In an age when books can seem like an endangered species in the Black community, the original and exciting adventures of the booming Black Science Fiction and Fantasy genres are a godsend to the stewards of Black literacy.
And with best-selling authors such as Milton Davis, Nila Brown, Gerald Coleman, G Russell Gaynor and Balogun Ojetade rubbing elbows with their readers and soon-to-be readers, the YOU are the Hero Book Fair is sure to be a Blacktastic experience for all.
When I asked my son, Oluade, a thirteen year old eighth grader, why he is so excited about next week’s book fair he said “A book gives you much more detail about how a character is feeling. In a movie, or TV show, you don’t get that…except maybe in Teen Wolf and The Flash.”
Newsflash: Oluade loves him some Teen Wolf and The Flash.
“When I first approached Ani Yun’wiya Jones, the owner of Waterfront Eatery and Wellness Center, about hosting the book fair at his venue, he was excited as Oluade. “This is unheard of for our children, teens and grown folks,” he said. “To bring something so important to life for us? To see us – hell, to see myself as the hero or superhero…finally? Of course, I’ll host it!”
So, there you have it. Join us in Atlanta for great conversation, great food and, most of all, Blacktastic Books in which YOU are the hero!
Authors Milton Davis, Balogun Ojetade, Gerald Coleman, Nila Brown and G Russell Gaynor will discuss their books, the Black image in the media, the importance of telling our stories and seeing ourselves as the hero and much more.
The authors will also share brief, exciting excerpts from their works and answer your questions, too.
A huge selection of great science fiction, fantasy and horror written by and about Black people will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.
Bring the entire family and get them acquainted with beloved characters and series they’ll reach for again and again.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
12 PM – 4 PM
Waterfront Eatery and Wellness Center
2240 Forest Pkwy
Take a look at the incredible selection of books coming to the YOU are the Hero Book Fair:
When You Die, You Go To Mississippi by Nila N. Brown
From the author of the Kurai Utopia Trilogy, Blue Caladium and Paradigm comes this poignant coming-of-age story of 10-year old Dicey Whittier, who takes a brave, fantastical journey to discover the meaning of life and death, and how she finally learned to grieve and say goodbye.
The concept of this book came from a tragedy in the author’s family that occurred in 1976, when a four-year old cousin choked to death on a penny. The author was young and did not understand the concept of death and thought that when you died, you went to Mississippi to live. When the author was told that her cousin had died, her brother and sister cried but the author wanted to get on the Greyhound to go and visit her cousin. The author’s mother realized that the author did not understand and explained death to her. When another friend passed away in November of 2014, the author remembered the story of her cousin. Out of that memory came the title and story that is When You Die, You Go to Mississippi.
Steamfunk edited by Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade
A witch, more machine than human, judges the character of the wicked and hands out justice in a ravaged Chicago. John Henry wields his mighty hammers in a war against machines and the undead. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman rule a country of freed slaves that rivals – and often bests – England and France in power and technology. You will find all this – and much more – between the pages of Steamfunk, an anthology of incredible stories by some of today’s greatest authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Steamfunk – African and African American-inspired Steampunk.
Editors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade have put together a masterful work guaranteed to transport you to new worlds. Worlds of adventure; of terror; of war and wonder; of iron and steam. Open these pages and traverse the lumineferous aether to the world of Steamfunk!
Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology edited by Milton Davis and Charles R. Saunders
Magic. Myth. Warfare. Wonder. Beauty. Bravery. Glamour. Gore. Sorcery. Sensuality. These and many more elements of fantasy await you in the pages of Griots, which brings you the latest stories of the new genre called Sword and Soul.
The tales told in Griots are the annals of the Africa that was, as well as Africas that never were, may have been, or should have been. They are the legends of a continent and people emerging from shadows thrust upon them in the past. They are the sagas sung by the modern heirs of the African story-tellers known by many names – including griots. Here, you will meet mighty warriors, seductive sorceresses, ambitious monarchs, and cunning courtesans. Here, you will journey through the vast variety of settings Africa offers, and inspires. Here, you will savor what the writings of the modern-day griots have to offer: journeys through limitless vistas of the imagination, with a touch of color and a taste of soul.
Griots: Sisters of the Spear edited by Milton Davis and Charles R. Saunders
Griots: Sisters of the Spear picks up where the ground breaking Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology leaves off. Charles R. Saunders and Milton J. Davis present seventeen original and exciting Sword and Soul tales focusing on Black women.
