African American

11 Oct

Community Responds to Eso Won in Time of Need

Last weekend, sales at Eso Won Books in Los Angeles were up 500 percent compared to a typical weekend, according to store co-owner James Fugate.

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12 Sep

Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe: 360 Degrees of Humanity

When Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe in New York City turned five years old last month, the owners and staff of the Harlem cultural landmark were busy doing what they always do: finding creative ways to meet the reading needs of one of the nation's best known and largest African-American communities.

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27 Mar

Programming for African-American Book Industry Professionals at BEA

This year's BookExpo America program for African-American book industry professionals, sponsored by the African-American Booksellers Committee, will be held on Thursday, May 31, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Registration for the program, which is open to all BEA attendees, is not required.

Thursday May 31; The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Opening Session and Luncheon
11:30 a.m.; Room 1E12 - 1E13

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02 Nov

Esowon Celebrates Grand Reopening in New Location

Esowon Books, the 18-year-old African-American bookstore, has moved to Leimert Park Village, a Los Angeles neighborhood favored by African-American businesses and cultural institutions. The store, founded and owned by James Fugate and Tom Hamilton, celebrated its grand reopening, in a 3,200-square-foot space, on October 14.

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04 Apr

BEA Spotlight: Programming for Children's, College & African-American Booksellers

ABA's fourth annual Day of Education on Thursday, May 18, at BookExpo America will provide a wide array of seminars and panel discussions with one goal in mind: increasing sales.

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27 Oct

Shrine Bookstores Celebrate 35 Years of Service to African-American Communities

Outside the Detroit Store.

Inside the Atlanta Store.

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28 Apr

BEA -- Five Weeks and Counting

This week, BTW shines a spotlight on Thursday, June 2, programming at this year's BookExpo America (BEA) for children's booksellers, for African-American booksellers, and for college stores. BEA will be held from June 2 - 5, at New York City's Jacob Javits Convention Center.

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17 Feb

Are You Celebrating Black History Month?

Has your store commemorated Black History Month with a special event? An author appearance? A celebration involving children?

If you have done something special to celebrate this month, BTW would like to hear from you for an upcoming story. Please send an e-mail to [email protected]; include a description of your special event and/or contact information.

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04 Jan

Welcome to Karibu Books -- Empowering and Educating

Karibu Books, an African-American specialty store, now includes five locations in the Washington, D.C. area, with a sixth opening in Baltimore later in 2005. The company's philosophy is to empower and educate people by providing complete access to books by and about people of African descent.

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16 Jun

African-American Presence at BEA Flourishes

On Thursday, June 3, at BookExpo America, African-American booksellers and publishers convened for the annual African American Booksellers Conference (AABC). Throughout the daylong program, publishers, authors, and booksellers demonstrated the strength, diversity, and challenges of the African-American market. Expectations were high for the opening of the first African-American Pavilion on the BEA show floor. Participants were not disappointed the next day when the pavilion hosted 17 publishers, representing over a hundred African-American authors.

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18 May

Community Seeks to Save Black Images Book Bazaar

In April, Emma Rodgers and Ashira Tosihwe, owners of Black Images Book Bazaar in Dallas, announced that the bookstore would close in 2005. However, now Black Images is the focus of a widespread effort to keep its doors open, and Rodgers and Tosihwe are reconsidering their plans. Rodgers had cited high rents and the economy as among the reasons the store would not renew its lease, but the pair intentionally announced their plans well in advance.

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16 Dec

African-American Elders Share Their Wisdom

"A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak is like having your grandmother in the room with you," said Renee Poussaint, executive director and co-founder of the National Visionary Leadership Project (NVLP) and co-editor of the collection of oral histories that tell the first-person stories of African-American elders, both the nationally notable and

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04 Jun

The BlackBoard Books of the Year Presented at BEA

BlackBoard African-American Bestsellers, Inc. has announced its 2003 Books of the Year. The awards, presented at this year's BookExpo America in Los Angeles and hosted by Cee Cee Michaela of the UPN series Girlfriends, recognize outstanding African-American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.

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29 May

Live From BEA -- Day One

On Thursday, May 29, over 300 independent booksellers from around the U.S. converged in Los Angeles for the ABA Education Day, which included ABA's first annual "What Are You Reading Lunch." The day's numerous sessions were packed with prospective, novice, and veteran booksellers alike, each looking to enhance their bookselling skills. According to comments from a number of booksellers, the programming did not disappoint.

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16 Apr

* * * Countdown to BookExpo * * * The Buzz on African American, Children's, and Latin American/Latino Books

Booksellers with an interest in hearing about the newest offerings from publishers of African American, children's, and Latin American/Latino books will have the opportunity at Book Buzz Workshops at BookExpo America on Thursday, May 29, in Los Angeles. The workshops, new this year, are similar in concept to BEA's popular Editor and Bookseller Buzz Forum.

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