For The Love of Writing


They say there’s only one way to become a better writer, and that is through lots of writing. Question is, how do you get to the part of the process without quitting first? Putting your days thoughts, feelings and vulnerability down on paper can be a budding poet or authors largest hurdle and insecurity. [Read more…]

Time to Vote for May’s Book of the Month

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Let’s Rock the Vote!  For the month of May we are going to read a book a mystery or thriller by a male author.  Since we have been reading female authors so far.

As always there are some really great titles up for vote this time.

Here are the Rules for Voting.

1. You may vote for three (3) books.

2. All members get to vote only once.

3. Last day to vote will be April 19, 2015. (11:00pm Los Angeles time)

4. The book with the most votes wins.  But if there is a tie there will be a 48 hour death match. The two or three books will go into a head to head competition for only 48 hours. Whichever book is left standing (with the most votes) wins!

Below the poll you will find the title of the books linked to a brief description.  Now…may the best book win!

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Jacqueline Woodson

Author of the Month: Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an author of children’s and young adult books, including the memoir and our Book of the Month, “Brown Girl Dreaming.” She is a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, of three Newbery Honors for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers and Show Way, and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for Locomotion and Hush. Among her other awards, includes the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her book, Miracle’s Boys. She resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York.



Books by Jacqueline:

  The Dear One   Show Way   Feathers    Hush   


People are going to judge you all the time no matter what you do…Don’t worry about other people. Worry about you.”  
― The Dear One

In all your getting, get understanding.”  
― Hush

You have those walls up all around you…Come a day you gonna want to tear them down brick by brick and gonna find that the cement is all hard. What you gonna do then?” 
― The Dear One

This is the way brown people have to fight, my grandfather says. You can’t just put your fist up. You have to insist on something gently. Walk toward a thing slowly. But be ready to die, my grandfather says, for what is right. Be ready to die, my grandfather says, for everything you believe in.” 
― Brown Girl Dreaming

A Word From Angela Davis…

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Many activists rose to power and recognition during the 1960’s but one woman inspired young girls to dream and cultivate their imaginations surrounding feminism and social consciousness.

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