Thursday, December 1 2022

COVINGTON, Ky. – A Covington bookstore shines a spotlight on black authors every day during Black History Month in February, with exhibits showcasing the authors and literature that the owner said is a must for the list everyone’s reading.

“There have been stories and stories that have never come to the ground before,” said Richard Hunt, owner of Roebling Point Books and Coffee. “If we really think of unity as Americans, you have to look at the whole.”

Authors like Nikki Giovanni, Jasmine Guillory, Sharon Draper and others sit in prominent spaces of the store.

Emily Webster, book specialist for the store, said those voices are often not heard because black authors are not as well known or published as white authors.

“There are black authors that have been published but we just need to find them out so that they can have more fans, so people can see how much richer the literary landscape can be when we include all types of voice, ”she said.

The bookstore posts the featured black author of the day on its Instagram and Facebook pages, using #BlackHistory and #AmplifyBlackVoices.

“People are realizing that we are really not as well off when we are not making minority voices heard,” Webster said.

Some of the genres featured are fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, romance, and children’s books.


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