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Curtis Bunn sure knows how to throw a book party. The National Book Club Conference, Bunn’s popular annual creation, was held this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.

The multi-talented Tyrese Gibson was there promoting his provocative new book, How to Get Out of your Own Way. Roland Martin received the Terrie Williams Inspiration Award, the key honor of the three-day conference. Other personalities and authors in attendance included Judge Glenda Hatchett, Walter Mosley, Jeff Johnson, Zane, Dolen Perkins-Valdez and many more famous authors.

The Book Look, the upcoming review program on, was there as well — clips and interviews from the conference with Tyrese, Roland Martin and others will be available in upcoming episodes.

What a weekend!

On a sad note, author Leslie Esdaile Banks, aka L.A. Banks, who penned over 40 books and 12 novellas, died Tuesday morning in Philadelphia after a valiant battle with an aggressive form of adrenal cancer. She will be missed.

Make sure you check out the weekly book review below.

I’ll leave you this week with five under-the-radar Black books you should know about.

Keep those pages turning,


Book Review of the Week

This week’s review comes from MahoganyBooks, and it is Just Wanna Testify by Pearl Cleage.

Read the entire review right here.

Five Under-the-Radar Black Novels You Should Know About

1) Meji I Milton Davis

2) Song Yet Sung James McBride

3) The Good House Tananarive Due

4) The Savion Sequence D. Amari Jackson

5) The Chaneysville Incident David Bradley

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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