Black Book Authors hitting up Greater Boston

You’ll find a video clip about the Best Black Male Writers of 2018 in this post with the link to the New York Times multimedia feature about them. The Well-Read Black Girl Festival at is the equivalent
celebration of Black women readers and writers that seeks to initiate meaningful conversations within the literary art.

Yes there still are physical book stores in the Boston area. They thrive under Amazon’s footprint.

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.

Rounding out area bookstores are the big box configurations of the Boston University Barnes and Nobles bookstore on Commonwealth Avenue in Kendall Square, Harvard Books on Massachusetts Ave in Harvard Square, Paperback Booksmith of Brookline’s Coolidge Corner and the Harvard Coop book store section inside the coop department store in Cambridge.

Roxbury Readers presented 

A Reading of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime
Dec 3rd | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Frugal Bookstore
Black book readings for adults, kids, teens and seniors.

Dudley Book Club Readers topic of the month

A Dudley Reads Book Club event. Every first Monday of the month, the club meets at the Frugal Bookstore on 57 Warren Street in Dudley Square while the library is under construction. Come chat about Novels, memoirs, books and graphic novels. Appropriate for adults, teens, kids, senior citizens. Contact Dudley staff at

Other notable books released in 2018

For Colored Girls who considered Politics

Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore with Veronica Chambers on St. Martin’s Press

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The book with Donna Brazille For Colored Girls Who Considered Politics

New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail announces new book release. 

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Black Male Writer multimedia profiles

NYT: Black Male writers in 2018 are making something. But how much of an impact is it having on what we think, do or build? Kendrick Lamar belongs to the writer tribe. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. That means something, no doubt.

What are Black male writers doing for Black Americans today? 

Perhaps this question is best answered in this article about the video.


Well-Read Black Girls site 


Here’s a few authors that came to Boston and Cambridge for book signings in 2018 that we happened to notice but we did not capture everyone who came through.


a novel by Marcus Burke

Team Seven signed copy

Author Marcus Burke has Milton  roots. After his debut novel was rolled out by a major publisher, we caught up with him at his first book signing tour at Harvard Coop in the Square.

Marcus Burke
Marcus Burke

Black History

Author Roslyn Elders Saunders, former owner of JamaicaWay Books and Gifts published the book “Exploring the Legacy”Blacks in  Massachusetts” 


JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN authored these books:

  • Afro-American Encyclopedia:Thoughts and Sayings, and Doings of the Race.
  • The Remarkable RV of the Afro-American: Progress of a Race.
  • The Negro Year Book.
  • Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America.
  • From Slavery to Freedom.
  • Problems in American History.
  • The American Negro Reference Book.
  • Land of the Free, a Californing 8th grade textbook.

a few other things that have been posted here for a while

The Cultural Matrix:
Understanding Black youth
by Orlando Patterson
688 pages, $19.00

The Cultural Matrix seeks to unravel an American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. This interdisciplinary work explains how a complex matrix of cultures influences black youth.

SOS – Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader

Black Arts Movement

Black Arts Movement African-America brands the USA
1960’s to the 1970’s

This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history.

A sister of the Black Power movement, the Black Arts Movement arrived in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers present most community and college campuses where there were enough African Americans to work it. Black Arts activists were seen in magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is and on radio programs.

Take Care of your Music Business

Taking Care of the Music Business

by John Kellog, Berklee College of Music

John says everytime the music is played somebody gets payed.” This is a must have reference for anyone who is serious about the music business and its up to date. Written by a Berklee education leader and expert in the field of entertainment law, the book features the 360 Degree Deal and the Emerging Digital Age with information for the recording artist, managers, producers, songwriters, record company executives, accountants and attorneys. It includes samples of the most-used industry contracts with easy-to-read split page analysis, and fine points on options for business, royalty and accounting.

Stokely: A Life
by Penial E. Joseph

Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night. In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.

100 Most Popular African American Authors
Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies
By Drew, Bernard A.

Hip Hop Speaks to Children

by Nikki Giovanni
$15.82 hardcover

A New York Times bestseller listed on the booklist
Top 10 Art Books for Youth

The consensus is Hip Hop Speaks to Children is the most essential poetry purchase to make this year.

The poetry is enough. The illustrations are enough. The CD is enough. Together, this book is a treasure of which you cannot get enough. We shall accomplish much this year. Children will be encouraged to put their words to poetry and beats. Teachers will be encouraged to allow the artists to speak to children.  –Diane Chen, School Library Journal blog “Practically Paradise”

Peter Thiel ZERO to ONE

The author co-founded Paypal, is a Trump supporter, sits on the board of Facebook and runs a $20 Billion dollar startup. In the book he names the 5 things your business must to rise above the rest.

Global Brand Power
$10-$13 per edition

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This author is a marketing professor at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.  She explains marketing and brand better than anyone. Learn how marketing works so well for Whole Foods and Mary Kay cosmetics.  The best part of this book is explains how to get into the head of a potential customer if there is a market fit.

The next one jumpstarted HUBSPOT and was written by  HUBSPOT founders. It teaches you Inbound Marketing.

Inbound Marketing:
Get Found Using Google,
Social Media, and Blogs
$13 kindle | $16 hardcover

Entrepreneurial Management $14.00
by Professor Robert Calvin

This is a good book for preparing your business plan yourself. You can also use it to determine what a good business plan looks like if someone else does it for you. It tells you how to meet investors and what to bring to the first meeting.

This book is for the person who needs to deliver a long-form business plan to investors if they want it. The business model canvas is a shorter alternative..

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