The list author says: "On the ever-shifting horizons of modern publishing, it's very easy for some worthwhile books and authors to slip by public notice. With that in mind, this list will include titles that strike me as worthy of a reader's time. Some may be hugely popular and some appeal to only a few but notable in their own right. The order is mostly random and the overall list an evolving one."
"Even before Barack Obama's historic win in the Iowa caucus, many people noted his candor and charismatic humanity as presented in "Dreams from MY Father." Those who may not have taken him very seriously or paid attention before are definitely doing so now and reading as much as they can by and about him."
"Millions have taken to heart the advice and insights provided by Susan L. Taylor, the former editor-in-chief for ESSENCE Magazine and winner of the NAACP President's Award, through her monthly columns and personal appearances. In "All About Love," she shares generously from the accumulated wealth of writings that have inspired and empowered an entire generation."
""Return to Savannah," "This Mother's Son," "The Keepers of Their People's Spirits," and "Bound Moments" are only a few of the stories that readers worldwide have praised in this compelling volume of creative nonfiction. A deeply moving account of what it means to be a caregiver, poet, and spiritual seeker in the modern American South."
"Those hungry for an autobiography by the great Nobel Laureate for Literature Toni Morrison will not discover one in this book. However, it will provide them with a valuable treasury of reflections by the author on everything from influential women in her life to shared insights on her novels and tributes to fellow literary greats."
""The Bridge of Silver Wings" evolved out of a series of poems called "Songs of the Angelic Gaze" and were first published in book form by Black Skylark Singing Press through Lulu.com. This new Kindle Edition is presented in honor of National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month 2008. Many readers are familiar with some of the individual poems and others now enjoying the book in its entirety."
""Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World" is not a novel for everyone. Readers take one wild ride as Danny Blue tries to cope with his girlfriends's death, a suicide cult claiming her legacy, and his bizarre involvement with two iconic musicians he once admired but now fears. This Kindle Edition first published in paper and hardback by Black Skylark Singing Press on Lulu.com ."
"Writing last year in CONNECT SAVANNAH, Robin Gunn tagged first-time novelist Robert T.S. Mickles' "Blood Kin, A Savannah Story," as a book likely to command a lot of attention. True to that assessment, the novel debuted at number 4 on ESSENCE Magazine's March 2008 bestseller list for paperback fiction."
"That Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth" is neither a novel nor biography marks it as a rare choice for Oprah Winfrey's book club, yet it has become exactly that. The combination of its selection for the book club and Tolle's very powerful message of collective spiritual evolution is certain to make this title one of the most widely discussed, and likely debated, in 2008."
"Award-winning novelist Tina McElroy Ansa started her literary career as a journalist and, after penning several best-selling novels, launched her own Down South Press publishing company. Between her devotion to literary culture in general and her individual excellence as an author in particular, her success can only continue to increase."
"In addition to maintaining Book Remarks.com, one of the most informative websites around when it comes to African-American literature, Cydney Rax continues to add titles of her own to an already impressive list of literary accomplishments."
"Chase Von takes his poetry beyond personal self expressiveness to make statements of political, social, and spiritual significance. Outside the pages of this engaging book, he often publishes interviews with other writers."
"David C. Hightower was just named Poet of the Year 2007 at The Writing Forum online community of artists and authors. His work has long been featured in various literary journals and many are beginning to discover why."
"As audiences worlwide took note of Viggo Mortensen the actor when he dazzled them in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, many noted Mortensen the poet and photographer. With the buzz getting louder over his extraordinary performance in EASTERN PROMISES, prompting many to tout him as a favorite for a 2008 Academy Award, his literary profile grows stronger also."
"Sage Sweetwater is equally famous and infamous for the erotic aspects of her fiction. But those who have read something of the larger body of her writings in multiple genres know she is a seriously gifted author whose works explore significant aspects of history, culture, and spirituality, particularly as they pertain to women."
"The five-star reviews on Amazon and critical acclaim in general for Jeremy C. Shipp's "Vacation" attest to the interest gathering around this author's work. His growing visibility in Internet literary communities definitely places him among authors to watch in 2008."
"Junot Diaz was greeted with much acclaim upon the publication of DROWN, his collection of short stories, and the subsequent news that he was writing a novel was hailed with great enthusiasm. Some 7 or so years later, that novel is here and readers and critics alike agree it was worth the wait."
"Given his mastery of the legal suspense genre over the past two decades, and his recent venture into nonfiction, John Grisham's latest is bound to more than satisfy his many fans and probably win him quite a few more."
"Few things can stir interest in the life of a relatively "obscure" poet like a hit movie and that is exactly what "The Great Debaters," starring Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker, has done in the case of Melvin B. Tolson. The fact that Oprah Winfrey served as one of the producers isn't likely to hurt either."
"Paul H. Kogel strikes me as the kind of author who is every bit as dedicated to growing as a writer as he is to developing an appreciative reading audience. That kind of positive combination can create some very dynamic results."