National Black Book Festival


Monday, September 6, 2010

Still on a Budget

Number 23

Well, I hope your week was a good one. It was good for me because I try my very best to start the week first in church on Sunday and then getting my clothes and lunch ready for the week. I have been working lots of extra hours, not just for money, but to get some time off for me. It’s not easy and there are times I know I cannot go anywhere because I’m broke. Everything is so expensive and I have to watch every single dime, nickel, penny, quarter, dollar bill, 10 and 20 dollar bills go out the door. Nope, I don’t have any 50 or 100 dollar bills. I haven’t seen presidents U.S.Grant-$50 or a Benjamin Franklin-$100 and definitely not a William McKinley-$500, wonder what that feels like? Oh well, at least I can afford zero to about $15.00 for books on the Kindle. I can go walking with my dog Tommy in the Park and sit and read read and read some more.

There are some exceptions; I have saved to buy Terry McMillan’s, “GETTING TO HAPPY,” for $15.08 in hardback. Yes, I saved $15.00, hey I’m not stupid. It may seem like a little bit of money, but $15.00 goes a long way when you are on a serious budget.
This is one of those books you got to have in your hands and track the author down to autograph it. That’s me all over I will run, fly or drive to get that signature.

Here’s Terry McMillian tour dates if you are wondering where you can get yours.

NYC, NY - 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 7
Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 East 17th St.
NYC, NY 10003
Barnes & Noble

Philadelphia, PA -7:30 PM, Wednesday, September 8
Philadelphia Free Library
Montgomery Auditorium, Central Library
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia Free Library

Washington, DC - 7:30-9:00 PM Thursday September 9
The Oracle Group
Takoma Park - Silver Spring Performing Arts Center
795 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The Oracle Group
*cocktail event including signed book with ticket purchase

NYC, NY - 6:00 PM, Friday, September 10
Hue-Man Bookstore
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
Hue-Man Bookstore

Boston, MA - 5:00 PM Saturday, September 11
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Brookline Booksmith

Baltimore, MD - 2:30 PM Sunday, September 12
Enoch Pratt Library
Central Library
400 Cathedral Dt.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Pratt Library
*Free event- contact for tickets

Raleigh-Durham, NC - 7:30 PM Monday, September 13
Quail Ridge Books & Music
3522 Wade Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27607
Quail Ridge Books

Atlanta, GA - 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 14
Georgia Center for the Book
DeKalb County Piblic Library
215 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA 30030
Georgia Center for the Book

Dearborn, MI - 7:00 PM Thursday, September 16
5601 Mercury Dr.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Borders Books

Southfield, MI - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Friday, September 17
Sam's Club #6454
22500 Eight Mile Rd.
Southfield. MI 48033
*Signing only. Free event for Sam's Club members.

Minneapolis- St. Paul, MN - 2:00 PM Saturday, September 18
Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library
Minneapolis Public Library - Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55430
Minneapolis Public Library
*Free event. Tickets through Borders.

Chicago, IL - 7:00 PM Monday, September 20
Barnes & Noble
297 Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook, IL 60523
Barnes & Noble

Kansas City, MO - 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 21
Rainy Day Books
Offsite at Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Rainy Day Books
*ticketed event. 1 book buys 2 tickets

St. Louis, MO - 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 22
Left Bank Books
Off Site at Christ Church Cathedral
1210 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO
Left Bank Books
*ticketed event. One book buys two tickets.

Seattle, WA - 7:30 PM Thursday, September 23
Town Hall
Presented by Elliott Bay Books & Central District Forum for Arts & Ideals
1119 8th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Central District Forum
$5 ticket

San Francisco, CA - 1:00 PM Saturday, September 25
Costco #144
450 10th St.
SF, CA 94103
*Signing ONLY. Free event for Costco members.

Los Angeles, CA - 7:00 PM Tuesday September 28
Eso Won Bookstore
***Offsite venue - DETAILS TBD Event free and open to public.
Eso Won Books

Los Angeles, CA - 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 29
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, Ca 91101
Vroman's Books

Oakland, CA - 6:30 PM Saturday, October 2
Marcus Books
***Offsite venue details TBD
Marcus Books

Danville, CA - 7:00 PM Friday, October 8
Rakestraw Bookstore
522 Hartz Ave.
Danville, CA 94526
Rakestraw Books

Here are some more cheap books to get your groove on.

WHEN I GET WHERE I’M GOING - $9.99 - - - Let’s support a Detroit woman. It’s hard out there and this sister is doing it.

COLOR ME BUTTERFLY: A Novel Inspired by One Family’s Journey from Tragedy to Triumph - $9.69


ONE FLIGHT UP: A Novel - $11.99 - - - According to one reviewer, this is the next step forward for Sex and The City fanatics.

SECTION 8: A HOOD RAT NOVEL - $9.99 - - - This is his ninth novel on the popular Hood Rat series. He is one of my Face book friends and a serious urban fiction writer. Got to give my boy his props, he’s good. Other books by him:

BLOW (G UNIT BOOK) written with 50 Cent - $9.99 and DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR (G UNIT) - $10.99- - - I was home in DC near the Foggy Bottom subway exit and there was a guy selling Urban Fiction and I found these. I could not believe 50 Cent was part of it and that’s one of the reason I brought it. I went back a few months later and the guy was gone but did hear that he is still around selling our books on the street.



DOCTOR’S ORDERS - $1.59 - - - What happens when doctors play Doctor? Cardiologist Emily Harte is accustomed to giving orders, but she might learn to enjoy taking them when chief surgeon Drew Dalton seduces her on the night of City Hospital-s holiday party. What starts out as fun becomes so much more when Drew-s heart turns their game into serious business.

STEALING CANDY - $9.99 - - - A review from Amazon, “Three teenage girls from very different backgrounds have been abducted by a pimp who refers to them as “his candy” while treating them with cruelty and contempt. Routinely battered, emotionally manipulated, the girls are brainwashed into accepting sexual servitude as their hopeless plight in life. Saleema Sparks has made it her life’s mission to provide a sanctuary for troubled teen-age girls. With dwindling personal funds, she may have to close the doors to her one-woman operation—Head Up—a safe haven for young women in crisis. But when Portia, a member of Head Up, goes missing, Saleema does not accept that the troubled teen is simply a runaway. She is compelled to look for Portia, forcing an apathetic community to open their eyes and lend a hand in the search for the abducted teen. But can she help Portia and the other sex-trafficked girls break free from the malicious pimp who has abducted them? Determined to save three young lives, Saleema risks everything to get the girls out of the pimp’s murderous grasp.