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Black Books Matter Day Saturday 8/6/2022

  It's a perfect day, week, month, season, year to buy, borrow, loan, trade, swap, read, write, hype and/or review books by and about Black, BIPOC and BAME (because Black people are often multi-ethnic and multi-cultural) people.  In addition to your local library, here are some independent bookstores that offer an abundance of Black Books Matter reading selections:   
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Strange Journeys & Unexpected Destinations

Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejide  20th-c. contemporary speculative literary fiction  Akashic Books, March 2021 (paperback, July 2022)  Blurred lines between the living and the dead, reality and fantasy, slumber and consciousness make Nephthys Kinwell's winding routes through Washington, D.C. multifaceted renderings of people who are haunted by their pasts while they seek and decipher clues on how to move forward through grief and disappointment into their purpose. Creatures of Passage slides across and between genres and weaves together heavy themes into a buoyant narrative with the exquisite language and imagery of accessible poetic sensibilities that lifts readers' spirits.  Free Will or Destiny?  The Mutual Friend by Carter Bays  contemporary fiction with romantic elements  Dutton, June 2022  Six Degrees of Separation in the age of screen fixation and addiction  The Arc by Tory Henwood Hoen  contemporary fiction with romantic elements  St. Martin's Press, February

Royal Messes, Quick Reads & Greater Later + Love

It's Complicated  American Royalty by Tracey Livesay  contemporary romance  Avon, June 2022  Cinder-Nanny by Sariah Wilson  contemporary romance  Montlake, June 2022   All the Queen's Men (Her Majesty the Queen investigates #2) by S. J. Bennett  contemporary mystery  William Morrow, March 2021  Dukes Do It Better (Misfits of Mayfair #3) by Bethany Bennett  historical romance  Forever, May 2022  Family Feuds   Lucy Yi Is Not a Romantic by Lauren Ho  contemporary romantic women's fiction  G.P. Putnam's Sons, June 2022  A Daring Pursuit (Ruthless Rivals #2) by Kate Bateman  historical romance  St. Martin's Paperbacks, May 2022  From Bad to Cursed (Witches of Thistle Grove #2) by Lana Harper  contemporary supernatural romance  Berkley, May 2022  STEMinists in Love - contemporary romance novellas by Ali Hazelwood  Under One Roof  Berkley, May 2022  Stuck With You  Berkley, June 2022  BelowZero  Berkley, July 2022   The Love Hypothesis novel by Ali Hazelwood  contemporar

Who's Your Daddy (Dad, Father, Pops, Papa, Avo, Guncle, Mentor, Role Model...)?

Men + Fur Babies, fiction   The Great Gatz by Lauren Baratz-Logsted & Jackie Logsted  Ruff and Tumble* by Lucy Gilmore  * Please, please, please tell me this is the start of a Seattle Lumberjacks sports romance series!  Hard Knocks and Victories in the Game of Life, non-fiction     Pass interference: The History of the Black Quarterback in the NFL by Wisdom Martin Act Like You Got Some Sense, And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me by Jamie Foxx, Corinne Foxx, et al.  Game, An Autobiography by Grant Hill  My Seven Black Fathers: A Young Activist's Memoir of Race, Family, and the Mentors Who Made Him Whole by Will Jawando  A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation, and the New American Story by Rev. Sen. Raphael G. Warnock  Kid Lit   I'm Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown  Documentaries   After Jackie   The Story of Trailblazing Black Baseball Players Who Fought for a More Inclusive America  A Dream Delivered: The Lost Letters of Hawkins Wilson  anc

In the Mood for Mysteries

  Historical fiction   Assembly of the Dead by Saeida Rouass  The Business of Blood (Fiona Mahoney #1) by Kerrigan Byrne  A Treacherous Trade (Fiona Mahoney #2)  A Vocation of Violence (Fiona Mahoney #3 - October 11, 2022)  A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong  The Lady Sherlock Series (currently 6 titles) by Sherry Thomas  The Lady Violet Mysteries (currently 6 with #7 this August) by Grace Burrowes  20th-century fiction    Dead Dead Girls (Harlem Renaissance #1) by Nekesa Afia  Harlem Sunset (Harlem Renaissance #2 - June 28, 2022)  The Blanche White Series (4 titles) by Barbara Neely Hither Page (Page & Sommers #1) by Cat Sebastian  The Missing Page (Page & Sommers #2)  Contemporary      The Lizzie Stuart Mysteries (5 titles) by Frankie Y. Bailey  The Odelia Grey Mysteries (12 titles) by Sue Ann Jaffarian  The Sharon McCone Series (30+ titles) by Marcia Muller 

Some Publishers & Authors Who Celebrate Pride All Year

  Black Rose Writing  Bold Strokes Books   Carina Press   OR Books   PM Press   Riverdale Avenue Books    Three Fortnights Press Tuxbury Publishing LLC   LGBTQ+ comics superheroes   Prince George's County Memorial Library System search results for "LGBTQ" Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, A Resource By and For Transgender Communities  Edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth, with Foreword by Kai Cheng Thom  Unprotected: A Memoir by Billy Porter  TJ Alexander  Shai August  Alexandria Bellefleur  Sarina Bowen  Alyssa Cole  Jayce

#USBookShow & Summer Reading Bonanza

  Once again the Publishers Weekly U.S. Book Show delivered information, entertainment, and inspiration!   Outstanding keynote speakers, author chats, and panel discussions with the engaging Friends & Fiction fun with Tia Williams (Seven Days in June) and T.J. Newman (Falling), Libraries Are Essential, Black Women, Black Voices: Debut Memoirists on Career and Publishing, Celeste Ng, TikTok and Books, and Bringing the World to Your Door as particular favorites, along with Comics and Graphic Novels and so much more. My TBR pile may collapse under the weight of all the new editions.  Plus, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System offers plenty of summer reading options (as usual). Shifters in Love Wish Out of Water by Holley Trent  Mad for a Mate by MaryJanice Davidson  All About the Digits  Starry-Eyed Love by Helena Hunting  Mr. Wrong Number by Lynn Painter  Brace for Impact  The Book of Luke: Earthquake by Iris Bolling  Magical Mayhem  Boss Wi