Hue-Man Bookstore  
 
                 
                  END OF AN ERA
           HUE-MAN  CLOSING

                                      JULY 2012 
                    Our Final  Month of Fabulous Events                      in Our Old Home and An Open Letter                     to the Harlem Community
Greetings!

 

As Carol (my middle name) Burnette would say, 'we're so glad we had this time together, but now it's time for us to say so long'. Ten years of amazing friendship and camaraderie have gone by way too soon. On July 31, 2012, Hue- Man will close its current location. We all know that there is a season for everything under heaven and the season of "traditional book" selling has come to a close.  

 

When you do something for five hundred years and it works why change?  But change has happened and the publishing industry is experiencing a new reality.  Faced with tremendous social pressures to deliver the next big idea, celebrity books have become the interim hype, yet even that is not a sustainable model for an industry in turmoil. As stop gap measures run out, the industry will be forced to reconcile the future place of "real books" in their business models and with continuous rumble and tumult, new ideas will percolate on how to deliver that new experience to the new consumer of books.  No matter how apocalyptic the predictions are for the industry, it is my belief that books are here to stay in one iteration or the other. 

 

Closing the existing format of Hue-Man is forward thinking on our part and as we take pause to re-imagine the future of books and how to ensure that their purpose of entertaining, imparting knowledge and honing creativity is preserved, we find no viable alternative but to go back to the drawing board.  Closing our beloved bookstore, I assure you was a very hard decision for us. Yet, the confluence of events, changing landscape, the end of our lease and the international expansion of our vision, closing our physical location was the only sensible decision we could make. There is no way to re-imagine the bookstore of the future in our current space. To try to do so would be a stop gap and a waste of resources.  

 

In making this monumental decision we gave significant consideration to the community, and to each and every one of you. Loyal customers such as Ms. Phoebe, Ms. Campbell, Valarie, Saida, Brenda, Joe Morgan, Elinor Campbell and our sweet Jayden, kept surfacing in our hearts. After all, isn't community what a neighborhood bookstore is all about?  Suffice it to say we took solace in the gift we were able to give.  We will cherish the up close and personal experiences with so many amazing people, some of them no longer with us. People such as Erica Kennedy, Rodney King, E. Lynn, Slade Morrison, L.A Banks and veterans such as LeRoy Neiman, Rosa Guy, Manning Marable and Professor Derrick Bell are gone but gave us memories not soon forgotten. What a time we had!  What an amazing journey!  

 

So what next?  While we are figuring out our amazing bookstore of the future, I will be working on several projects which will focus on giving ethnic writers an advantage in the marketplace. We will continue to be involved in the publishing of books and will ramp up our agency services to writers and publishers alike.  Though we can not give you the future in a nutshell, we can tell you that on September 6th 2012 at 7:30Pm we will launch our new event format with Miami Heat Dwayne Wade.  Partnering with a state of the art facility we can begin to create the kind of multi-platform customer experience we've always imagined.   Stay tuned!

 

What you will be able to do Once We Close the Doors:

  • You can continue to buy online.....In fact,  for 3 months beginning Aug 1, 2012 we will be discounting our entire website offerings 30% or better. 
  • You can still reach us through facebook and twitter. 
  • You can continue to reach us at the same phone number and at the same website and e-mail address.
  • You will hear from us though our usual methods of communication.
  • You may continue to call us about hosting your events in new and exciting ways. 
  • You can hope we get the Chase Grant you so generously voted for us to win so that we can hasten our physical return.
  • YOU CAN GET DEEP DISCOUNTS ON OUR EXISTING INVENTORY WHICH WE NEED TO LIQUIDATE.

 What you will not be able to do:

  • Walk into Hue-Man and see our smiling faces...but you can smile at us when you do see us on the streets of Harlem and I'm sure you will hear our smiles through the telephone line.

So, above are two quite distinct ideas of book delivery. One is a re-imagined library in Columbia and the other, a bookstore of the future in Rome, Italy. Guess what we are doing later this August....taking a jaunt to see them both?  Maybe. In the meantime join us for our signature July Signings, with a wonderful  line up...Susan Fales-Hill, The Vice President of Ghana, and a spectacular closing event with the Cast of FELA! etc.....You know we had to have some light...camera...action. If you are in St Louis Aug 4 and 5 come see us at the St. Louis Expo and, if you are in the Vineyard, join Professor Ogletree's Charles Hamilton Institute event on Aug 15

 

In the meantime the re-imagined book art below reminds us that all greatness and creativity comes from knowledge often found in books.  We leave you with light and love.

