Category Archives: Guest Author

Join our #blerdbookclub live Twitter chat for #LongHidden guests w/ Rose Fox and Daniel Older July 6th at 4:00pmEST! #JuneReads

Long Hidden front book coverHey there peeps! We are excited to introduce one of our reading selections for #JuneReads,  Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (publ. Crossed Genres) edited by Rose Fox  and Daniel Josè Older!

We are delighted to announce Rose Fox and Daniel Jose Older, will be our chat guests during our LIVE Twitter discussion for Long Hidden, Sunday, July 6th at 4:00pm EST!

Long Hidden is an anthology featuring 27 speculative fiction stories from authors including Tananarive Due, Nnedi Okorafor, Ken Liu, Lisa Bolekaja, and Sofia Samatar. In addition, the stories feature some amazing art illustrations all made possible after the success of the anthology’s Kickstarter project.

an Excerpt from Long Hidden‘s website:

There is a long and honorable legacy of literary resistance to erasure. This anthology partakes of that legacy. It will feature stories from the margins of speculative history, each taking place between 1400 and the early 1900s and putting a speculative twist—an element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the unclassifiably strange—on real past events.

How to participate in the LIVE Twitter discussion: 

On Sunday, July 6th at 4:00pm EST use the Twitter hashtag: #blerdbookclub to join in the discussion of Long Hidden with our readers and chat guests. If you can’t make the discussion, post your questions for our guests in the comments below and we’ll include them in the live Twitter chat discussion. Our Twitter discussion will be curated via Storify.

To read more about Long Hidden, its contributing authors and illustrators, and how the project came together, visit Long Hidden’s website and check out Black Girl Nerds’ podcast interview with editors Rose and Daniel on Blog Talk Radio.

This is one of our reading selections for June. Read more about our #JuneReads here. Connect with us on Twitter: @blerdbookclub and Goodreads [search: blerdbookclub]


My Soul To Keep by Tananarive Due, our featured guest for our #blerdbookclub chat happening in April

We have some exciting news! We have selected My Soul To Keep by Tananarive Due as our book reading for March and Tananarive Due will be our featured guest author during our #blerdbookclub chat for My Soul To Keep in April! So, mark your calendars for Sunday, April 6th at 4:00pm EST.

*cues happy dancing moment*

My Soul To Keep is the first book in the African Immortals series. Excerpt from the book’s description from Amazon: (no spoilers!)

 When Jessica marries David, he is everything she wants in a family man: brilliant, attentive, ever youthful. Yet she still feels something about him is just out of reach. Soon, as people close to Jessica begin to meet violent, mysterious deaths, David makes an unimaginable confession: More than 400 years ago, he and other members of an Ethiopian sect traded their humanity so they would never die, a secret he must protect at any cost. Now, his immortal brethren have decided David must return and leave his family in Miami. Instead, David vows to invoke a forbidden ritual to keep Jessica and his daughter with him forever.

Participating in our #blerdbookclub guest chats on twitter is easy. Read My Soul To Keep by Tananarive Due for March’s reading selection, then join us on twitter on  Sunday, April 6 at 4:00pm EST via the hashtag #blerdbookclub to chime in with your thoughts and chat with our guest and fellow readers during the discussion.

The book poll for our regular monthly (non-featured guest chat) reading is now open! Be sure to check into Goodreads to cast your vote for our book club reading selection for March! The voting ends March 1st.

March voting is now closed. The chat schedule for March is up!

Happy readings!

Update! Our Storify from this discussion is available here



Recap: #blerdbookclub chat for ‘How To Be Black’ with guest Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO and co-founder of Cultivated Wit, and author of How To Be Black. We were thrilled to have him as our guest author during our monthly book club chat for How To Be Black – our reading selection for January!

During our chat Baratunde shared a musical playlist, elaborated on what inspired him to pen How To Be Black, his favorite authors, finding and pursuing his passions and what his believes is next for the Future of Blackness.

If you missed the discussion (whomp! whomp! Just kidding  :~) Check out our Storify of the discussion for How To Be Black below:

Happy Readings!

#blerdbookclub chat with Guest Author: Kiese Laymon author of Long Division

We are excited to announce that Kiese Laymon (@kieselaymon) author of debut novel Long Division will be our guest during the live #blerdbookclub chat on twitter January 5th at 4:00pm (EST).

Say what, what?! Yes, that’s right!

 Long Division is one of our book club reads for December. In summary (no spoilers, promise!) the novel is set in Mississippi and interweaves two stories set in different eras (1985 and 2013) that both revolve around two characters named, City Coldson. Hold up. Do I detect a time travel, and element of Science Fiction in this novel? Maybe. Read more about Kiese Layman via his website here.

The weekend is almost upon us so I’m definitely looking forward to some rest, relaxation and swan diving into a good book!

Have you read or picked up a copy of Long Division? If you have any questions you would like us to ask Kiese Laymon during the #blerdbookclub chat, leave them in the comments below or tweet/DM  to  @blerdbookclub.

Happy readings!