Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home by Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home


For two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. Not only was Samuelsson the youngest chef ever to receive three stars from the New York Times, he is also a five-time James Beard Award recipient, a winner of Top Chef Masters, and a judge on Chopped. Chosen by President Obama to cook the first state dinner, he is now a charismatic TV host.

In this book, the chef who former President Bill Clinton says “has reinvigorated and re-imagined what it means to be American” serves up the dishes he makes at his Harlem home for his wife and friends. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels—Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul. His eclectic, casual food includes dill-spiced salmon; coconut-lime curried chicken; mac, cheese, and greens; chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala; and for kids, peanut noodles with slaw. This is an inside glimpse into how one of the world’s top chefs cooks in his home kitchen for those nearest and dearest to him.



October 22, 2014 |7:00 PM|150 East 86th Street, New York, NY


Baltimore Book Festival 2014

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Sept 26-28, 2014
Fri & Sat: 12 – 8pm
Sun: noon – 6pm

Baltimore Inner Harbor 


The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

Featured Authors:

Reyna Grande

The Distance Between Us

Location: Literary Salon

Reyna GrandeReyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012 she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.
Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. Her latest book, The Distance Between Us, was published in August 2012, by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as “the Angela’s Ashesof the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

Tavis Smiley

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year (Sept. 2014)

Location: Literary Salon

Tavis Smiley

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley — broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist — has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk shortwaves Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily online radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on Blog Talk Radio.

His forthcoming text to be published in September 2014 is Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year. In the book, Smiley recounts the little known story of the denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s Black elite and militant youth, assaults on his character, ideology and political tactics — all of which MLK had to rise above in the final year of his life in order to lead and address the racism, poverty and militarism that threatens, even still, to destroy our democracy.

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Take This Man: a Memoir by Brando Skyhorse

Take This Man

When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, Maria, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw no reason for her son to live his life as a Mexican just because he started out as one. The life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin.

Through a series of letters to Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a stranger in prison for armed robbery, Maria reinvents herself and her young son as American Indians in the colorful Mexican-American neighborhood of Echo Park, California. There Brando and his mother live with his acerbic grandmother and a rotating cast of surrogate fathers. It will be over thirty years before Brando begins to untangle the truth of his own past, when a surprise discovery online leads him to his biological father at last.



Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:00PM
Washington, DC
Politics & Prose · talk/reading/signing

Sat Aug 30, 2014 12:00PM
Washington, DC
National Book Festival · talk/Q&A/signing

Wed Sep 3, 2014 10:00AM
Bloomington, IL
Illinois Wesleyan University · President’s Convocation

Have Lunch with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

September 14, 2014| 12:00 PM

The Williard Intercontinental Hotel

1401 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C.

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. With a candor and intimacy never before undertaken by a sitting Justice, My Beloved World(Knopf) recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench. Her extraordinary determination, intelligence and buoyant humor are evident on every page.

The Willard InterContinental celebrates its literary roots partnering with famed Washington DC independent bookstore, Politics & Prose on a series of teas and luncheons with notable authors and thinkers. The Series is a nod to the Willard’s literary history as the home away from home for such legendary writers as Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson and Julia Ward Howe. The Series is curated by Politics & Prose, DC’s premiere independent bookstore celebrating thirty years in 2014.

Tickets are $90 and include lunch in the Williard Room and an autographed copy of My Beloved World

Additional Signed Paperback: $17

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Get your copy here


September 9, 2014| 10:30 AM| Politics & Prose Bookstore

September 9, 2014| 7:00 PM| Politics & Prose Bookstore

*UPDATED*: Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir by Sheila E.

The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir


From the Grammy Award–nominated singer, drummer, and percussionist who has shared the stage with countless musicians and is renowned for her contributions throughout the music industry, a moving memoir about the healing power of music inspired by five decades of life and love on the stage.

Sheila E., born Sheila Escovedo in 1957, picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, inspired by her legendary father, percussionist Pete Escovedo. Two years later, she delivered her first solo performance to a live audience. By nineteen, she had fallen in love with Carlos Santana. By twenty-one, she met Prince.

The Beat of My Own Drum is both a walk through four decades of Latin and pop music—from her tours with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Prince, and Ringo Starr—to her own solo career. At the same time, it’s also a heartbreaking, ultimately redemptive look at how the sanctity of music can save a person’s life. Having endured sexual abuse as a child, Sheila credits her parents, music, and God with giving her the will to carry on and to build a lasting legacy.

Rich in musical detail, pop and Latin music history from the ’70s and ’80s, and Sheila’s personal story, this memoir is a unique glimpse into a drummer’s singular life—a treat for both new and longtime fans of Sheila E. And above all, it is a testament to how the positive power of music serves as the heartbeat of her life.

For what it’s worth, please know that I let out the loudest yassssssss when I saw this book!  I haven’t even read a single word but I’m going to go ahead and say that this is definitely #WorththeRead.  If anyone feel so inclined as to gift me a copy (before or after its release) I’d be much obliged!

*UPDATE*  I just received my eGalley for this book so I get a chance to read it out before the print edition comes out!



September 02, 2014| 6:00 PM97 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007

November 1, 2014| 6:30PM| 5604 Bay Street Emeryville, CA 94608

10th Annual Calvacade of Authors October 3-5, 2014


October 3-5, 2014| Chicago, IL

The event kicks off with a private dinner at the Grand Lux Café on Friday. Saturday, the tour bus takes attendees to the new India House Restaurant for a buffet lunch, then it’s off for shopping at Prime Outlet OR with the addition of a second bus–sightseeing at Navy Pier and DuSable Museum. Later on Saturday, the main event will be held at Room 43—a Mardi Gras party to celebrate the Cavalcade the same way it began–in true New Orleans style. The weekend ends with an inspirational Sunday Buffet brunch at Marriott Chicago Downtown on the Magnificent Mile.  This is the perfect event for book clubs and book lovers.


Registration Required


View the Schedule of Events Below


Friday, October 3, 2014

Reception with the authors at the Grand Lux Cafe (Late Registrants/open to the public)

VIP Dinner with the authors at the Grand Lux Cafe (VIPs only)

Late Night Chat with Dr. Joyce Brown

Late Night Chat with Martha Kennerson

Late Night Chat with Zuri Day


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Private Brunch at India House Restaurant

Bus 1 Shopping Trip

[**Bus 2: DuSable Museum and Navy Pier***]

PRIVATE VIP Dinner at Room 43

Mardi Gras Party at Room 43 with Stepping and Salsa Lessons by Jerome Montgomery, Jr.

Late Night Chat with Renee Daniel Flagler

Late Night Chat with Lutishia Lovely

Late Night Chat with Naleighna Kai


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Inspirational Sunday Brunch at the Marriott Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile

Host Hotel: Marriott Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile

*** with increased attendance, a second bus will be added


Register Here