized by Roxbury Readers. The events will have national best-selling authors, local authors, and a number of activities.  To contact Roxbury book readers at the Dudley Square Branch Library send an email to Twitter: @RoxburyReaders


Barnes and Noble is one of the largest big box retail book stores in Boston and New England. The company was recently purchased for $600 Million. The deal ensures the chain won’t be going out of business anytime soon. Barnes has closed hundreds of underperforming bookstores across the country in an effort to stem costs.

Independent local book stores

Shoutout to More than Words, the non-profit book store and event space at 
242 East Berkeley St in the South End. The store employs young adults age 16-24 who are dealing with life adjustment challenges.

Frugal Bookstore in Nubian Square on Dudley Block has the largest selection of Black Book authors we’ve seen in the Boston area. Frugals also has a massive kids book section and an abundance of toys, adult books and apparel for sale.

Papercuts J.P. is the go-to indie bookstore in Jamaica Plain for authors and readers. You’ll find local self- published items on the shelves.

New England Mobile Book Fair moved to Newton. It has been around for years. It has a huge selection of books. The store is a popular stop for educators and the general public. You will find it in Newton Upper Falls, Ma. (617) 964-7440.

more retail book stores

  • Barnes and Noble Book store in the Simon Mall, Prudential Center Back Bay and other B&Ns.
  • Harvard Books on Massachusetts Ave in Harvard Square.
  • Brookline Booksmith – on Dec 29th, @BostonTweets reported the Brookline Booksmith store will be expanding in Coolidge Corner to a location just a few doors down from where they are now. The new space will have 4,000 sq ft space and include a restaurant with a full liquor license!!
  • The Harvard Coop book store is in the center of Harvard Square in Cambridge.

Black Literature Meetups invite you to monthly conversations about a range of book topics from Black feminism and critical race theory to the art of the African Diaspora and family histories. Jovonna Jones, the Ph.D. candidate in African & African American Studies at Harvard University is the event host. Meetups occur once a month. Call (617) 267-8688 for the next one. Location: Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115. FREE and open to the public.



A Jamaica Plain resident, Olayiwola is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary nonprofit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced Porsha Olayiwola has been appointed as the City of Boston’s new Poet Laureate, a role she will formally begin on January 1, 2019.

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