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The Wedding Party By Jasmine Guillory

Jasmine Guillory’s third novel, THE WEDDING PARTY arrives on e-readers and in bookstores today.


Per Penguin Random House:


Maddie and Theo have two things in common:1. Alexa is their best friend

The Gone Dead By Chanelle Benz

Happiest of book birthdays to Chanelle Benz! The author’s debut novel ☛THE GONE DEAD [pub: Ecco Books] drops today. Award-winning writer Kiese Lamon‘s description alone had me immediately adding it to my summer reading list:

The southern novel will never be the same after this book.

The Nickel Boys By Colson Whitehead

Catch  Colson Whitehead discussing his latest novel ☛THE NICKEL BOYS [pub: Doubleday] on July 20th at St. Ann’s church in Brooklyn, New York. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist is in conversation with poet and scholar, Clint Smith. Click here to buy tickets.

Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford

Gorgeous book cover alert! Tanisha C. Ford is celebrating the release of her third book ☛DRESSED IN DREAMS: A BLACK GIRL’S LOVE LETTER TO THE POWER OF FASHION [pub: St. Martin’s Press] next Tuesday, June 25th. Catch the Africana Studies & History professor’s book signing Thursday,

Let Love Have The Last Word: A Memoir By Common

Rapper/actor/activist Common dropped his memoir ☛LET LOVE HAVE THE LAST WORD [pub. Atria Books] last month. Thank God he’s still on tour. Check out the Grammy + Oscar-Award-winning artist in conversation this evening with Pastor Toure Roberts at the Potter’s House in Denver or at his book signing in Detroit at Shinola watch and jewelry store on Thursday,

F*ck Your Diet By Chloé Hillard

I am beyond smitten with the cover of Chloé Hillard’s  ☛F*CK YOUR DIET AND OTHER THINGS MY THIGHS TELL ME [pub: Gallery Books]. Full disclosure: I know Chloé. We’re both former hip-hop journos and I had no fuckin’ idea she was putting out a book.

I’m Telling The Truth, But I’m Lying By Bassey Ikpi

A part of me was writing non-fiction short stories about things I remembered, while another part was preserving the lies I tell myself to ensure the truth doesn’t kill me. This book is about those truths and the ways in which we parcel fact in order to survive.

Dapper Dan Made In Harlem: A Memoir By Daniel R. Day

Dapper Dan née Daniel R. Ray is releasing his memoir ☛DAPPER DAN MADE IN HARLEM [pub: Random House] on July 9th. Fellow fashion legend, André Leon Talley’s blurb alone convinced me to add it to my #tbr list.

What James Baldwin is to American literature,

Nas Announces His First Children’s Book

The rapper and now author Nas aka Nasir Jones posted the cover of his first children’s book I KNOW I CAN on Instagram today. In the post the king from Queens also announced the launch of MAJR, an online children’s store and a division of the media and entertainment company Mass Appeal.

More Than Enough By Elaine Welteroth

Shaking a tambourine in celebration of Elaine Welteroth’s inspirational ☛MORE THAN ENOUGH: CLAIMING SPACE FOR WHO YOU ARE (NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY) [pub: Viking] dropping today. Just watched the Project Runway judge on Good Morning America crediting her mother as “the shero of this story.”