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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Baltimore Book Festival 2015

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Sept 25-27, 2014
11am – 7pm

Baltimore Inner Harbor 

 

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

Featured Authors:

Wes Moore

Location: Literary Salon

Wes Moore Acclaimed author Wes Moore is a veteran, Rhodes Scholar and the founder of Bridge EdU. His most recent book, The Work, is a collection of, “…incredibly valuable lessons about what it means to create lives that matter…[it is] a way of exploring the meaning of success in a volatile, difficult, and seemingly anchorless world.” Moore’s first book, The Other Wes Moore is a thought-provoking search for answers through Wes’s transformative journey from reckless youth to mature adult.  It’s a story of mentorship and support networks who refused to let him fall into crime and drugs. Both books were instant New York Times Bestsellers.

 

Issa Rae

 

Location: Literary Salon

Issa Rae
In the bestselling tradition of Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake and Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl is a collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and black as cool.

 

 

Marisa de los Santos

 

Location: Ivy Bookshop Stage

Marisa de los Santos

New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me, Love Walked In, and Falling Together, de la Santos has written a captivating novel about friendship, family, second chances, and the redemptive power of love. The Precious One is an unforgettable novel of family secrets, lost love, and dangerous obsession, a captivating tale with the deep characterization, piercing emotional resonance, and heartfelt insight that are the hallmarks of Marisa de los Santos’s beloved works.

 

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#WorthTheRead: New Releases for November

Sparks will fly in this hip-hop-hot teen novel that mixes social protest and star-crossed romance! He Said, She Said is perfect for fans of Walter Dean Myers and Rachel Vail alike. The paperback edition includes a Q&A with author Kwame Alexander.

He says: Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls has got it made—a full football ride to U Miami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High.

She says: Football, shmootball. Here’s what Claudia Clarke cares about: Harvard, the poor, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . . . the list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr. T-Diddy Smalls and his harem of bimbos.

He Said, She Said is a fun and fresh novel from Kwame Alexander that throws these two high-school seniors together when they unexpectedly end up leading the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi—with a lot of help from Facebook and Twitter.

The stakes are high, the romance is hot, and when these worlds collide, watch out!

 

On the tenth anniversary of his death, The Dirty Version is the first biography of hip hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to be written by someone from his inner circle: his right-hand man and best friend, Buddha Monk.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard rocketed to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan, the raucous and renegade group that altered the world of hip hop forever. ODB was one of the Clan’s wildest icons and most inventive performers, and when he died of an overdose in 2004 at the age of thirty-five, millions of fans mourned the loss. ODB lives on in epic proportions and his antics are legend: he once picked up his welfare check in a limousine; lifted a burning car off a four-year-old girl in Brooklyn; stole a fifty-dollar pair of sneakers on tour at the peak of his success. Many have questioned whether his stunts were carefully calculated or the result of paranoia and mental instability.

Now, Dirty’s friend since childhood, Buddha Monk, a Wu-Tang collaborator on stage and in the studio, reveals the truth about the complex and talented performer. From their days together on the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang’s star, from bouts in prison to court-mandated rehab, from Dirty’s favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success, Buddha tells the real story—The Dirty Version—of the legendary rapper.

 

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In the tradition of the New York Times bestselling I Dream a World and Crowns comes this full-color companion volume to the acclaimed NAACP Award–nominee documentary Dark Girls—an inspiring and breathtaking photo book that celebrates dark-skinned women.

Black has never been more beautiful, witnessed by this magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark skinned-women from all walks of life. In Dark Girls, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Pauletta Washington (Denzel Washington’s wife), Cicely Tyson, Judge Mablean, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and twenty other outstanding women share intimate insights into what their dark skin means to them.

Filled with seventy-five gorgeous photographs, this thoughtful, sophisticated, alluring, and uplifting collection captures the elegance of dark skin—joyfully showcasing that we truly are beautiful for who we are.

Baltimore Book Festival 2014

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Sept 26-28, 2014
Fri & Sat: 12 – 8pm
Sun: noon – 6pm

Baltimore Inner Harbor 

 

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

Featured Authors:

Reyna Grande

The Distance Between Us

Location: Literary Salon

Reyna GrandeReyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. She has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the Latino Book Award. In 2012 she was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards. Her works have been published internationally in countries such as Norway and South Korea.
Her novels, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006) and Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) were published to critical acclaim and have been read widely in schools across the country. Her latest book, The Distance Between Us, was published in August 2012, by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In this memoir, Reyna writes about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States. A National Book Circle Critics Award finalist, The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. The Los Angeles Times hailed it as “the Angela’s Ashesof the modern Mexican immigrant experience.”