Just as the Griots Anthology broke ground as the first Sword and Soul Anthology, Griots: Sisters of the Spear pays homage to the spirit, bravery and compassion of women of color.
The griots have returned to sing new songs, and what wonderful songs they are!
The City: A Cyberfunk Anthology edited by Milton Davis
The City anthology is a unique creation. It’s a concept anthology, a collection of stories where eighteen different authors share their vision of a single idea. It’s Cyberfunk, cyberpunk stories that play with future concepts from an African/African American perspective. Most of all it’s engaging, exciting, thought provoking and fun.
Like the inhabitants, the City is perceived in various ways by the various writers. Some stories intersect, some diverge, but they all entertain. The result is a journey into a unique world described by unique and engaging voices.
From Here to Timbuktu by Milton Davis
The year is 1870. As the young country of Freedonia prepares to celebrate fifty years of existence, a young bounty hunter by the name of Zeke Culpepper is hired by a wealthy businessman to find a valuable book.
In the kingdom of Mali on the continent of Africa, veteran warrior Famara Keita has been assigned to find that same book and bring it back to its rightful owner. And in the newly formed nation of Germany, an ambitious Prussian officer seeks the book as well for its secrets that could make Germany the most powerful nation in the world.
The result is an action adventure like no other!
Woman of the Woods by Milton Davis
The latest Sword and Soul novel by Milton Davis returns to the land of Meji, the amazing world of Uhuru. It tells the story of Sadatina, a girl on the brink of becoming a woman living with her family in Adamusola, the land beyond the Old Men Mountains. But tragic events transpire that change her life forever, revealing a hidden past that leads her into the midst of a war between her people and those that would see them destroyed, the Mosele. Armed with a spiritual weapon and her feline ‘sisters,’ Sadatina becomes a Shosa, a warrior trained to fight the terrible nyokas, demon-like creatures that aid the Mosele in their war against her people.
Woman of the Woods is an action filled, emotionally charged adventure that expands the scope of the world of Uhuru and introduces another unforgettable character to its heroic legends.
Changa’s Safari by Milton Davis
In the 15th century on the African Continent a young prince flees his homeland of Kongo, vowing to seek revenge for the murder of his father and the enslavement of his family and his people.
He triumphs over the slavery and the fighting pits of Mogadishu to become a legendary fighter and respected merchant.
From the Swahili cities of the East African Coast to the magnificent Middle Kingdom of Asia, Changa and his crew experience adventures beyond the imagination. Changa will not rest until he has fulfilled his promise to his family and his people.
The anchors are raised and the sails unfurled. Let the safari begin!
Changa’s Safari, Volume 2 by Milton Davis
Changa Diop, Swahili merchant and adventurer, continues his amazing
adventures with his crew and companions.
The hulls of his dhows laden with treasures of the Middle Kingdom, Changa sets sail for home. But adventure waits at every port, some deliberate, others totally unexpected.
Be prepared for action, adventure, and surprises and Changa and his crew
cross the seas for home.
Grab the ropes and make yourself secure. Changa
is coming home.
Changa’s Safari, Volume 3 by Milton Davis
Changa’s epic journey continues!
After returning from the east with his dhows filled with wealth, a sudden tragedy forces Changa and his crew to set out again. But this time Changa travels into Africa, experiencing fantastic adventures in the grand kingdoms of Kanem, Songhai and the Yoruba city-states.
Follow Changa as he seeks to regain his fortunes and comes closer to his destiny!
Meji, Book 1 by Milton Davis
On the continent of Uhuru, in the grasslands of the Sesu, Inkosi Dingane is granted his wish. His Great Wife Shani bears him a son, an heir to his growing empire. But the ancestors have plans of their own. Shani bears him twin boys, meji, an abomination among the Sesu, but a blessing to Shani’s people, the Mawena.
Thus begins the story of two brothers destined to transform their world.
One brother, Ndoro, fights for his place among the Sesu, hoping to shed the stigma of abomination. The other, Obaseki, grows to a man among the people of his mother, struggling with a gift that alienates him from his family and eventually leads to his exile.
Both brothers set out to find his destiny, traveling through teeming savannah, mysterious forests, haunted ocean cliffs and infernal deserts, fulfilling a prophecy that would change them and their world forever.
Meji, Book 2 by Milton Davis
Ndoro and Obaseki, twin brothers of royal birth, now find themselves on different paths to the same destiny.
Ndoro, driven by revenge, forges his adopted people into the greatest weapon Uhuru has ever known.
