The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

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For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth. Gucci Mane began writing his memoir in a maximum-security federal prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive—a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.

Born in rural Bessemer, Alabama, Radric Delantic Davis became Gucci Mane in East Atlanta, where the rap scene is as vibrant as the dope game. His name was made as a drug dealer first, rapper second. His influential mixtapes and street anthems pioneered the sound of trap music. He inspired and mentored a new generation of artists and producers: Migos, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Zaytoven, Mike Will Made-It, Metro Boomin.

Yet every success was followed by setback. Too often, his erratic behavior threatened to end it all. Incarceration, violence, rap beefs, drug addiction. But Gucci Mane has changed, and he’s decided to tell his story.

In his extraordinary autobiography, the legend takes us to his roots in Alabama, the streets of East Atlanta, the trap house, and the studio where he found his voice as a peerless rapper. He reflects on his inimitable career and in the process confronts his dark past—years behind bars, the murder charge, drug addiction, career highs and lows—the making of a trap god. It is one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of music.

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is a blunt and candid account—an instant classic.

Appearances

September 1, 2017 11:30 AM Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.

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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.

 

 

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

Book Con 2017

 

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BookCon is another awesome event by ReedPOP. ReedPOP also runs BookExpo, New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Emerald City Comicon, Star Wars Celebration, Penny Arcade Expo and more.  As much as we’d like to have BookCon in Belle’s library, BookCon is held at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. The Javits Center is located at 655 West 34th Street.

Purchase tickets here.

Featured Authors

Daniel Jose Older (Shadowshaper)

Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series)

Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales (a Spider-Man Novel)

Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Kwame Alexander (The Crossover)

Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey

As a hit man from the time he was very young, money, women, and danger have always ruled Gideon’s life; but for the first time, it’s taking its toll. Neither Gideon nor the city of Buenos Aires has recovered from the mayhem caused during Gideon’s last job. But before the dust has settled and the bodies have been buried, Gideon calls in backup—including the lovely Hawks, with whom Gideon has heated memories—to launch his biggest act of revenge yet . . . one he believes will destroy his adversary, Midnight, once and for all.

Yet taking down Midnight’s team isn’t so clear cut thanks to two dangerous women: the alluring—and married—Caprica Ortiz, keeper of many secrets, and the ruthless and power-seeking Senorita Raven, Midnight’s second in command. Is it possible that Midnight’s downfall will come from the inside, or will Gideon finally meet his match?

Dickey’s new novel stirs up a whirlwind of sex and violence that spans the globe . . . and leaves no moral boundary uncrossed.

 

Appearances

April 18, 2017 | 7:00 PM | 4327 Degnan Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90008

April 19 2017 | 6:00 PM | 2225 Georgia Ave NW | Washington, D.C. 20059

April 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM | 2692 Madison Rd| Cincinnati, OH 45208

April 21, 2017 | 7:00 PM | 164 Forum Dr | Columbia, SC 29229

April 23, 2017 | L.A. Times Book Festival | http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

April 24, 2017 | 7:30 PM | 1005 W. Burnside St. | Portland, OR 97210

April 29, 2017 | 2:30 PM | 520 Minnesota Avenue | Kansas City, KS 66101