For all you hungry readers who love to spread literature throughout the lands, here's a concept: Buy a book and have a book donated to a child in need! You already buy books anyway, so why not make it count?
Here's some information, directly from the source, about how you can help make a difference:
We have just launched a new website, NorthParan.com, that we hope will become a game-changer for black books and for children of color. We believe NorthParan.com is the most comprehensive home for black books and black authors that has ever been compiled on the web. The North Paran plan is simple: For every book purchased on our site, North Paran will donate a book to a child in need. Our slogan is Buy One, Give One.
We know how committed you are to our children and to our community, so we are hoping that you will be moved to join us in this campaign to get books into the hands of as many children in our community as we can. We are asking you to take the following steps to help our cause:
1. Forward this message to all the family members, friends and colleagues who you think would be willing to join us in this mission. 2. Visit NorthParan.com and purchase a book today.
By spreading the word and making all your book purchases at NorthParan.com, you can help get a book in the hands of every child in our community. If, for every book we bought in 2009, a free book was given to a child in our community, we could have given 4 free books to every Black child under age 10 in America. Let's make that happen in 2011.
As the winter continues to rear its ugly head, I am on the hunt for some new reading material.
I've been thinking a lot about friendship, family, love and personal growth lately, and am therefore in the mood to read something that contains some, if not all of these elements.
During my search I discovered a book by the title "Farther Than I Meant To Go, Longer Than I meant to Stay" by Tiffany L. Warren. Upon doing some further research, I discovered that it's a national best seller and that this isn't her first book.
I'm definitely one of those people who judges a book by its cover, and I am completely sold on this one. I've ordered a copy and I'm waiting for it, but in the mean time I am reading a google books preview of it. I just couldn't wait for it! So far I am completely taken with the story. Since I haven't finished reading the book yet, I'll tell you what I know about it so far:
The main character, Charmayne Ellis, is a woman who is very successful in her professional life, but is still hoping to find love. She thinks that her lack of luck in this area has to do with the fact that she is overweight. Feeling desperate and insecure, she rushes into a marriage with a man who may not be right for her.
Oh yeah: based on what I've read about the author, God and faith will definitely play a role in this story. I'm not very religious, but a good read is a good read.
Founded in 2007 by a group of writers, editors and booksellers,
ringShout: A Place for Black Literature
is dedicated to recognizing, reclaiming and celebrating
excellence in contemporary literary fiction and nonfiction
by black writers in the United States.
Why the name ringShout?
One of the first dances created by
Africans brought to America as slaves
in the 1700s, the ring shout was a
sacred circle dance of salvation that enabled
a community to find perserverance,
provided solace and rejuvenation,
and sheltered many early nuances of
Africanist culture and practice. (Adapted from Thea Nerissa Barnes,
The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora Dictionary 2005-2006)
We hope that our ringShout can be the same for serious, skilled black writers creating ambitious fiction. We also want to assert our centrality to all facets of the American experience, literary and otherwise.