Obaseki begins a sojourn that takes him to the land of his mysterious spirit horn, Moyo, the pieces of his puzzling power falling into place with each step. As each brothers’ powers grow their paths become clear.
Meji Book Two begins where Meji Book One ends, following the brothers into adulthood. Each adventure brings them closer to their destiny as well as revealing more of the diverse and wonderful word of Uhuru.
In Meji Book Two, Two will become One.
Amber and the Hidden City by Milton Davis
Thirteen year old Amber Robinson’s life is full of changes. Her parents are sending her to a private school away from her friends, and high school looms before her. But little does she know that her biggest change awaits in a mysterious city hidden from the world for a thousand years.
Amber’s grandmother is a princess from this magical kingdom of Marai. She’s been summoned home to use her special abilities to select the new king but she no longer has the gift, and her daughter was never trained for the task. That leave only one person with the ability to save the city: Amber! But there are those who are determined that Amber never reaches Marai and they will do anything to stop her.
Prepare yourself for an exciting adventure that spans from the Atlanta suburbs to the grasslands of Mali.
It’s a story of a girl who discovers her hidden abilities and heritage in a way that surprises and entertains.
When Night Falls: Book One of The Three Gifts by Gerald L. Coleman
When Night Falls is a rousing and entertaining adventure in the tradition of The Wheel of Time and The Lord of the Rings!
What happens when your ordinary age stops being so ordinary? What happens when dark, twisted things step out of the mists of legend to walk the world again? Strange, black ships have been spotted far out at sea. People are disappearing from towns without a trace. Cordovan, a member of the Watchmen of Alexandria, knows something is wrong, as he races toward the capital, hoping he will make it in time. Meanwhile, far to the north, two of the ancient Sages of the West, the Ki’gadi, know that the darkness is coming. While the rest of the world carries on, unaware of the danger, they search for the place where the darkness is taking root. Heroes will be needed to face what is coming. Alexandria is home to one. His name is Bantu, the Commander-General of the Peoples Company. He will be needed, when night falls.
Nightwalker by G Russell Gaynor
After losing his mother to a runaway car, Alex was determined to never again be without the skills necessary to protect those he loved.
Stunned by loss and determined not to end up in an orphanage, Alex began a near-impossible journey to find the one man who could continue his education… the man who had taught his father.
What Alex would become was something no one could have predicted. And in one of life’s little surprises, he discovered that the loved ones he swore to protect had somehow become much more than just his family.
Mind Of The Man-Child by G Russell Gaynor
Mind of the Man-Child is the first volume in the Lost Children of Earth Series. The story follows the psychic awakening of William, a young man who is actually the son of members of a race of humans who are no longer from Earth. This race is involved in a civil war which ends up on William’s doorstep. The confused teenager must deal with bullies both at home and from beyond the stars, a new love, and a team of FBI agents who are tracking a series of very unusual murders. A new twist on a beloved genre, Mind of the Man-Child is sure to capture the imagination & have the reader eager for the installments to come.
Riddle of the Source by G Russell Gaynor
A thrilling sequel to the popular Mind of the Man-Child, this book takes you back to the world of ‘more than we can imagine’ and explodes with action as the reader is brought even deeper into William’s world.
New characters and their diverse motivations are introduced in the continuing saga of our young hero who is trying to find his place between two worlds.
Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2) by Balogun Ojetade
“I’m gon’ drive the evil out and send it back to Hell, where it belong!” – Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman: Freedom fighter. Psychic. Soldier. Spy. Something…more. Much more.
In “MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Book 1: Kings * Book 2: Judges)”, the author masterfully transports you to a world of wonder…of horror…of amazing inventions, captivating locales and extraordinary people.
In this novel of dark fantasy and Steamfunk, Harriet Tubman must match wits and power with the sardonic John Wilkes Booth and a team of hunters with powers beyond this world in order to save herself, her teenaged nephew, Ben and a little girl in her care – Margaret. But is anyone who, or what, they seem?
The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman: Freedonia by Balogun Ojetade
Set in Freedonia – author Milton Davis’ world, brought to life in the “Steamfunk!” anthology and fully realized in the Steamfunk novel, “From Here to Timbuktu” – Harriet Tubman and her friend and rival, “Stagecoach” Mary Fields, chase agents of the vengeful Alchemist out of their world and into another, in which Frederick Douglass and a quite different Harriet Tubman govern a country of former enslaved Africans that rivals – and often bests – the United States, England and France in power and technology.
