BookExpo America 2017 May 31-June 2, 2017

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BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers.

BookExpo culminates with BookCon, our two day Fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide.

 

2017 Author Breakfasts

Thursday, June 1 | Kenya Barris (Author: This is Basic Shit) and Jesmyn Ward (Author: Sing, Unburied, Sing)

Friday, June 2 | Jason Reynolds (Author: Miles Morales (A Spider-Man Novel), Long way Down)

 

Featured Guests

Terry McMillan

 

 

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2017 Savannah Book Festival February 16-19

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The Savannah Book Festival is an annual event, free and open to the public, in celebration of the written word and its role in improving the human experience. Our mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation.

 

Featured authors at this year’s festival include:

Colson Whitehead presents his a magnificent tour de force following a young slave’s journey to freedom in the antebellum South in, The Underground Railroad.

Alejandro Danois tells an encouraging true story of a high-school basketball team that gave a city hope, overcoming desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore, and producing four NBA players in The Boys of Dunbar.

Homegoing follows two half-sisters: one becomes a slave and the other becomes a wife to a British slaver. As they part ways, their paths unfold as Yaa Gyasi shows how captivity etches into the heart of both a family and a nation.

Imbolo Mbue‘s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, tells an unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a fresh start in New York just as the Great Recession begins to shake the economy and the American dream for many crumbles around them.

Pachinko, a novel by Min Jin Lee, follows a Korean family from the 1900s when a beautiful daughter has an unplanned pregnancy that shames the family, forcing them to move and make sacrifices to keep from social ruin.

Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind

Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

 

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange’s daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O’Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.

Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell’s unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

 

 

Appearances

October 14, 2014| 5:30 PM| 404 E Main St Charlottesville, VA 22902

October 15, 2014| 12:00 PM| 3522 Wade Ave Raleigh, NC 27607

October 15, 2014| 6:30 PM| 220 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312

October 16, 2014| 7:00 PM| 6718 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN

October 17, 2014| 7:00 PM| Margaret Mitchell House| Atlanta, GA

October 22, 2014| 7:00 PM| 2289 Broadway at 82nd St., NY, N.Y.

2014 Brooklyn Book Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014 10am-6pm (Rain or Shine)
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events are literary themed events taking place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries. The Bookends kick-off a full literary week with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances.
Authors Slated to Appear Include:
Ayana Mathis’s writing has appeared in Glamour, Redbook, and Martha Stewart Living, among other publications. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her first novel, was the second selection in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.
Zadie Smith is a British novelist, essayist and short story writer. As of 2012, she has published four novels, all of which have received substantial critical praise. 
Colson Whitehead is the author of the national bestseller Sag Harbor and the novels The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award and most recently, Zone One.
Terry McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1977, McMillan graduated from UC Berkeley and relocated to NYC. Ten years later, Mama became her breakout novel. McMillan won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award in 1986 for Waiting to Exhale, which was made into a movie that won seven Grammy Awards and an MTV Movie Award. Her most recent novel is Getting to Happy, the sequel to Waiting to Exhale.
K’wan Foye is a literary award winner and bestselling author of over a dozen titles. K’wan has been featured in Vibe, Pages, King, The Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Press, and Time Magazine, to name a few. K’wan was also the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Street Lit Book Award Medals (SLBAM) in adult fiction for Eviction Notice and Animal.

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:

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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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2014 Decatur Book Festival

The AJC Decatur Book Festival, August 29-31, 2014

 

August 29-31, 2014 in Downtown Decatur

The ninth annual AJC Decatur Book Festival is fast approaching!

Over Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of visitors from metro Atlanta and beyond will share the historic downtown Decatur square with world-class authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, booksellers, and artists for a weekend filled with literature, music, food, art, and fun.

Authors of Note Include:

Joe Barry Carroll is a seven-foot-tall NBA All-Star, wealth advisor, philanthropist, painter and author. Upon retiring from the NBA in 1991, Carroll relocated to Atlanta, where in 1993 he founded The Carroll Group, a wealth advisory company serving high-net-worth families.  Growing Up … In Words and Images is a different kind of memoir, one that captures the shared humanity of American families – aspirations, adventures, struggles, despair and triumphs – while shedding light on the life of a 21st century Renaissance man.

Pearl Cleage, an Atlanta-based writer whose first novel, What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick and spent nine weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.  Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs charts not only the political fights, but also the pull she began to feel to focus on her own passions, including writing — a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly (bought by Larry Flynt) to a playwright and Hollywood script writer, an artist at the crossroads of culture and politics.

Kevin Sipp is an award-winning fine artist, curator and writer with expertise in printmaking, painting, sculpture, and multi- media installation. The Amazing Adventures of David Walker Blackstone: Prologue is an initiate of various African and world indigenous mystical traditions. Having settled in Boston after fighting in the civil war, Blackstone secures a job writing about crime and spiritual matters for a Boston newspaper.

Dr. Akinyele Umoja is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University, where he teaches courses on the history of the Civil Rights, Black Power, and other social movements. Winner of the 2014 Anna Julia Cooper-CLR James Book Award presented by the National Council of Black Studies In We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, Dr. Umoja argues that armed resistance was critical to the Southern freedom struggle and the dismantling of segregation and Black disenfranchisement. Intimidation and fear were central to the system of oppression in most of the Deep South.  (Having worked with Dr. Umoja on several occasions and been privy to reading the book, I can definitely say this one is most certainly #WorthTheRead)

Miasha, is the author of several best-selling novels, including Secret Society and Diary of a Mistress.  her book shave received reviews in national media such as BEST, CBS, and Essence.  Swing, tells the story of Lyssa and Jacob, owners of the swingers’ club Puss and Boots.  They have been living an active swingers lifestyles every since their two children moved out. Roped with sultry scandals and lustful lies, the novellas will propel readers to their highest highs and drop them to their lowest lows.

View the complete list of authors here.

2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Shortlist Announced

 

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the six books shortlisted for the prestigious Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, awarded for the previous year’s best fiction and nonfiction books written for adult readers and published in the U.S. As part of an announcement and medal presentation event at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas in June, each winning author will receive $5,000 and the four finalists will each receive $1,500.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, (Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.) and Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat, (Published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc.) are both recipients.

The awards, established in 2012, recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year and serve as a guide to help adults select high-quality reading material. They are the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association and reflect the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. Nancy Pearl, librarian, literature expert, NPR commentator, and best-selling author of Book Lust, serves as chair of the awards’ selection committee.

The awards are made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York in recognition of Andrew Carnegie’s deep belief in the power of books and learning to change the world, and are cosponsored by ALA’s Booklist and the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Annotations and more information on the finalists and the awards can be found at http://www.ala.org/carnegieadult.