Coffee and Books: Novel About First Black FBI Agent by Jason Overstreet

November 14, 2016 Leave a comment

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Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices in Austin and Texas

October 29, 2016 Leave a comment

Come hear the words and inspiration from some of the most dynamic and culturally diverse authors in Austin and Texas on Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St., Austin, Texas. Featured authors include Anthony and Keffrelyn Brown, co-authors of BLACK INTELLECTUAL THOUGHT IN EDUCATION; Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, author of the short story collection BAREFOOT DOGS; Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of the novel BEFORE WE VISIT THE GODDESS; Jacob Grovey, author of the novel DANCE OF THE BROKEN, and John Moran Gonzalez, author of BORDER RENAISSANCE.  Cosponsors include City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and Austin Revitalization Authority.

To register for the event click here.


Anthony and Keffrelyn Brown


Antonio Ruiz-Camacho



Marrick Armstrong (writing as Matthias Miles)



Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni



Jacob Grovey

Coffee and Books: The Boys of Dunbar, Legendary High School Basketball Team

October 4, 2016 Leave a comment

The Dunbar Poets high school basketball team in Baltimore produced four NBA players from its undefeated 1981-1982 team: Mugsy Bogues, Reggie Williams, David Wingate, and Reggie Lewis.  In the BOYS OF DUNBAR,sports journalist Alejandro Danois examines their lives and that of their coach Bob Wade in an inner city neighborhood plagued by drugs and violence.

PODCAST: Interview with Jennifer Hritz

September 29, 2016 1 comment

I interviewed Austinite Jennifer Hritz, author of two novels, THE CROSSING, and I, TOO, HAVE SUFFERED IN THE GARDEN, live on the August 7 edition of KAZI Book Review.  She recently completed writing her third novel, SLOW BURN.  She is a wonderful novelist.  Take a listen to the interview:

Coffee and Books: Lynchings and a Murder Mystery

September 28, 2016 Leave a comment

BEYOND THE ROPE: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture by Karlis K. Hill and THE HEAVENS MAY FALL, a murder mystery novel set in Minneapolis by Allen Eskibs, are the books I’m currently reading for upcoming interviews for KAZI Book Review.

Coffee and Books: Mystery and History

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

My reading this morning goes from a contemporary setting in Wyoming to 16th century Florence, Italy; from craggy sheriff Walt Longmire to Alessandro de’ Medici with the books AN OBVIOUS FACT by Craig Johnson, Johnson’s 12th Walt Longmire and THE BLACK PRINCE OF FLORENCE by Catherine Fletcher.

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Coffee and Books: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

September 1, 2016 Leave a comment

This Sunday I’m taping an interview with Karl Jacoby, author of THE STRANGE CAREER OF WILLIAM ELLIS: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire.  KAZI Book Review contributor Evelyn Martin Anderson recommended the book and we’ll be jointly interviewing him.

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