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

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#WorththeRead: New Releases for February

Ritual2017 is nearing a close, and it seems as if the world is about to end. Dogs are howling in the streets, birds are dropping from the sky, and all of a sudden the power goes out. Everywhere. In everything. Except for a few people, who seem to have prepared for this. And who clearly have an agenda all their own.

Neil Anapa is an NYC subway electrician. When someone blows up an army base, and the city’s power goes out, he finds himself dragged into a world of conspiracy and danger. Sandra Keane, his ex-girlfriend, seems to know something about what’s going on, judging from her strange phone messages, but she has problems of her own. And then there’s Lindsay Fonacia, a researcher who has just landed an intriguing new project—one that might yield age-old answers to the very calamities they’re facing, and to the plot Neil has become wrapped up in.

Can they figure out what’s going on and save the world—and themselves—from an ancient ritual and the people who seem determined to carry it out at any cost?

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LostTreasuresofR&B-currentProfessional bodyguard D Hunter takes a gig protecting rapper Asya Roc at an underground fight club in poverty-stricken Brownsville, Brooklyn. Unknown to D, the rapper has arranged to purchase illegal guns at the event. An acquaintance of D from the streets (and from the novelThe Plot Against Hip Hop) named Ice turns out to be the courier.

During the exchange a robbery is attempted. Ice is wounded. D gets Asya Roc to safety but is then chased by two gunmen because he has the bag containing the guns. This lethal chase ends under the elevated subway where D and the two gunmen run into a corrupt detective named Rivera. A bloody shootout ensues.

D, who has just moved back to Brooklyn after decades in Manhattan, finds himself involved in multiple mysteries. Who were the gunmen? Why were they after the guns? Who was being set up—Asya Roc or Ice? Meanwhile, he gets a much-needed paying assignment to track down the rarest soul music single ever recorded.

With gentrifying Brooklyn as the backdrop, D works to unravel various mysteries—both criminal and musical—while coming to terms with the failure of his security company and the ghosts of his childhood in “old Brooklyn.” Like its predecessors The Accidental Hunter and The Plot Against Hip Hop, The Lost Treasures of R&B uses pop music as the backdrop for a noir-flavored big-city tale.

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Author Apperances Scheduled for 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

 

Author Apperance: Katia D. Ulysse and Tiphanie Yanique

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 July 22, 2014| 6:30pm| 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 

In Drifting, her debut collection of interlinking stories, Katia Ulysse follows the private lives of four secretiva Haitian families whose hopes for distant success are constantly challenged by the hard realities of the immigrant journey. Ulysse, a native of Haiti, lives in Baltimore. Her stores have appeared in Haiti Noir, Brassage, and other anthologies.

Tiphanie Yanique’s debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning, chronicles three generations of the Bradshaw family in the Virgin Islands: stories of magic and lust, unknown connections and hidden mysteries, family legacies, an island world undergoing historical changes. Yanique is the author of the story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony and a 2010 Rona Jafffe Writers’ Award winner.

 

 

 

5/18: Author Miasha at Written Magazine’s Summer Soiree & 30 Books/90 Days

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Join Written Magazine and the Hammonds House Museum as we kick off the 30 Books in 90 Days Summer Reading Challenge “Step in to the Unknown” will feature genres and authors that you may not have read but we are challenging you to try!

Attendees that purchase “Swing” by Akashic Books author, Miasha, will be entered to win a Gift Basket of 30 Books!

Please join us for light food fare, wine, several readings, games and giveaways.

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Worth the Read: Upcoming New Releases for March 2014

In The Black Body in Ecstasy, Jennifer C. Nash rewrites black feminism’s theory of representation. Her analysis moves beyond black feminism’s preoccupation with injury and recovery to consider how racial fictions can create a space of agency and even pleasure for black female subjects. Nash’s innovative readings of hardcore pornographic films from the 1970s and 1980s develop a new method of analyzing racialized pornography that focuses on black women’s pleasures in blackness: delights in toying with and subverting blackness, moments of racialized excitement, deliberate enactments of hyperbolic blackness, and humorous performances of blackness that poke fun at the fantastical project of race. Drawing on feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, and media studies, Nash creates a new black feminist interpretative practice, one attentive to the messy contradictions—between delight and discomfort, between desire and degradation—at the heart of black pleasures.

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After fourteen years in prison, Gerald “Stew Pot” Reeves, age thirty-one, returns home to live with his mom in Parkland, a black middle-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. A frightening delinquent before being sent away (his infamies included butchering a neighbor’s cat, torching another neighbor’s garage, and terrorizing the locals with a scary pit bull named Hitler), his return sends Parkland residents into a religiously infused tailspin, which only increases when Stew Pot announces that he experienced a religious awakening in prison. Most neighbors are skeptical of this claim, with one notable exception: Mrs. Motley, a widowed retiree and the Reeves’s next-door neighbor who loans Stew Pot a Bible, which is seen by Stew Pot and many in the community as a friendly gesture.

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In this impressive debut Marcus J. Guillory brilliantly weaves together the many obstacles of a young man growing into adulthood, the realities of urban life, the history of Louisiana Creole culture, the glory of the black cowboy, and the role of religion in shaping lives.  The question throughout this layered and complex coming-of-age story is will Ti’ John survive the bad side of life—and his upbringing—and learn how to recognize and keep what is good.

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Based on his powerful, true journey from a childhood rife with poverty, incarceration, addiction and rage to the successful adult life he achieved, award-winning performer, writer, and motivational speaker Daniel Beaty presents the tools that readers need to overcome any obstacle and tap into their full capabilities. By outlining an alternative mode of thinking, especially for the modern African-American man bombarded by negative stereotypes in the media, Beaty empowers the individual and encourages readers of all backgrounds to learn from their cultural and family heritage while forgiving and letting go of the negative so that only the positive remains.

Author Appearance: Prodigy from Mobb Deep Signing Copies of “H.N.I.C.”

Prodigy, from the legendary hip-hop group Mobb Deep, launches Akashic’s new Infamous Books imprint with a story of loyalty, vengeance, and greed. 

Pappy tries to break out of the game before the head of his crew, Black, gets them all killed. Against his better judgment Pappy agrees to do one last job, but only because it’s the price of his freedom. He knows Black can’t be trusted. He knows his “brother” would rather see him dead than let him walk away. Yet he still agrees to do the job because Black isn’t the only one who can’t be trusted. Sometimes you have to kill for what you want.

Further developing the stark realism and uncompromising streetwise narratives of his lyrics, H.N.I.C. cements Prodigy’s position as one of the foremost chroniclers of contemporary urban life. Simultaneously a fast-paced crime drama and an engrossing, unsentimental moral tale, H.N.I.C. peers into the dark heart that underpins the codes of loyalty and friendship, betrayal and vengeance.

ALBERT “PRODIGY” JOHNSON, as one half of the hip-hop phenomenon Mobb Deep, has sold millions of albums, performed throughout the world, and recorded with the elite of hip-hop, R&B, and rock with his signature style of hard-core, reality-based music. Born with the hereditary disease sickle-cell anemia, Prodigy has battled pain his entire life and is now promoting the importance of a healthy diet, spiritual enrichment, and a positive, productive lifestyle.

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Appearances

Jul 20, 2013: Harlem Book Fair, New York, NY

Jul 25, 2013: powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

Jul 27, 2013: Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, Corona, NY

Nov 23, 2013: Miami Book Fair International – Wolfson Campus, Miami, FL