Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: A Sick Life

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins | A Sick Life: TLC 'n Me: Stories from On and Off the Stage

A candid memoir of fame, strength, family, and friendship from the lead singer of TLC

As the lead singer of Grammy-winning supergroup TLC, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins has seen phenomenal fame, success, and critical acclaim. But backstage, she has lived a dual life. In addition to the balancing act of juggling an all-consuming music career and her family, Tionne has struggled since she was a young girl with sickle-cell disease―a debilitating and incurable condition that can render her unable to perform, walk, or even breathe.

A Sick Life chronicles Tionne’s journey from a sickly young girl from Des Moines who was told she wouldn’t live to see 30 through her teen years in Atlanta, how she broke into the music scene, and became the superstar musician and sickle-cell disease advocate she is today. Through Tionne’s tough, funny, tell-it-like-it-is voice, she shares how she found the inner strength, grit, and determination to live her dream, despite her often unpredictable and debilitating health issues. She dives deep into never-before-told TLC stories, including accounts of her friendship with Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes and her tragic death. Tionne’s unvarnished discussion of her remarkable life, disease, unending strength, and ability to power through the odds offers a story like no other.

Appearances

September 25, 2017 at 7:00pm 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30 Los Angeles, CA 90036

October 9, 2017 at 7:00 PMRich Auditorium 1280 Peachtree St NE, ATL GA 30309 This is a ticketed event.

 

 

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Gabrielle Union: We’re Going to Need More Wine

Gabrielle Union | We're Going to Need More Wine One month before the release of the highly anticipated film The Birth of a Nation, actress Gabrielle Union shook the world with a vulnerable and impassioned editorial in which she urged our society to have compassion for victims of sexual violence. In the wake of rape allegations made against director and actor Nate Parker, Union—a forty-four-year-old actress who launched her career with roles in iconic ’90s movies—instantly became the insightful, outspoken actress that Hollywood has been desperately awaiting. With honesty and heartbreaking wisdom, she revealed her own trauma as a victim of sexual assault: “It is for you that I am speaking. This is real. We are real.”

In this moving collection of thought provoking essays infused with her unique wisdom and deep humor, Union uses that same fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.

Appearances

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM, SCADshow This is a ticketed event. 

Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM, 189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036

Writers @ The Wrecking Bar: Atlanta Noir edited by Tayari Jones

Writers @ The Wrecking Bar | Atlanta Noir edited by Tayari JonesA Cappella Books presents Writers @ The Wrecking Bar, a monthly fiction series at our neighborhood brewpub, The Wrecking Bar.

Join us and mingle with other fans of contemporary fiction each month, check out the Wrecking Bar’s own unique beer selection, wine and specially crafted cocktails, enjoy complimentary snacks, and meet and engage with some of today’s most celebrated novelists and short story writers.

Each program includes authors in conversation with local book critics, audience Q&A, and a book signing. The bar opens at 7PM, with the author conversation starting at 7:30PM.

Brand-new stories by: Tananarive Due, Kenji Jasper, Tayari Jones, Dallas Hudgens, Jim Grimsley, Brandon Massey, Jennifer Harlow, Sheri Joseph, Alesia Parker, Gillian Royes, Anthony Grooms, John Holman, Daniel Black, and David James Poissant.

Atlanta is one of America’s most dynamic and fastest-growing cities, with an increasingly diverse population. This volume honors the city’s transformation—albeit in a chilling manner—with a highly talented crew of contributors who know the city inside and out.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

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

 

 

Midwest Writers Workshop 2017

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The Midwest Writers Workshop offers informal contact with those key faculty members who can provide insight into the world of publishing as it exists today. These networking experiences, the manuscript evaluation scheme, the agent pitch sessions, the query letter critiques, the hands-on tutoring with social media, AND the class sessions will make the 2017 Midwest Writers Workshop, our 44th! – July 20-22, 2017 – a must for all writers.

We have continued the successful format of the past few years, with the workshop divided into two parts. Part I offers genre-specific Intensive Sessions. You may enroll in both parts, or choose just one.

Part II is filled to the brim with information on marketing and writing techniques that is valuable to writers of any genre. Participants in Part II also have the opportunity to send a 5-page manuscript to our Manuscript Evaluation Team, a 1-page query to the Query Letter Critique Team, or (free) consultations for social media or taxation for writers. And we’re also offering Professional Head Shots!

The 2017 MWW includes quality instruction by a faculty of authors, agents, editors, and specialists, plus the opportunity to meet other writers with similar interests.

IN THE COUNTRY WE LOVE: MY FAMILY DIVIDED by Diane Guerrero

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The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country Diane Guerrero, the television actress from the megahit “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin,” was just fourteen years old on the day her parents were detained and deported while she was at school. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in and helped her build a life and a successful acting career for herself, without the support system of her family.

“In the Country We Love” is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman’s extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US, many of whom have citizen children, whose lives here are just as precarious, and whose stories haven’t been told.

Written with bestselling author Michelle Burford, this memoir is a tale of personal triumph that also casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families likes the author’s and on a system that fails them over and over.

Appearances

May 7, 2016| 6:00 p.m.| Busboys and Poets 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, DC 20008

Hip-Hop Icon Darry McDaniels (RUN DMC) Graphic Novel: DMC 1.5

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It’s 1985 in New York City. Wildstyle graffiti covers subway cars as. B-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Koch is mayor. Drugs and crime rule the streets. A terrifying plague is brewing in the shadows. And as the populace loses faith in the police, a man named Bernard Goetz is being hailed as a hero for shooting four teenagers in a subway car.

In this 1985, however, the city’s brand new guardian angels wear spandex and capes, wielding their gadgets and their superpowers to clean up the City – even if their methods hurt more people than they help. There’s the deluded “graffiti king” Mr. Marx patrolling the tunnels; the dark moral crusader The Puritan who stalks the shadows of the Lower East Side; and above it all, the godlike Helios, darling of the Upper East Side and the NYPD. It seems like only some of New York’s residents are benefitting from these vigilantes’ protection. The rest whisper the name of another hero: DMC.

You see, in this 1985, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) never rocks the mic to become one of hip-hop’s most enduring icons. Instead, he dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defends the city’s marginalized citizens against super villain and super hero alike, leaving no traces besides the imprint of his knuckle rings on his opponents’ faces. (By day, though, he teaches junior high school English.) With the help of reporter Charlie Cooper and a band of graffiti artists led by the spunky Lak6, DMC must confront the new “heroes,” and investigate whether there’s anything behind their sudden appearance.

DMC, the inaugural title from Darryl Makes Comics, imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s NYC, and explores how we got to where we are now. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most.

Appearances

March 2, 2016| 5:00 PM |Forbidden Planet – Broadway. New York, NY.