Podcasts and Poems, February 2021

What’s been on Charles’s mind the past month? Click the link for the Thoughts on a String podcasts to find out!

What pearls of wisdom Charles has for us this time? Click to hear poems from his books.

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Posted by on February 26, 2021 in Uncategorized


Writers, Authors & More Interview 2003

The late, great Megan Willingham speaks with Charles in this interview in 2003 about his two books, The Depths of My Soul and The Voices of South Central. Charles shares a few poems from his books, describes his experience as a published author and a surprise guest joins Megan and Charles for the interview.

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Posted by on February 25, 2021 in Uncategorized


So, This is All The Thanks We Get?

It’s been nearly ten years since our departure from the North Bay area in California.

It’s been a good move, but there’s one thing that lightly offends us.

No mention of our presence anywhere online! (you know where to find us, of course!)

You would think, a major city such as, excuse me – what’s the name of that city again? – you think that city without a bookstore for years would have at least mentioned us once or twice. We even established our presence in a farmer’s market for crying out loud! Heard from a lot of folks who passed the time discussing politics, city issues, etc. Hardly any books sold by the same folks who stopped by to ‘pass the time’.

Even no one remembers our efforts during our time there. Wow!

Let this be a lesson to you future and present bookstore owners, be as loyal to your base as you hope they are (or in our case, were) to you.

You always tell when it’s just lip service and when their support is sincere.

Take care former city in the North Bay we set up shop in. See ya!

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Posted by on February 13, 2021 in Uncategorized


The Story of Shontell, Explained

From Thoughts on a String, 1/4/2018:

For those of you just tuning in…….

2018 has already started to be a year of hard choices and challenges. I should act as if I should care, but I really don’€™t. Whatever is going to happen will and whatever doesn’€™t, nothing to get excited about. It is all about the Storm, though…..

Let’€™s get to the main event; The Story of Shontell. This is a poem that is part of Storm over South Central, the anthology coming out this year. I’€™d like to share more of Shontell’€™s story and why it’€™s important for her tale to come out. You may state a Black man has no business writing about a young Black girl, but as a teacher who has met many Shontells over the years; this is very much my business.

As a ‘€˜conscious’€™ writer or as someone who writes about South (Central) Los Angeles, I must be honest and present the positive as well as the negative of what goes on in the neighborhood. In 2003 when The Voices of South Central was published, much of the poems I wrote about were a reflection of what I’ve seen, heard and experienced as a teacher, a volunteer counselor for my local YMCA, a resident of the community. So I know of what I write about here.

There is a Shontell in each of our lives. She’€™s faced so-called ‘€˜directionless dudes’€™ who left her nothing but a bloated belly and a newborn in their wake. The reality of writing ‘€˜conscious’€™ poetry is to touch on the subjects we’€™d rather not discuss or talk about. To keep them private as we celebrate Black Girls Rock and Black Girl Magic. Shontell may eventually have her day in the sun but as the poem will show, that day is a far off. We men have to be more disciplined when approaching a young woman like Shontell and display our gentleman-like qualities to them or better yet, practice before you approach.

Women want a real man, and when they say that from their lips, they want a man young or old, to have a depth of knowledge, able to speak clearly and concisely about what’€™s on our minds, to prove our passions aren’t restricted in our pants but rather what do we have to advance ourselves and hopefully a woman who takes a chance to build a life with us. It’€™s no mistake Black women are in the media doing big things now. It’€™s not because we Black men have failed, but there haven’€™t been many of us who tried and succeeded past the street-like attitude we’€™re content to remain in, our social quicksand, so to speak.

Of course, we Black men have heard this before along with the criticisms that devalue our worth in this society. This isn’€™t to place the blame squarely on those directionless dudes, but to acknowledge Shontell is in the predicament she’€™s in merely on her choices with the men she’€™s fooled around with. You and I make choices that affect our lives believe it or not. Whether or not we stand our ground or run away from those decisions depends on each of us. Shontell made her decision in the poem as you will find out. It is a life choice many of us rich or poor, Black, brown or white either has made or will make. The Story of Shontell is a poem that I hope book clubs, schools, libraries and readers will give great pause and consideration for discussion. It’€™s time we deal with the Shontells in our lives. Not to learn or criticize their example, but to take the time out and show them how much we love them without prejudice, to be by their side if help is needed.

(P.S. Here’s the poem)

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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Uncategorized


Thoughts on a String Podcasts #1

In July, Charles started his series of podcasts based on topics from his blog, Thoughts on a String These thoughts are Charles’s musings on the world we live in, plus an opinion or two of the state of the writing business. For this first entry, we present the first three TOAS entries: The Opinions Expressed….., Cancel Social Media, and Rely on Faith. We hope these musings provide food for thought as we enter into a brand new year.

For more TOAS and poetic content, be sure to subscribe to Charles’s YouTube channel.

The Opinions Expressed………..
Cancel Social Media
Rely on Faith
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Uncategorized


Last Poems for 2020

As we’re headed to the end of a very interesting year of 2020 A.D., here are a few selections of the poetic works of Charles L. Chatmon, our owner. You will see by the book covers of the following videos where the poems come from, plus a couple that are not published. Please take some time from your busy day to listen to these inspirational words. Happy New Year to all of you.

