Tuesday, November 30, 2010
ok, I know we are NOT trying to buy everything our little hearts desire in this season of unbridled consumerism (...um, I mean, the holidays). But, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the number of urban fiction and street lit ebooks available on Kindle. Check in with your public library as many of these titles are available for checkout via OverDrive media downloads. So, go ahead, indulge and get your Street Lit on!
...Since early 2005 (...even earlier, 'cause we remember the 80's Break Dancing phenomenon!) urban youth have been blazin' their creativity and claiming their piece of the world. Turf Dancing is the just the latest wave of self-proclamation rising out of the ghettos of the west coast (notably, Okland and LA) So, like Street Lit, these videos proclaim the exuberance of self expression that won't be contained
Friday, November 19, 2010
What am I reading? I'm in the midst of a few titles right now. The Evanston Public Library's African American Literature Book Discussion Group thatI facilitate on the second Tuesday of each month is reading, "Conception" by Kalisha Buckhanon as its December title. Buckhanon delivers this wonderfully written, urban fiction with a compelling plot and language that draws you to the characters like a magnet.
I'm also reading three riveting street fiction titles, "Alibi" and "Dutch III" by Teri Woods, and "Damaged" by Kia DuPree. I loved finishing Earl Sewell's latest Kimani Tru series title, "Myself and I", and was delighted to attend a book club reading at the Illinois Youth Center with the author, who wove stories for the young book-clubbers about the writing process that were as fascinating as any of his books. I'm enjoying these stories so much I'm falling asleep listening to Ntozake Shange's "Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo : a novel " via OverDrive Media e-audio books that I've downloaded to my Blackberry. So, until I purchase that eReader, I'll continue to stack favorites on my nightstand. Now, what are YOU reading...?