Tavis Smiley

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year (Sept. 2014)

Location: Literary Salon

Tavis Smiley

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley — broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist — has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk shortwaves Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily online radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN) on Blog Talk Radio.

His forthcoming text to be published in September 2014 is Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year. In the book, Smiley recounts the little known story of the denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s Black elite and militant youth, assaults on his character, ideology and political tactics — all of which MLK had to rise above in the final year of his life in order to lead and address the racism, poverty and militarism that threatens, even still, to destroy our democracy.

Click here for listing of Exhibitors and Booksellers

Click here for listing of local, regional and independently published authors

Click here for a map of the festival grounds (subject to change)

 

#WorththeRead: New Releases for August

Zane's AddictedJust as the trailers for the big screen adaptaion hit th enet, Atria/Strebor Books will release 75,000 new copies of Zane’s Addicted. This wildly popular novel by the Queen of Erotica follows one woman’s life as it spirals out of control when her three extramarital affairs lead her down a dark and twisted path.

For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex.

New readers of Zane will instantly think Fifty Shades… but trust, long before E.L. Whosiwhatsit, there was Zane and Addicted is definitely #WorththeRead.

Grab your copy here

 

The Choir Director 2: Runaway BrideCarl Weber takes readers back to church in his latest drama-filled novel, the much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller, The Choir Director.

It’s been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he’s on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation.

Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, “between heaven and hell.” As the investigation into Tia’s disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.

Get your copy here

 

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Get your copy here

 

The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride by Carl Weber

The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride

It’s been three years since Aaron Mackie succeeded in helping his friend and mentor, Bishop T.K. Wilson, dig his ministry out of financial ruin. Aaron is also responsible for re-energizing the almost defunct choir into something special. His success has drawn national attention, and he’s on the verge of signing a huge recording contract. With his life in order, Aaron decides the time is right to propose to Tia Gregory, the church secretary who caught his eye and inspired him to shed his Tiger Woods-like tendencies to become a one-woman man. The stage is set for what might be the wedding of the year, but quickly becomes the disaster of the year when Aaron is left at the altar without explanation.

Now, during his own hour of need, Aaron turns to the bishop for help. Unfortunately, the line he asks T. K. to cross will force the bishop to choose between faith and friendship, or as he puts it, “between heaven and hell.” As the investigation into Tia’s disappearance continues, the two men are challenged in ways they never imagined.

Appearances

August 22, 2014| 7:00 PM| 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road Charlotte, NC

August 23, 2014| 1:00 PM| 121 Glensford Rd Fayetteville, NC

August 23, 2014| 7:00 PM| 5400 New Hope Commons Durham, NC

August 27, 2014| 7:00 PM| 240 Route 22 West, Springfield, NJ 

September 12, 2014| 12:00 PM| 555 12th St NW, Washington, DC 

Stephen L. Carter Signing Copies “Back Channel”

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Stephen L. Carter’s gripping new novel, Back Channel, is a brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction—a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the shoulders of a young college student.
October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are on the move. Planes are in the air. Troops are at the ready. Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring for war. The only way for the two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel”—a surreptitious path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at risk . . . but they’re careful not to tell her that.

On the island of Curaçao, a visiting Soviet chess champion whispers state secrets to an American acquaintance.

In the Atlantic Ocean, a freighter struggles through a squall while trying to avoid surveillance.

And in Ithaca, New York, Margo Jensen, one of the few black women at Cornell, is asked to go to Eastern Europe to babysit a madman.

As the clock ticks toward World War III, Margo undertakes her harrowing journey. Pursued by the hawks on both sides, protected by nothing but her own ingenuity and courage, Margo is drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire—and into her own family’s hidden past.

Appearances
July 30, 2014 | 7:00pm| 1256 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA
August 4, 2014| 7:00pm| 2289 Broadway NY, NY
August 5, 2014| 7:15pm| 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St Louis, MO
August 7, 2014| 7:00pm| 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO
August 13, 2014| 7:00pm| 5015 Connecticut Ave. Washington, D.C.