Harriet must fight to stop a powerful alliance of British and American soldiers and the elite and fearsome Hwarang warriors of Joseon (“Korea”) from invading Freedonia. But a wicked force from Harriet’s world has come to destroy Freedonia and all it stands for.
Will Harriet and her allies be able to stand against it?
Redeemer: The Cross Chronicles by Balogun Ojetade
Ezekiel Cross is handsome, strong, intelligent and he is a cold blooded killer.
For most of his life, Ezekiel has been a killer, trained from a young age to enforce the whims of his boss. But Ezekiel is tired – tired of the lies to his wife, Mali; tired of not having the normal life he craves. He longs for the day that he can hang up his guns and live a normal life with his wife Mali. So he decides to end his career as a professional assassin; to hang up his guns and raise a family.
But the life of a killer is never his own. Ezekiel is called to do one last hit, but instead of closing the deal he finds himself a target. He’s sent back in time in what is meant as an experiment as well as punishment.
Initially distraught, he decides to change his fate by saving himself and his family from the events that led him to a lifetime of crime. Along the way, he meets some of the coolest, sexiest, deadliest and craziest characters to ever grace the pages of a book and ultimately finds himself in a situation that could change his life forever…or end it.
This Special Edition includes the expanded alternate story, Redeemer: Glitch.
Once Upon A Time in Afrika by Balogun Ojetade
An exciting Sword and Soul tale by Balogun Ojetade, Once Upon a Time in Afrika tells the story of a beautiful princess and her eager suitors.
Desperate to marry off his beautiful but “tomboyish” daughter, Esuseeke, the Emperor of Oyo, consults the Oracle. The Oracle tells the Emperor Esuseeke must marry the greatest warrior in all Onile (Afrika).
To determine who is the greatest warrior, the Emperor hosts a grand martial arts tournament inviting warrior from all over the continent.
Unknown to the warriors and spectators of the tournament a powerful evil is headed their way.
Will the warriors band together against this evil?
The Scythe by Balogun Ojetade
He has been given a second chance at life. A second chance at revenge. He is the bridge between the Quick and the Dead. He is…THE SCYTHE!
Out of the tragedy of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, a two-fisted hero rises from the grave!
Inspired by the pulp magazines of the 1930s and 1940s, a tale of action, adventure, thrills and chills await fans of Dieselpunk, die-hard pulp fans and readers who just love a gritty story that packs a mean punch.
Enter a world in which Gangsters, Flappers, vampires, robots and the Ku Klux Klan all roam the same dark back streets; a world of grit, grime and grease; a world of hardboiled gumshoe detectives and mad scientists; a world where magic and technology compete for rule over the world.
Dieselfunk has emerged in The Scythe…and the Roaring Twenties will never seem the same!
A Single Link by Balogun Ojetade
“A Single Link NEVER Breaks!”
After suffering a brutal rape at the hands of a martial arts champion, Remi “Ray” Swan decides that, to gain closure and empowerment, she must face her attacker in the first professional fight between a man and a woman.
Join Ray in this powerful, two-fisted adventure as she fights, not just for herself, but for all who have suffered at the cruel hands of those who would wreak pain, oppression, injustice and death!
Step into the cage, where action, adventure, bone shattering fights, and a touch of romance await you!
Wrath of the Siafu by Balogun Ojetade
The near future…
A young genius is gunned down brutally by the police.
Remi Swan – our hero from the hard-hitting Action-Adventure novella, A SINGLE LINK – fights to defend the little boy and herself.
She is arrested, imprisoned, forced to fight and infected with an experimental virus that turns women into raging monsters…or worse.
Possessed with incredible – and scary – new abilities, Remi sets off a war against a system that has long brutalized Black people. A war that, alone, she might not be able to fight, but now she is backed by an army…a powerful and deadly force of her own making.
Now, that brutal system will suffer the…
WRATH OF THE SIAFU!
Fist of Africa by Balogun Ojetade
Nigeria 2004 … Nicholas ‘New Breed’ Steed, a tough teen from the mean streets of Chicago, is sent to his mother’s homeland – a tiny village in Nigeria – to avoid trouble with the law. Unknown to Nick, the tiny village is actually a compound where some of the best fighters in the world are trained. Nick is teased, bullied and subjected to torturous training in a culture so very different from the world where he grew up.
