March 3 is World Book Day. However, National Book Month (and National Women’s Month) is also this month. National Book Month 2022 in Detroit is significant after Black History Month because of how we can connect what we have learned as we forge a future of more empowered black leaders.

Detroiters know the importance of spreading the true stories and talents of their community. Detroitsit has put together a list for you to support Detroit authors, poets, and a notable author in the black community to celebrate National Book Month 2022 in Detroit and World Book Day.

FACTS:

Studies in Switzerland have created a map that shows the most popular book genres in each country by looking at the Google search volume for each book genre in different countries, both in English and in their native language.

According to the study, classic books are the most popular book genre in English-speaking countries and are wanted in every state in the United States at about the same level.

Moreover, romantic, classic and poetry books are at the top of the list in terms of popularity among readers all over the world.

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WILLIAMS CRYSTAL

Looking for new Detroit books? Crystal Williams grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and Madrid, Spain. She is a poet and essayist with four collections of poems, the most recent Detroit as a barn, finalist of the National Poetry Series, the Cleveland State Open Book Prize and the Maine Book Award. His first two books, Close and Crazy, were published by Michigan State University Press in 2000 and 2002. Crystal Williams transitioned from theater to performance and poetry in New York City, where she became a regular at the Nuyorican Poets Café in the mid-1990s. earned a spot on the 1995 Nuyorican Slam team, which competed at the National Slam in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Click HERE to learn more about his work.

CHAKA SENGHOR

Detroit native and New York Times best-selling author Shaka Senghorto encourages men and fathers in a heartwarming and heartwarming biography + autobiography that shines a light on the negative stereotypes perpetually portrayed by the media. Senghor’s last book, Letters to the Sons of Society is a personal recognition that every man, especially black men, deserves to be told how important his role in fatherhood is. It is also a book to inspire his children to learn more about him, which ultimately reshapes how the future will see black men. This Black History Month in Detroit, we’re all for a hard-hitting story from a local. Click HERE for more information and to purchase the book.

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SHAWN BLANCHARD

Detroit native author Shawn Blanchard’s local company called Moguls Publishing & Design, published more than 250 books by African American authors during the pandemic. Black authors have low publishing statistics, but their work has shown an increase in demand, especially with digital distribution. In short, Shawn Blanchard with his team of experts takes strategic steps to help others own their voice by giving it the power it deserves. Click here for more information.

TONI MORRISON

Detroit authors are embracing their voices by learning from African American authors who have blazed the trail. All are still incredibly admirable today. Take time to appreciate the black community this National Book Month in Detroit. The flagship work of a legend of modern literature, Beloved chronicles the experiences of Sethe, an ex-slave living with her daughter in a house haunted by secrets. Sethe is held captive by the memories of her plantation; and when the arrival of a fellow slave heralds the mysterious coming of a woman who calls herself Beloved. Black History Month has just ended. Continue on the acquaintance with real depictions of slavery.

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