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

Author Apperances Scheduled for Bernice L. McFadden

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

 

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:

williamsZane  is the multiple NY Times best-selling author whose new must-read novel, The Other Side Of The Pillow releases onAugust 4th. Additionally, the movie version of Zane’s fantastic book, Addicted, will be released on October 20th.

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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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The Other Side of the Pillow by ZANE Book Tour

The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica, Zane is back with a new novel about a testy love affair that emerges between a woman who’s had enough and a man who’s had it all.

Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her. So she decides to give up and join the party by adapting the entire “friends with benefits” mentality with a couple of men that she beds on the regular but refuses to hold any kind of real conversation with, in fear that she might actually catch feelings.

Everything is going according to plan until she meets Dr. Tevin Harris, a prominent vascular surgeon, one night at a poetry slam. Tevin listens to her deliver her male-bashing poem and instead of steering away from her like most men with any common sense would do, he asks her out. Tevin has been casually dating for years, ever since his failed marriage to Estella. They had suffered several miscarriages and the emotional pain had become too much for either one of them to bear and still wake up with each other every morning.

Opening up, gaining trust, tearing down barriers, and ultimately, having the audacity to love again is not easy for either Jemistry or Tevin. It takes a lot of transparency, emotional honesty, and patience to even begin to build a life together by helping each other rebuild what has been broken. The Other Side of the Pillow examines, explores, and exposes what it means to truly fall in love. It proves that true love stories do not have a happy ending. True love stories never end at all.

 

Appearances

August 7, 2014| 7:00 PM| 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA

August 8, 2014| 5:30 PM| National Book Club Conference| 3405 Lenox Rd, Atlanta, GA

August 9, 2014| 10:00 AM| Neighborhood Awards (Ticketed)

August 13, 2014| 8:00 PM| 265 Aragon Ave, Coral Gables, FL

August 15, 2014| 6:30 PM| w/James Causey 733 N. Eight St, Milwaukee, WI

August 16, 2014| 12:00 PM| 144 S. Clark Street, Chicago, IL