Atlanta 2014 … After a decade of training in Nigeria, a tragedy brings Nick back to America. Believing the disaffected youth in his home town sorely need the same self-discipline and strength of character training in the African martial arts gave him, Nick opens an Academy. While the kids are disinterested in the fighting style of the cultural heritage Nick offers, they are enamored with mixed martial arts. Nick decides to enter the world of mixed martial arts to make the world aware of the effectiveness and efficiency of the martial arts of Africa.
Pursing a professional career in MMA, Nick moves to Atlanta, Georgia, where he runs into his old nemesis – Rico Stokes, the organized crime boss who once employed Nick’s father, wants Nick to replace his father in the Stokes’ protection racket. Will New Breed Steed claim the Light Heavyweight title … Or will the streets of Atlanta claim him?
The Keys by Balogun Ojetade
Pyramids – located all over the world, among different cultures and nations – are actually portals that allow teleportation between them. For thousands of years, there was peace between nations; there was exchange of knowledge and culture and all of the pyramid cultures worldwide advanced because of it. But the peace soon shattered and the world was cast into the bloodiest and most costly of wars.
At the same time, the Iberian Empire, led by Infante (“Prince”) Henry the Navigator, attacked the Aztec Empire. Henry, the Navigator believed the legendary Christian kingdom of Prester John (“Presbytu Johannes”) to be the Aztec Empire’s Nueva Guatemala de la Asuncion (now called Guatemala City). He wanted to find the kingdom and achieve immortality and would murder the world if it meant achieving his goal. The Aztec allied with the powerful Oyo Empire of West Africa and together they defeated Henry the Navigator and his monstrous army and restored a fragile peace to the world, deactivating the power of the world’s pyramids until humanity was once again ready to use their power responsibly.
Two gods – one Oyo and one Aztec – were placed into a deep sleep within the bloodlines of two warrior families from the great Oyo-Aztec Alliance. These gods, lying dormant within two unwitting teenagers known as The Keys, are to awaken only when the world – and the gods’ teenaged hosts – is ready.
YOU choose to be one of the two heroes of the story: Jordan Drummond, college basketball phenomenon and math genius; or Theresa “Terry” De Fuego, self-proclaimed “extreme journalist.” YOU battle the forces of evil and maybe even save the world! YOU decide your destiny… for YOU are the Hero!
The Rococoa Anthology by Balogun Ojetade
Where Sword and Soul ends and before Steamfunk begins, there is the Age of Spring Technology and Clockwork.
Imagine an alternate universe where chronomancer Benjamin Banneker crafts a world of automatons, clockwork airships and other marvels; where Nat Turner leads a rebellion, killing hordes of vampire slave owners; where the pirate queen, Black Pitch Pauline joins Jean-Jacques Dessalines in defeating Napoleon during the Haitian Revolution. Think Three Finger’d Jack; the pirate, Black Caesar; the Black Count, Nat Turner, and the Stono Rebellion…THAT is Rococoa!
Fourteen masters of speculative fiction have taken a new genre, embraced its established themes and refashioned them in surprising ways and settings. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.
The Afrikan Warriors’ Bible (nonfiction) by Balogun Ojetade
The long-awaited sequel to Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within!
This book expands on the first, teaching the reader advanced techniques and principles that aid in the awakening and discovery of their Warrior within.
This book applies the FTP/RBG Codes of Conduct to the lives and methods of REAL Afrikan Warriors and Revolutionaries.
If you consider yourself a Warrior, read this book!
And remember: Revolutionary WILL, without Revolutionary SKILL, will get a Revolutionary KILLED!
The Young Afrikan Warriors’ Guide to Defeating Bullies & Trolls (nonfiction) by Balogun Ojetade
Bullying is a widespread problem that affects thousands of teens of Afrikan descent throughout the Diaspora. Victims of bullying battle depression, anxiety, insecurity, and fear. Sadly, some victims internalize their frustration by harming themselves or become bullies as well. But if adults and our youth agree that bullying is so devastating, why does it continue? Most importantly, how can it be stopped?
The Young Afrikan Warriors’ Guide to Defeating Bullies and Trolls addresses these and many other questions about a major issue for children, young adults and their families.
This one-of-a-kind book uncovers the social pressures and individual choices that lead to violence and provides techniques, tips and tactics for youth, parents and teachers to employ that can pave the way for social action and even save lives.
The knowledge, experiences and methods found within The Young Afrikan Warriors’ Guide to Defeating Bullies and Trolls will not only teach children and young adults to protect themselves and to think critically about bullying but will also empower them to change both themselves and the circumstances that foster abuse in their schools and their communities.