Saturday, June 14, 2008

Azizi Books is IndieBound!

We are IndieBound!
IndieBound is a community-oriented movement initiated by the American Booksellers Association (ABA) that enlightens the world about the value of independent businesses and promotes those values that make indies unique. IndieBound brings together booksellers, readers, indie retailers, local business alliances, and others who believe that healthy local economies help communities thrive.

Read more about IndieBound.

As an independent retailer, I am very excited about this movement. With competition for consumer dollars higher than ever, consumers are now faced with an important choice. You may choose to take pride in your community by supporting local business, who support local economies, or not, and give your money to the national chains, sending more of your dollars out of your community, and possibly even the country. The ABA is bringing light to this situation through IndieBound by letting people know they do have this choice. There is great value that can be gained by supporting independent retailers.

Don't let globalization make your community obsolete, support IndieBound with your declaration today!

Sign the declaration

Declaration of IndieBound

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for individuals to denounce the corporate bands which threaten to homogenize our cities and our souls, we must celebrate the powers that make us unique and declare the causes which compel us to remain independent.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all stores are not created equal, that some are endowed by their owners, their staff, and their communities with certain incomparable heights, that among these are Personality, Purpose and Passion. The history of the present indies is a history of experiences and excitement, which we will continue to establish as we set our sights on a more unconstrained state. To prove this, let’s bring each other along and submit our own experiences to an unchained world.

We, therefore, the Kindred Spirits of IndieBound, in the name of our convictions, do publish and declare that these united minds are, and darn well ought to be, Free Thinkers and Independent Souls. That we are linked by the passions that differentiate us. That we seek out soul mates to share our excitement. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the strength of our identities, we respectively and mutually pledge to lead the way as we all declare that we are IndieBound!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Upcoming Book Signings at Azizi Books

It's June, finally the skies seem to be clearing up after some of the extreme weather we have had here in the south suburbs of Chicago. At Azizi Books we are gearing up for our summer of book events.

First up, Earl Sewell will be coming to our store Saturday June 14, 12:00- 2:00 PM. Earl will be signing his latest release, If I Were Your Boyfriend. This book is part of the Kimani Tru collection for young adult readers, he is also the author of Keysha's Drama. Earl is a resident of South Holland, another south suburb of Chicago, not to far from us here in Matteson.

Kimberla Lawson Roby will be coming to Azizi Books on Saturday June 28 2:00-3:30 PM to sign her latest release, One in a Million. For those of you who missed Kim Roby in our store in January, when she signed her novel from the Curtis Black series, Sin No More, come early, you don't want to miss her again!

Finally, L. A. Banks will also be coming to Azizi Books on Saturday July 12 from 3:45 - 4:45 PM to sign her latest books in the Vampire Huntress Legend series, The Shadows and The Darkness. She will also be signing Bad Blood, the first book in her latest series, the Crimson Moon Novels. L. A. Banks is the Essence Literary Award winner for Best Story Teller of the Year.

For more up to date information on upcoming events and book signings please visit the Azizi Books website at

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Bump That Rocked The News

It happened this morning, two days after Barack Obama became the presumptive democratic presidential nominee. I was watching the news and I saw a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama giving each other the fist bump. "What was that they just did?" the world asked. My first thought was, really is there nothing more to report? Nothing about the "Fist Bump" seem special to me. I was watching when Obama walked to the podium to make his speech on Tuesday, and thought nothing of it. Then I thought, oh wait, this is news to many because mainstream society has never really witnessed this (hard to believe but quite possibly true). Throughout the day news sources kept buzzing. Yahoo has reported that the "Fist Bump" has sparked big interest from major news sources trying to figure out and analyze the moment, and searches for pictures and video clips of the Bump soared.

I say, take a minute to consider.... what is next.

Barack Obama is the very first African American to make it so far in a presidential election. People are looking into Barack Obama's life with determination unlike the way they have looked at any African American's life. I mean, they are really paying attention because that is what you do to politicians, especially presidential ones. In doing so they are going to see aspects of African American culture that the mainstream Caucasian may have never noticed. So, I wonder, what is next? What is the next staple of African American culture to be noticed and analyzed by the masses.

Am I overreacting? Maybe. But I am not the one who took time out of the morning news to report this story. I am not the major news sources that had to ask MTV what the fist bump meant. So, maybe, I am not overreacting. Our society could be on the verge of a shift of cultural awareness. Only time will tell.

A Presidential Fist Bump