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February 04, 2008

Carl Brandon's Black History Month List

Hey all,

As many of you know, I'm on the steering committee of The Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to increasing representation of people of color in the speculative genres. We've polled our members and come up with a recommended reading list of speculative fiction books by black authors for Black History Month.

The idea is for you to read these books this month, forward this list around to your friends, take this list into your local bookstores and ask them to display these books this month, post the list on your blogs and websites, etc. I hope you'll all strongly consider at least picking up one of these books and falling into it. It's a wonderful list, and your February will be improved!

So, without further ado:

THE CARL BRANDON SOCIETY
recommends the following books for BLACK HISTORY MONTH:

  • So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
  • My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
  • The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust
  • Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
  • Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
  • Futureland by Walter Mosley
  • The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
  • Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu

And the 2005 CARL BRANDON SOCIETY AWARD Winners:

• PARALLAX AWARD given to works of speculative fiction created by a person of color:
47 by Walter Mosley

• KINDRED AWARD given to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic group:
Stormwitch
by Susan Vaught

(cross-posted at Other magazine blog.)

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I hope you don't mind but I'm lifting this entire entry and posting it into the both the main forums and the horror/speculative fiction group forum on the Black Author Showcase site (with a link to the blog).

My husband just shoved "The Coyote Kings . . . "in my face last week. Serendipity, huh?

I hope you don't mind but I'm lifting this entire entry and posting it into the both the main forums and the horror/speculative fiction group forum on the Black Author Showcase site (with a link to the blog).

My husband just shoved "The Coyote Kings . . . "in my face last week. Serendipity, huh?

Just a question - I finished Butler's Parable of the Sower. I thought it was a very good antidote to some of the right wing lit abt "SHTF" time. Are there other books like the "Sower"?
gracias,
Juan

juan, i don't know what SHTF time is.

there's a sequel to "sower" called "parable of the talents."

as for other books like it, i'm not well-read enough to know. i'll leave it up to any readers who see this comment to make suggestions.

also, you might try signing up for the carl brandon society's yahoo group list-serv. you can ask folks on that list. they'll definitely know.

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