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I am delighted to join the wonderful staff here at Black Issues Book Review. The warm welcome I've received let's me know I've joined a family. As an avid reader of BIBR since its premier issue, I jumped at the chance to work with such an important publication. Now, from our family to yours here's what's next On the Shelf.

Warm breezes, clear skies, and bright sunshine indicate that summer is near. The time will soon come for family reunions and vacations. It's also a time to relax and lose yourself in a good book. To get your summer started, go to Market Buzz where we feature six sizzling titles making their mass market paperback debut("Priced to Sell at $6.99" page 38). Our Parenting department presents a summer image not seen as often as it should be: Black fathers who are active in their children's daily lives ("Daddy's Here" page 76).

Houston A. Baker Jr. pays tribute to the late Washington, DC born poet extraordinaire, Sterling Brown, whose centennial will be celebrated in poetry circles around the world on May 1st. As always, we bring you the latest fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children's offerings, including our lead fiction review of Lalita Tademy's family saga Cain River, while Michael Datcher leads our nonfiction reviews with his moving memoir Raising Fences. On the Children's Bookshelf contributing writer and editor Samiya A. Bashir interviews author Jacqueline Woodson and discusses her expansion from young adult fiction to picture books. Woodson is also the recipient of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award for Fiction (page 78).

For all you new writers out there, we have something special. We provide insights on how to land a literary agent in our Self-publishing department on page 64. This issue's Rhythm & Books features rap legend Joseph "Run" Simmons of Run DMC. In addition to being an ordained minister, Rev. Run is now an author as well. See what the reverend is up to in "Still Running" (page 26).

As a book lover it is extremely gratifying to see the overflow of books that reflect the black experience come into our office each week. I sometimes wonder how we get through them all, but this is a great problem to have. The second half of 2001 promises to bring even more innovations in the publishing world. BIBR will be here to highlight these innovations for you, our readers. Your continued support has allowed us to expand our circulation and thus our accessibility to book lovers wherever they may be found. I welcome the challenge of continuing to bring you the best in African American literature, academic books, children's books, poetry, and more. Enjoy!

MONDELLA S. JONES

BIBR Senior Editor
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