Spring has "sprung" here in the South and it's hard to believe that we're nearly halfway through 2016. Where did the time go?   

If you're in the area, please join us this Friday (May 20th) in Atlanta, GA at Charis Books and More for the next stop on the Lez Talk Book Tour. Claudia Moss, Lauren Cherelle, and Krystal A. Smith will be reading and signing copies of the anthology, so be sure to stop by to chat with some of your favorite Black lesbian authors. 

In case you missed it, Lez Talk was reviewed in Curve Magazine and its Australian sister magazine LOTL a couple of weeks ago. We are so pleased that Lez Talk is reaching so many lesbian communities.  If you enjoyed Lez Talk, or even if you didn't, please consider writing and posting a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or even on your blog. We'd love to hear what you think of the book.

Love and solidarity,
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BLF Press
BLF Press News 

I am pleased to announce that BLF Press will be publishing Krystal A. Smith's first collection of stories, Two Moons: A Collection of Short Fiction. Fans of her recent work "Darker the Berry" and "Two Moons" will be excited to learn that this will be a collection of speculative fiction. Two Moons is slated to be released in June 2017. 

Here is a excerpt of a recent interview with Krystal:

Tell us about your upcoming title, Two Moons: A Collection of Short Fiction.

The stories in Two Moons are about finding your place in the world, finding your way, believing in and embracing the things that make you unique and amazing. Nothing is impossible in these stories.

When you’re not writing, what do you do for fun?

I’m usually reading with an animal snuggled up next to me. Or I’m spending time with people who make me laugh, people who get me. I love to laugh. Watching funny movies and videos or listening to funny stories is always fun to me. And music! I love listening to music. I've even tried to learn a few instruments (guitar, violin, piano), but I'm much better at listening than playing.

What cultural value do you see in writing speculative fiction?

Speculative fiction provides an outlet, I think, for people to see things differently. It encourages imagination and acceptance. I think we need more of that.

What part of the writing process do you most enjoy?

The most enjoyable part of writing for me is the re-writing. Getting pieces of a story that weren’t quite complete to come together. Making the words sound and feel more like what’s in my head or like what I’ve imagined. Because in the end I want readers to see what I see or as close to it as possible.

What kinds of books do you like to read?

I love good fiction, any story that I can get caught up in and be transported to a different world. I can devour books in the fantasy genre like Faerie Blood by Angela Korra'ti in one sitting. I also enjoy romance. I’m currently reading Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson. It's about conjoined twins Makeda and Abbey who have a demigod father. When the girls are separated Makeda loses her "mojo" and that causes some issues in the family. The book's magic and African/Caribbean culture caught my attention.

When do you write?

I write whenever, wherever I can. Sometimes during a lunch break, or late at night after work. I prefer to write in the morning before all the distracting noise starts. But the process is really just about getting the words down. When I focus on doing that it doesn't matter when or where or for how long I write.

Be sure to stop by Krystal's new website to see what she's up to. 

Lez Talk Books Radio

Have you listened to the LTBR show? Every other Tuesday Stephanie and Lauren chat with Black women writers about their work.  Listen to archived episodes on our YouTube channel.  Soon, you'll be able to download the show as a podcast on iTunes. We'll keep you posted. 

Our next guest is author and social worker V. Nikki Jones.  Her latest novella, Lyric and Blake, delves into the interior life of Astin Lyric Boyd, who self-describes as undefined. “I’m proud of my novella,” the author says, “because it adds diversity to youth-focused literature. This book is just one of many ways that I can influence a young person’s opinion. And, hopefully, it’s a positive opinion that will lead to interactions that help make their schools and communities better places.”

The show will air May 24, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. To listen live, visit
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