 

Click the link below and travel with us down memory lane.   Until we meet again...you have all our love and respect,

 

The Partners and Staff of Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe

 

WATCH THE VIDEO OF OUR TIME TOGETHER

Time to Say So Long to Hue-Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY FEATURED EVENTS

JULY 9, OFFSITE
VICE PRESIDENT OF GHANA
INVITATION ONLY
 
JULY 12, 6:30-PM
CHLOE  + ISABEL JEWELRY  MEETUP 
Campaign for Children with Cancer hosted by
 SHERRIA COTTON

 

JULY 13, 6PM 

SUSAN FALES-HILL 
 
IMPERFECT BLISS
 

 

JULY 14, 4PM 

 

CHANEL COOPER SYKES
STILETTOS IN THE KITCHEN
 
JULY 22, 3PM 

CELEBRATE WITH THE CAST OF FELA AND  GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE SPECIALLY PRICED  TICKETS FOR ITS LIMITED RETURN  TO BROADWAY.  WE WILL GIVE YOU A SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE TO SIGN UP ON LINE  THAT N IGHT AS OUR SEND OFF  AND TRIBUTE TO YOU.   THIS IS ALSO HUE-MAN'S OFFICIAL GOING AWAY PARTY NIGHT

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JULY 25, 7:30PM OFFSITE 
 CHRISTELYN KARAZIN 
SWIRLING
How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture, and Creed     
Good Brother Productions in association with Serendipity Literary Agency LLC presents NIGHTS AT THE ROUND TABLE A monthly panel discussion and networking mixer.
 
This Month's Discussion - "Swirling", a discussion on interracial dating and mating, inspired by the book "Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture and Creed."
Panelists will be discussing the full scope and personal perspectives of interracial dating and marriage. Panelists include: Christelyn Karazin - Author of Swirling: How to Mate Date and Relate Mixing Race Culture and Creed Ron Worthy - CEO of blackpeoplemeet.com Abiola Abrams - Celebrity Love and Lifestyle Expert, Journalist Alex Barnett - Comedian The Panel will be moderated by your favorite FaceBook friend Marlon Rice!! Wednesday July 25, 2012 at:  
 
For My Sweet Garden and Event Space 1103 Fulton Street (between Classon Avenue and Claver Place) Panel Discussion starts at 7:30pm NIGHTS AT THE ROUND TABLE is FREE for EVERYONE Great Food - Drink Specials - Great Conversation
 
JULY 27, 6PM   RESHONDA TATE BILLINGSLY
THE SECRET SHE KEPT
AND
PAT TUCKER
PARTY GIRL


STORE CLOSING JULY 31, 2012

 

OUR JULY BUCKETLIST RECOMMENDATIONS

 
FELA!, the award-winning musical directed and choreographed by two-time TonyŽ winner, Bill T. Jones, returns to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement. Four weeks only! July 9 through August 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th Street @ 8th Avenue. 
A spectacularly inspiring and triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, Fela! is based on the life of Fela Kuti, who created Afrobeat - a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies - and mixed these sensual eclectic rhythms with simple but powerful lyrics that openly assailed Nigeria's corrupt and oppressive dictatorships. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs performed by a combined cast of the original Broadway production and the Royal National Theatre production. 
Save over 
$40
 on orchestra seating 
wh
en you use code 
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$79
 (reg. $122). 
Visit 
 and enter code 
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Call 212.947.8844 and mention code 
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Take this offer to the Hirschfeld Theatre box office, 302 W. 45th Street @ 8th Avenue. 
Performances: Mon & Tues 7pm|Wed 2pm & 7:30pm|Fri 8pm
Sat 2pm & 8pm|No performance on Sunday.

 












JULY 13, 6PM
SUSAN FALES-HILL  
IMPERFECT BLISS 

Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle-class, middle-age, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters--or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the aftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her PhD. All that changes when a "Bachelorette"-style reality television show called "The Virgin "takes Bliss's younger sister Diana as its star. Though she fights it at first, Bliss can't help but be drawn into the romantic drama that ensues, forcing her to reconsider everything she thought she knew about love, her family, and herself. Fresh and engaging, "Imperfect Bliss "is a wickedly funny take on the ways that courtship and love have changed--even as they've stayed the same.
SHANEL COOPER SYKES
STILETTOS IN THE KITCHEN: Stilettos In the Kitchen: A Modern Girl's Guide to Being A Domestic Goddess.
 
Stilettos in the Kitchen shows you how to be an extraordinary woman and reach an extreme level of happiness and success in every area of your life: From  starting your new business, finding a good man, making more money, having a flawless face and a 'bangin body, to buying your dream home... and of course having a closet full of Louboutins.  You're about to discover how you, too, can get your life together, make more money, find a good man, and be happy this year...

ReSHANDA TATE BILLINGSLY
THE SECRET SHE KEPT  

A national bestselling author spins an irresistible story of romance and faith that will touch every reader's heart. Successful magazine exec Lance Kingston urges his new wife Tia to seek medical attention, but he wonders if he can ever help his wife ...

AND PAT TUCKER
PARTY GIRL

After her car breaks down, Hope Reed accepts a ride from two neighborhood thugs. Later they are pulled over and arrested for a deadly convenience store robbery--and Hope is arrested too. An unforgettable novel, "Party Girl" asks the question: Is being at the wrong place at the wrong time reason enough to ruin your life?

 

 

RE-IMAGINED BUT ALWAYS THE SAME.  BOOKS ARE THE STEPPING STONE TO KNOWLEDGE AND THEREFORE POWER.   


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