The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride by Carl Weber

The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride

It’s been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he’s on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation.

Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, “between heaven and hell.” As the investigation into Tia’s disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.

Appearances

August 22, 2014| 7:00 PM| 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road Charlotte, NC

August 23, 2014| 1:00 PM| 121 Glensford Rd Fayetteville, NC

August 23, 2014| 7:00 PM| 5400 New Hope Commons Durham, NC

August 27, 2014| 7:00 PM| 240 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 

September 12, 2014| 12:00 PM| 555 12th St NW, Washington, DC 

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2014 African American Authors Expo, Maryland

This annual event, sponsored by Charm City Jazz and The Vendor’s Network, showcases a variety of African American authors and generally attracts hundreds of book enthusiasts.

Book lovers and local book club members are invited to participate in this free event. Everyone will have  opportunities to interact with the authors, hear interesting book talks,  and add lot of new books to their personal book collections.

Author Apperances Scheduled for Bernice L. McFadden

Bernice L. McFadden

 

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BERNICE L. McFADDEN is the author of eight critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honor awards from the BCALA. McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Appearances

Aug 8, 2014: Bernice L. McFadden – National Book Club Conference, Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel, Atlanta, GA

Aug 16, 2014: Bernice L. McFadden – African American Authors Expo, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Timonium, MD

Sep 19, 2014: Bernice L. McFadden – United California African American Bookclubs (UCAAB) @ DoubleTree Carson, Carson, CA

Sep 20, 2014: Bernice L. McFadden – United California African American Bookclubs (UCAAB) @ DoubleTree Carson, Carson, CA

Oct 23, 2014: Bernice L. McFadden – National Black Book Festival, Fallbrook Church, Houston, TX

 

This Light of our Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm-shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work of nine activist photographers-men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement. Unlike images produced by photojournalists, who covered breaking news events, these photographers lived within the movement-primarily within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) framework-and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made it happen.

The core of the book is a selection of 150 black-and-white photographs, representing the work of photographers Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama. Images are grouped around four movement themes and convey SNCC’s organizing strategies, resolve in the face of violence, impact on local and national politics, and influence on the nation’s consciousness. The photographs and texts of This Light of Ours remind us that the movement was a battleground, that the battle was successfully fought by thousands of “ordinary” Americans among whom were the nation’s courageous youth, and that the movement’s moral vision and impact continue to shape our lives.

 

Appearances

Stephen L. Carter Signing Copies “Back Channel”

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Stephen L. Carter’s gripping new novel, Back Channel, is a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction—a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the shoulders of a young college student.
October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are on the move. Planes are in the air. Troops are at the ready. Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring for war. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel”—a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk . . . but they’re careful not to tell her that.

On the island of Curaçao, a visiting Soviet chess champion whispers state secrets to an American acquaintance.

In the Atlantic Ocean, a freighter struggles through a squall while trying to avoid surveillance.

And in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen, one of the few black women at Cornell, is asked to go to Eastern Europe to babysit a madman.

As the clock ticks toward World War III, Margo undertakes her harrowing journey. Pursued by the hawks on both sides, protected by nothing but her own ingenuity and courage, Margo is drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire—and into her own family’s hidden past.

Appearances
July 30, 2014 | 7:00pm| 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
August 4, 2014| 7:00pm| 2289 Broadway NY, NY
August 5, 2014| 7:15pm| 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St Louis, MO
August 7, 2014| 7:00pm| 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO
August 13, 2014| 7:00pm| 5015 Connecticut Ave. Washington, D.C.

 

2014 National Book Club Conference August 8-10, 2014 in Atlanta

Aug. 8-10, 2014 at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead

For over a decade, the NBCC has been a literary paradise that continues to enrich, entertain and enlighten.  In 2014, the NBCC will once again produce the richest and most diverse group of authors.

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Authors Scheduled to Appear:

williamsZane  is the multiple NY Times best-selling author whose new must-read novel, The Other Side Of The Pillow releases onAugust 4th. Additionally, the movie version of Zane’s fantastic book, Addicted, will be released on October 20th.

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Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York TImes and USA Today bestselling author of 20 novels which include The Prodigal Son among others. She has sold more than 2,000,000 copies of her novels and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times and those in USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine.

 

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Award-winning journalists, the married team of DENENE MILLNER and NICK CHILES are two of the nation’s foremost chroniclers of American-American life, culture and celebrity. Both are New York Times bestselling authors who have co-written books with an impressive array of entertainers, artists and leaders in the African-American community.  In addition, Millner is the creator of the award-winning website, MyBrownBaby.com, which chronicles the joys and challenges of raising children of color.

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Gillian Royes, born and raised in Jamaica, shares the warmth of its people and her love of the Caribbean through the Shad mysteries. The first in the series, which is published by Simon and Schuster’s Atria Imprint, is The Goat Woman of Largo Bay, appearing in 2011, and the second is The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks, 2012. The central character throughout is the lovable Shadrack, a bartender, who works on Jamaica’s North Coast. Gillian lectures at the University of the Virgin Islands and commutes between St. Croix and Atlanta. http://www.gillianroyes.com

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Daniel Black is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, yet spent the majority of his childhood years in Blackwell, Arkansas. He is an associate professor at his alma mater, Clark Atlanta University, where he now aims to provide an example to young Americans of the importance of self-knowledge and communal commitment. He is the author of the outstanding books The Sacred Place, Perfect Peace and his most recent, Twelve Gates To The City, the much-anticipated sequel to his first novel, They Tell Me of a Home. http://www.danielblack.org

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The Other Side of the Pillow by ZANE Book Tour

The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica, Zane is back with a new novel about a testy love affair that emerges between a woman who’s had enough and a man who’s had it all.

Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her. So she decides to give up and join the party by adapting the entire “friends with benefits” mentality with a couple of men that she beds on the regular but refuses to hold any kind of real conversation with, in fear that she might actually catch feelings.

Everything is going according to plan until she meets Dr. Tevin Harris, a prominent vascular surgeon, one night at a poetry slam. Tevin listens to her deliver her male-bashing poem and instead of steering away from her like most men with any common sense would do, he asks her out. Tevin has been casually dating for years, ever since his failed marriage to Estella. They had suffered several miscarriages and the emotional pain had become too much for either one of them to bear and still wake up with each other every morning.

Opening up, gaining trust, tearing down barriers, and ultimately, having the audacity to love again is not easy for either Jemistry or Tevin. It takes a lot of transparency, emotional honesty, and patience to even begin to build a life together by helping each other rebuild what has been broken. The Other Side of the Pillow examines, explores, and exposes what it means to truly fall in love. It proves that true love stories do not have a happy ending. True love stories never end at all.

 

Appearances

August 7, 2014| 7:00 PM| 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA

August 8, 2014| 5:30 PM| National Book Club Conference| 3405 Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA

August 9, 2014| 10:00 AM| Neighborhood Awards (Ticketed)

August 13, 2014| 8:00 PM| 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL

August 15, 2014| 6:30 PM| w/James Causey 733 N. Eight St, Milwaukee, WI

August 16, 2014| 12:00 PM| 144 S. Clark Street, Chicago, IL