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Everybody has a story — at least that’s what they say. I was recently discussing the latest in books with tireless blogger and journalist, Jessica Ann Mitchell of, and she told me how many of her bloggers and followers consistently voice an interest in writing, publishing and marketing a book concept; and they are certainly not alone. It’s something I heard recently at the Congressional Black Caucus’s Author’s Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival; and again during the National Book Festival in DC.

With recent and rapid changes in technology, getting a book published is more convenient and doable than ever before. In the coming months, along with giving you the latest on books and book news, I’ll also start sharing some resources and ideas on how you can get your book concept up and crackin’ so that, one day, I’ll be shedding some ink in this space talking about you.

In industry news, The Book Look, the online video segment tackling the latest in books and book news relevant to our community, has released its much-anticipated second episode, which I have included here:

I’ll leave you this week with five motivational books by Black authors, one of them by the recently departed environmentalist and freedom fighter, Wangari Maathai. May she certainly rest in peace…

Keep those pages turning,


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Five Motivational Books

1) The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life Kevin Powell

2) Unbowed: A Memoir Wangari Maathai

3) In the Spirit Susan L. Taylor

4) The Wealth Cure Hill Harper

5) Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice Dennis Kimbro/Napoleon Hill

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is the founder of new media publishing company, Brand Nu Words and a senior vice president of the Jamestown Project, a think tank focusing on democracy.


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