Author Edward Kelsey Moore has won the "First Novelist Award"
from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for
his debut novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
The award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first time fiction writer. The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) presents four prizes annually: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. Inaugurated at
the Second National Conference of African American Librarians in 1994, the BCALA Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.
Congratulations to Edward Kelsey Moore!
--Announced this week at the American Library Association's annual Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
The British trade paperback of Edward Kelsey Moore's The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat has been published by Hodder & Stoughton! It's in bookshops today in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The paperback has also found it's way to online merchants everywhere in Scandinavia and other countries of the EU, and at scattered sites in exotic locales like India, Russia, Japan, and Hong Kong. Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean are definitely making friends everywhere!! Tell your friends in distant lands that if they want a really good book this winter (well, it's summer in Australia) they can meet Edward Kelsey Moore's British "Supremes" right away! It's also available as an eBook. And here's a link to "Wish List," a brief Hodder Books newsletter with more on the novel.
Here in the midwestern U.S. this bitter, snowy winter has been extra challenging. It's lovely to see an image of something colorful and... anticipatory to raise one's spirits. Perhaps spring is not so far away! Click on the charming cover to see it larger.
All over the country and many times each month, book clubs are
gathering to talk about The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.
We’ve heard from clubs that meet at book stores, libraries, places of worship, senior centers, and the homes of friends and neighbors.
We’d like to express our gratitude to the readers from all these diverse clubs who have embraced the novel over the past several months and sent us excited email, or posted about their activities on their sites.
And a special thank you to the Go On Girl! Book Club for selecting
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat as their January 2014
Book of the Month. Here's a little bit about Go On Girl!:
Since our founding in 1991, more than 30 chapters in 13 states have been organized. Each chapter is limited to 12 members to keep each regular, monthly meeting intimate and manageable. Our members range in age from twentysomething to sixtyplus and they have varied professional backgrounds and personal interests. Go On Girl! Book Club is the largest national reading organization in the U.S. for black women.
We can't show you all the delightful pictures that we've received from club gatherings, since many are not posted publicly, but below are a few links to book clubs that have shared some particularly great photos on their websites.
This club in northern Maryland has been reading and discussing books for over 11 years. At their meeting for The Supremes at Earl's last year, the hostess put together a major dining event in her lovely home. You can find mouth-watering pictures here.
The Foodie Book Group is located near Seattle, WA. When they recently met to talk about
The Supremes, they were book-inspired to put together a meal with a funeral theme.
Their page (click here) also goes into a bit of detail on their discussion of the book.
The U.S. G.I.R.L.S. Book Club, founded in October 2004, in and around Jacksonville, FL,
also went into specifics about their meeting, scroll down this page to read about their
Supremes at Earl's event.
Finally, we’ve seen postings from three book clubs whose gatherings are open to the public, and who will be meeting (coincidentally) on February 4th -- the date when the U.S. paperback edition of The Supremes will arrive in bookstores across the country! If you happen to live in New York, Florida, or Indiana, and are near one of these club meetings, why not stop in and share some of your thoughts about the book? Everyone has something to say about The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat!
Angela's Book Club
Franklin Square Public Library -- Franklin Square, NY
'The Supremes at Earl's All You Can Eat' by Edward Kelsey Moore
Tues, Feb 4th, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:00
Click here for more info!
Brown Bag Book Club
Orange County Libraries -- Orlando, FL Public Library
Start Time: 12:15 PM - Magnolia Room
End Time: 1:00 PM
Description: Join us at 12:15 for a lively lunchtime discussion. 'Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat'
Click here for more info!
StoryLovers Book Discussion
Lake County Public Libraries -- Griffith-Calumet Branch, Griffith, IN
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm CST
Interspersing episodes from the past with their current lives, Edward Kelsey Moore's debut, 'The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat' is an utterly charming, often hilarious tribute to friendships. Register by phone or online.
Click here for more info!