In honor of Black History Month and Hill Top’s annual Comic Con (this Saturday!), here’s a new addition to our comics and graphic novel collection by award-winning African- American television director and author, Eric Dean Seaton, called Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 1. This action-packed adventure series follows Elijah Alexander, an ambitious New York City Assistant District Attorney, who learns that he is the last of the Mantamaji, an ancient race of warrior-knights who protected humanity from evil. Sydney Spencer is a brilliant detective chasing a mysterious gang that nobody else believes exists. Naturally, their worlds collide as both are drawn into an epic war with the fate of the world in the balance. Just like our world, the world of comics is becoming increasingly diverse, with women and people of color taking leading roles – and that’s a good thing. In Seaton’s words, books like these prove that “Everyone can be a hero.” Check out the display in the Hill Top library for a selection of awesome contemporary comics as you get your Comic Con on.
Today’s featured library book is March: Book Three, the recently released concluding volume of the graphic memoir trilogy by John Lewis, co-authored by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. The trilogy tells the riveting true story of Congressman Lewis’ fight for justice alongside civil rights heroes like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The book is a finalist for YALSA’s 2017 Nonfiction Award. Check it out!
Yesterday was like Christmas in the library…a new box of books came in. That’s one of the fun things about being a librarian. I have to order books on a regular basis and it’s still so exciting to me every time a new box arrives.
One of those books was an finalist for YALSA’s Non-Fiction Award this year. Courage Has No Color is the story of America’s first black paratroopers. I haven’t read it yet, but the story sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to dive into it (although both the audio book and the print book have already been checked out…if you want to be on the waiting list, let me know…I’ll even put you ahead of me!).
For Black History Month, I thought I’d focus on some African-American authors. One of my all-time favorites is Christopher Paul Curtis.
Luther T. Farrell is under the rule of his mother, a.k.a. The Sarge. He does a lot of work at the slum housing and group homes that she owns. At 15, he’s got a fake driver’s license because he’s expected to drive the group home residents around. Meanwhile, he’s got to defend his science fair title against someone with whom he might be in love and his mom is making him share a room with a strange old guy known as Chester X. Luckily, his best friend, Sparky, has a plan to get them out of Flint once and for all. But how much do you think you trust a guy named Sparky to come up with a really good plan?
I love this book. Curtis is funny and witty and draws truly believable and relatable characters. I discovered this book after finding it in Unshelved’s Book Club. (Unshelved is where I get a lot of my library themed t-shirts.)
And if you try it and like it, he’s got a few other really good books as well.