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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2017 Savannah Book Festival February 16-19

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The Savannah Book Festival is an annual event, free and open to the public, in celebration of the written word and its role in improving the human experience. Our mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation.

 

Featured authors at this year’s festival include:

Colson Whitehead presents his a magnificent tour de force following a young slave’s journey to freedom in the antebellum South in, The Underground Railroad.

Alejandro Danois tells an encouraging true story of a high-school basketball team that gave a city hope, overcoming desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore, and producing four NBA players in The Boys of Dunbar.

Homegoing follows two half-sisters: one becomes a slave and the other becomes a wife to a British slaver. As they part ways, their paths unfold as Yaa Gyasi shows how captivity etches into the heart of both a family and a nation.

Imbolo Mbue‘s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, tells an unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a fresh start in New York just as the Great Recession begins to shake the economy and the American dream for many crumbles around them.

Pachinko, a novel by Min Jin Lee, follows a Korean family from the 1900s when a beautiful daughter has an unplanned pregnancy that shames the family, forcing them to move and make sacrifices to keep from social ruin.

Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind

Ruth's Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind

 

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange’s daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O’Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.

Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell’s unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

 

 

Appearances

October 14, 2014| 5:30 PM| 404 E Main St Charlottesville, VA 22902

October 15, 2014| 12:00 PM| 3522 Wade Ave Raleigh, NC 27607

October 15, 2014| 6:30 PM| 220 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312

October 16, 2014| 7:00 PM| 6718 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN

October 17, 2014| 7:00 PM| Margaret Mitchell House| Atlanta, GA

October 22, 2014| 7:00 PM| 2289 Broadway at 82nd St., NY, N.Y.

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:

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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

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.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Isabel Wilkerson in Atlanta, April 29, 2014

Pulitzer Prize winning author, Isabel Wilkerson, will speak during the Morehouse College Eighth Annual Student Symposium.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. Wilkerson has also won the George Polk Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Wilkerson will have a full day of events during the symposium, beginning with a class visit culminating with the Crossing Over Dry Land: Migrating for Freedom talk.

Following the lecture, there will be a brief question and answer session followed by a book signing in the lobby of the auditorium.

6:00 p.m.

Bank of America Auditorium: Shirley Massey Conference Center

830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30314

See http://www.2014symposium.org/this-years-program.html for more information and symposium events