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In Honor Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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STATUS: Today is a holiday but I came into the office to try and catch up.

What’s playing on the iPod right now? PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) by U2

In honor of MLK, why don’t you buy a novel today from an African-American author.

I’ve got three Denver writers I’d like to suggest to help you do just that.


Carleen Brice’s ORANGE, MINT, & HONEY

Elyse Singleton’s THIS SIDE OF THE SKY

11 Responses

  1. Lydia Sharp said:

    Carleen Brice’s novel is already on my 2-B-Read list. The other two look intriguing as well. Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂

    A couple of shameless plugs for Carleen:
    White Readers Meet Black Authors
    Orange Mint and Honey has been made into the TV Movie “Sins of the Mother” which will air on Lifetime Movie Network, Sunday February 7th.

  2. Carleen Brice said:

    Thanks Kristin! Kim’s and Elyse’s are two of my favorites. A quick update on the movie: the air date’s been pushed back to Feb. 21st.
    Rebekah, Run, don’t walk, to THIS SIDE OF THE SKY. I guarantee you will love it!

  3. kmfields said:

    I’m a regular reader and I have every confidence that no malice whatsoever was intended by this post. But there’s an unspoken implication that readers only need to think about books by black authors on a particular day, kind of like Black History Month. As an African American writer, I’m hoping for the day when we’re judged by the content of our novels (with apologies to MLK for paraphrasing).

  4. Tammee said:

    Thanks for the suggestions! I read the first few pages of This Side of the Sky and ordered it immediately.

  5. Kerry said:

    Respectfully, I disagree.

    Sorry for the late response, but time has not been kind.

    I disagree that Dr. King’s birthday is a moment to buy a book from an African American author.

    As a distinguished graduate of the DEOMI and a long time advocate of diversity I would say that Dr. King’s birthday is a time to pick up a book of a person who you respect and have been meaning to read, not NECESSARILY an African-American author.

    Dr. King said it so perfectly:

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

    So respectfully, I disagree.

    February is Black History Month and a fine time for that sentiment, but for Dr. King’s Birthday I say read that book you’ve been meaning to read by the author or on a subject you respect.

    For me, it’s Tracy Kidder’s “Moutain’s Beyond Moutains”

    I’m heading down to Haiti in Feb.

    FWIW: I’m bringing Elizabeth Haydon’s stuff with me(good luck charm), but may bring one of your recommendations as well.