"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"
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!