Wanted: Waterstones Black Writing Curator

Waterstones Piccadilly is ever and always my favourite book shop. It’s housed in a stunning art deco building in Central London and contains eight floors filled with miles of beautiful books.

I love the branch not only for the eight floors of awesomeness, but also for its Black Writing section.

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11 things you (maybe) didn’t know about Nicola Yoon

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1. Her family emigrated from Jamaica to America when she was 11-years-old. Yoon used her experience of being caught between two cultures to flesh out the lives of the characters in her second novel, The Sun is Not a Star. Natasha and Daniel are both children of immigrants. Natasha’s family is facing deportation back to Jamaica when she meets Korean-American, Daniel. Continue reading

Bougie Christmas Baking with Lorraine Pascale

Maybe you need a last-minute dish for a pot luck. Maybe you’re after a show-stopping dessert to impress family and friends over the festive season. Or maybe you just want something to snack on while you’re binge watching Queen Sugar during your Christmas vacation. Whatever the cause, Lorraine Pascale’s recipe for White Chocolate & Cherry Torte with a Creme Fraiche Chantilly is the gift that keeps on giving. It sounds like something off a French menu in a high end restaurant, it looks mouth-wateringly delicious and it is possibly the simplest cake I’ve ever baked. No, really! Watch…

Christmas 2016 Black Book Gift Guide

It’s been a tough year. We could all use a break. Gift wrap some joy and escapism for the people you love this Christmas. With 30 book suggestions to choose from, you’ll find there truly is a book for everybody.

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1. The Perfect Find – Tia Williams

A forty-year-old woman with everything on the line – her high-stakes career, ticking biological clock, bank account – risks it all for a secret romance with a man half her age.

2. From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings – Frances Mensah Williams

Faye Bonsu has it all: a gorgeous boyfriend, a career as an interior designer and a mansion to call home. But with all her friends becoming mothers, a partner in no hurry to propose, tricky clients, and a very attractive and single boss, things are not quite as simple as they appear. She takes a trip to Ghana for some R&R, but life takes an even more complicated turn.

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5 Black Publishers You Should Be Supporting

When Margaret Busby launched her publishing company in 1967, she was the youngest and first black woman to do so in England.

Decades later, when she was asked why she’d fought so hard to launch an indie publishing house, she said:

“So that you don’t only get one perspective all the time, with everything filtered through the usual gatekeepers— we know who they are, whether in London, New York or wherever… Other voices need to get a look-in, not just those that already have the power.”

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5 Black Beach Reads for 2016

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I’ve seen a number of black reading lists for summer 2016 and I have to say, they feature an overabundance of weepy, traumatic or painfully intellectual recommendations.

It doesn’t take a data analyst to find the causal link between the dearth of black genre fiction and the lack of light-hearted (yet clever) summer reads. Here, I’ll draw the correlative line for you.

Luckily, my spidey senses are always attuned to the light-read frequency so here are five genre novels for you to enjoy in the sunshine.

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Chapters celebrates black writing

I was moseying around the Chapters in downtown Toronto today, just killing time before meeting a friend. It was great to see the variety of black authors on display for Black History Month.

The Motocyclist

The Motorcyclist

Carl Black is an intellectual and artist, a traveller, a reader and an unapologetic womanizer. A motorcyclist. He burns for the bohemian life, but is trapped in a railway porter’s prosaic— —existence. Taking place over one dramatic year in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Motorcyclist recounts Carl’s travels and romantic exploits as he tours the backroads of the east coast and the bedrooms of a series of beautiful women. 

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