Celebrating Black History Month

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


The League is pleased to announce:

Carole McDonnell, author of Wind Follower, will be blogging here with us on Thursday;

Also, Tananarive Due, multi-published author, two-time Bram Stoker nominee, NAACP Image Award nominee, American Book Award winner, and--most importantly--fellow Dolphins fan, will be stopping by later in the month;

And Seressia Glass, multi-published author of paranormal romances, will be blogging with us next week!

Please help us make these amazingly talented ladies welcome!

(Note: Be sure to check back later today for Mark's weekly post!)

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