A Girl in a Woman’s Body – The Depths of My Soul
The Story of Shontell from the upcoming book, Storm Over South Central
The Story of The Homeless – from the upcoming Storm Over South Central
The Drug of Racism – unpublished poem
South L.A. is not What it Seems – unpublished poem
So You Wanna Be a Leader – The Depths of My Soul
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Posted by on December 31, 2020 in Uncategorized


This Week’s Picks

Selected books for December 11, 2020

Books featured are available in our bookstore.

Through The Fire…..journal of a child star

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Danielle Spencer

Once described by Entertainment Weekly to be “easily one of the best bratty siblings in TV history.”, Danielle Spencer describes her surreal transition from her life in New York City to Hollywood. With humor, she details her life and activities after the show What’s Happening ended, until she is met with a challenge that reveals her inner strength.

Streetz Gon’ Cry

Anthony Barrow & Tracey “Big Tray Deee” Davis

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West South Central itself is the size of most average cities. Overall, it is inhabited by doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, laborers and students. Interwoven within that fabric of citizens are die-hard gang-bangers, murderers and drug-dealers. Of this latter component, you have the King Crips and the Vernon Boys, who have an on-and off rivalry. Both sets have their vision locked on controlling the coke trade in the Crenshaw District. Notorious ride-or-die and hustler, Carter, from Vernon Boys is fresh out of the state penitentiary. During his absence, surreptitious acts of betrayal have placed his hood on the brink of implosion. Yet, Carter has returned with a plan and a purpose. With his mentor Wolf directing traffic from behind the walls of federal prison, Carter only needs to clean up his own backyard and then put the remainder of his pieces in their proper position in order to assume authority of the West Side’s illicit cash flow. Motivated by a deeper intent than mere ballin’ and flossin’, each of his executions are strategically calibrated to propel Carter and the Vernon Boys ahead of any and all competition vying for the top spot in the game. Will he survive long enough to realize his dreams?

Upon the Face of the Deep

Geri Chatmon

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“How many steps are required to discover the truth? Geri Chatmon has answered by chronicling her longtime pursuit of one of life’s most elusive necessities. First marching, then performing and now writing, her personal pilgrimage assists us all on our journey down the vital path to truth. For Geri, the first phase of pursuing truth was frontline activism. The rhythm of some of these writings mimic the tangible sounds of feet marching for civil rights and justice in the American south. Each step brought her, and now us, closer to the truth.

That’s it for this week! Please select the ‘Order it here’ link if any of our week’s selections interests you. We plan to make this a weekly feature with all of our books.

Be sure to visit us at to see all of our titles! See you then!

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Posted by on December 11, 2020 in Uncategorized


Our Inventory (First Post)

How many of you good folks are looking for a book to read this holiday season? Guess what? Here at Chatmon’s Books, we may have what you want. Just take a look at the few books on display here and if you don’t see anything you like, please visit our website at Chatmon’s Books. Make buying a good book for a friend or family member part of your end of 2020 plans. We hope you will check us out. Take care!

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Posted by on December 9, 2020 in Uncategorized


Books on Sale now!

Patience, Persistence, Perseverance and Positivity

Author: Herbert A. Brown Jr Paperback

Description: God called on Herbert A. Brown, Jr. to write this book. God blessed him with writing skills to communicate God’s word and will to the people during the current stressful economic times and turmoil in the world. As this is Herbert’s second published book Herbert again called on God to use him as a vehicle to reach as many people as possible who were distraught, discouraged, anxious and worried about the future. Herbert realized that so many people are “missing” something in their lives. Herbert called on God to use him as an instrument to communicate to these people that they need to possess the qualities of patience, persistence, perseverance, and positivity to live the blessed and abundant lives God intended for them. These qualities are paramount to living abundant and joyful lives. God loves us and wants us to enrich our lives with these qualities.

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Regulate! The Manual

Author: Clarence M. Allen

Description: Regulate! The Manual goes through the things in our lives where they are the most problems. There are adventures of what goes on in our neighborhood and cities all across America and the world. There is action, there are characters. Regulate! The Manual is also interactive. There are things for you to do as you regulate your way through life. There are tricks and traps inside of Regulate. Regulate! The Manual has covered the gangs, the gang members, the gang bangers, and the gangsters, racism, gays and lesbians and the status quo.

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My Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie: El Pay de Camote de mi Mama

Author: Kay Gibbie

Description: From Kay Gibbie, My Mama’s Sweet Potato Pie: El Pay de Camote de mi Mama is a bi-lingual coloring book for ages three and up.

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Posted by on November 28, 2020 in Uncategorized


Cherise Amber Charleswell: Real Talk Tips: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers and Suggestions

Up and coming author Cherise Amber Charleswell presents her debut book, Real Talk Tips: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers and Suggestions. Described as a “a non-traditional, sassy, and painfully honest self help guide and work book for the morally challenged and socially inept members of society”, Ms. Charleswell provides tips on hygiene, physical appearance, communication, the workplace, and money management.

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Posted by on November 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

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