Friday, December 31, 2010

To preserve and perpetuate

"From the age of thirteen, after my mother introduced me to Black Boy by Richard Wright, seldom has there been a day that I've been without a book. For a poor boy coming from the lower east side of Detroit by way of Little Rock, Arkansas, books at such a late age represented revelation and intellectual liberation." Haki Madhubuti, "Never Without A Book"

Hello readers,

I have so appreciated Now Rise Books blog, this new writing venture I began in 2010 to talk about aspects of my book life, including bookselling and collecting, as well as reading, writers and publishing, generally.

Many thanks to everyone who connected with the blog to share your responses and information.

There is so much to share, so much to read. I am overwhelmed, yet more dedicated to reading the books steadily growing in my home library--and those new releases that keep on coming. I am reading to understand, to defend, to lay a foundation, to preserve and perpetuate the people and culture of African descent, and to support a just and humane social order in America and throughout our world.

In the new year, I look forward to talking more about reading, my acquisitions to Now Rise Books inventory (hopefully you will find some specail work to add to your home library), to authors, booksellers and publishers--and to you.

Here's to mutual "revelation" and "intellectual liberation" through reading and sharing together in 2011.

Peace and blessing in the New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Voices of Freedom

Just acquired a very good hardback copy of Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s, by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer.
Also, I recently purchased the first series of the Eyes on the Prize cd set, beginning with the Montgomery Bus boycott through the mid Sixties, and Voices is a companion to that magnificent documentation of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power revolution that Henry Hampton captured through his production company, Blackside, Inc.
Voices will be available at nowrisebooks at Amazon shortly.