Adventures of Quentin, by Crystal Gaillard
“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.
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.
BLACK SOFTWARE: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
Activists, pundits, politicians, and the press frequently proclaim today’s digitally mediated racial justice activism the new civil rights movement. As Charlton D. McIlwain shows in this book, the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know. Includes highlights from Black Boston coders and AfroCentric online empire builders in seventeen chapters. Some are Chapter One: The Great Equalizer; Chapter Two: Different Strokes; Chapter Three: The Roxbury Shake, Chapter Four: The Vanguard; Chapter Five: Black Software Comes to Cambridge; Chapter Six: The Electronic Village Needs an Organizer; Chapter Seven: Want Ad for a Revolution; Chapter Eight: The Battle for (Black) Cyberspace; and others. | Amazon link.
Black Book events, book store list and more …
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @RoxburyReaders
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.
Barnes and Nobles is perhaps the largest retail book store in Boston and New England. The worldwide 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 Nobles Book store in the Simon Mall, Prudential Center and Back Bay.
- Boston University Barnes and Nobles bookstore in Kendall Square on Commonwealth Ave.
- Harvard Books on Massachusetts Ave in Harvard Square.
- Paperback Booksmith in Brookline at Coolidge Corner.
- The Harvard Coop book store is in the center of Harvard Square in Cambridge.
PORSHA OLAYIWOLA, BOSTON POET LAUREATE
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.