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


Midwest Writers Workshop 2017


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.

Authors Bernice McFadden, Thomas Sayers Ellis and Jervey Tervalon in D.C.


Saturday, August 2, 2014| 6:00 PM

Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery D.C. | 702 Eighth St. NW, Washington, DC



The Hurston/Wright Foundation will host authors Bernice McFadden, poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and author Jervey Tervalon. McFadden will read from her novel “Gathering of Waters” about black woman coming of age in Mississippi between the Great Flood of 1927 and the murder of Emmett Til. Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of “Skin, Inc.” will read selections from his body of poetry. Jervey Tervalon will read from his novel “Monster’s Chef” about an ex-con cook who takes a nightmare job working for a country singer.  This event is free and open to the public.

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 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.

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

WW HHM 30 in 90

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.


5/4: Brunch, Blogs And Books – Going From Blogger To Published Author

From Blogger To Published Author

Featured Panelists:

GG Renne Hill, blogger of All the Many Layers and author of The Beautiful Disruption

Alida Nugent, blogger of The Frenemy and author of Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse

Lindsay Deutsch, former assistant online producer for the books section of USA Today

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