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Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair will highlight African-American books, authors | Community Column

The events are free except for the Sutton E. Griggs Awards Dinner, which will launch the book fair at 7 p.m. Friday at the museum. Tickets to that event are $50. Go to www.eventbrite.com and search for  Sutton E. Griggs. For more information, call 214-565-9026 ext. 304.

The dinner will honor three individuals noted for producing and promoting African-American literature. Married couple Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson — writers, founders and co-owners of Just Us Books publishing company in East Orange, N.J. — will receive the Griggs Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature. Emma Rodgers — a ubiquitous matron of black history, black literary, and black performing arts in Dallas — will receive the Griggs Literary Champion Award.

The award is named for the…

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Fall arts guide: Authors, book signings, literary festivals in Raleigh, Durham

Mark your calendars, book lovers. Every day in the Triangle, there are several readings and signings to choose from.

Here are 10 of fall’s best literary events.

Jaki Shelton Green

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Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List of (Mostly) African Authors

Barack Obama just shared his summer reading list, and it has a theme: Obama will be traveling to Africa for the first time since he left office, and his reading list is, accordingly, full of African authors. On July 17, Obama will deliver the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg to mark the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth, and, according to his former speechwriter Ben Rhodes, it will be his most important post-presidency speech yet. The political landscape has shifted (some might say imploded) since his remarks at Mandela’s memorial in 2013, and in the midst of Donald Trump’s tumultuous trip to the U.K., negotiations with North Korea, and an immigration crackdown at home, the world needs a bright spot of hope.

“I was proud to visit sub-Saharan Africa more times than any…

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Soulful Chicago Book Fair Showcases Black Authors | Chicago Citizens Newspaper

Soulful Chicago Book Fair Showcases Black Authors

By: Katherine Newman

The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is returning for a third year on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on 61st St. between S. Cottage Grove Ave. and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Woodlawn. The event showcases African American authors and provides live entertainment and great food options.

“Being an author, it was important for me to have a place where black writers got a decent stage because you have many of us out here now who are self-published and there is a difference in the industry where, if you are a self-published author, you may or may not get carried by a store, an agent, or a publishing company,” said Asadah Kirkland, author and founder of the Soulful Chicago Book Fair.

In creating the Soulful…

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‘Little House On The Prairie’ Author’s Name Removed From Book Award

Laura Ingalls Wilder, the woman who wrote the “Little House on the Prairie” book series, was removed as the namesake of a prestigious children’s book award.

The Association for Library Service to Children unanimously voted this weekend to rename the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award” the “Children’s Literature Legacy Award” due to negative depictions of Native Americans and African-Americans in Wilder’s books. 

The ALSC said in a statement: “Wilder’s legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness.”

Examples of racist themes include multiple characters saying, “the only good Indian is a dead…

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'Lagos Noir' a deep dive for West African authors

More than 21 million people make up the population of Lagos, Nigeria, making the city the most populous on the entire African continent, according to …
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