True South Books is a great community bookstore. It is like an old-fashioned bookstore; the owner, Monroe Brown, talks to his customers and helps them find the books they are looking for. He says their motto is “True South Books–Discovering and reclaiming who we are.”

He has hundreds of books stacked to the ceiling. You can find books about ancient African history to modern-day events. In the store are writers from Frantz Fanon and Amos Wilson to Marimba Ani and Iyaluua and Herman Ferguson.

Brown also holds lectures and meetings at his store in Bed-Stuy. Last year, he held classes in writing application letters to college for students about to graduate and lessons in Mandarin.

His September and October programs, which he has just announced, include a lecture by Abdullah H. Abdur-Razzaq on preserving the legacy of Malcolm X, on Monday, Sept. 10; professor Yaa-Lengi on “The State of the Congo: How it Challenges African People Worldwide”; Dr. Jack Felder on “African People and European Holidays”: and Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow.”

There are so many really good lectures planned, and the space is very small and comfortable. The fee is only $10 for each event.

True South Books is located at 492 Nostrand Ave. at Halsey Street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. You can take the A or C to Nostrand Avenue and walk three short blocks to get there.

For more information, call (347) 425-7330.