>Okay – I’ve been missing in action, but with good reason. I was a the National Association of Black Journalists 30th anniversary conference. Sans laptop, so no blogging. But it was a pretty good conference. It seemed a little lighter on sessions than past gatherings, but the sessions that did happen were good. And lots of authors and book talk there. Seems a lot of journalists want to writer in longer form.
And yes, the National Book Club Conference was going on at the same time. No, I didn’t go visit over there – though it would seem like the right place for the BBB Editor. Just didn’t have the registration cash, or extra time. I hear really good things about the turnout and the vibe. Check out “Tayari Jones’ reports from the conference.
Here are a few links worth checking out:
A NYTimes story about Jill Nelson and her new book, Finding Martha’s Vineyard: African Americans at Home on an Island,. There’s also an audio slideshow.
She’s also featured in a story on the Boston Globe web site, which touches on issues of class as well as race and color.
Also in the NYTimes – a review of Israel on the Appomattox : A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom From the 1790s Through the Civil War, by Melvin Patrick Ely and The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves, by Andrew Levy, two biographies of American slaveholders who freed their slaves.
I know that’s been a real mixed up bag of links – but I’m trying to catch up. Thanks for the emails – I’ll be updating my links rail soon.