Book Con 2017

 

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BookCon is another awesome event by ReedPOP. ReedPOP also runs BookExpo, New York Comic Con, Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, Emerald City Comicon, Star Wars Celebration, Penny Arcade Expo and more.  As much as we’d like to have BookCon in Belle’s library, BookCon is held at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. The Javits Center is located at 655 West 34th Street.

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Featured Authors

Daniel Jose Older (Shadowshaper)

Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series)

Jason Reynolds (Miles Morales (a Spider-Man Novel)

Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)

Kwame Alexander (The Crossover)

Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything)

 

 

 

 

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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.

Hip-Hop Icon Darry McDaniels (RUN DMC) Graphic Novel: DMC 1.5

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It’s 1985 in New York City. Wildstyle graffiti covers subway cars as. B-boys break and spin in playgrounds and on street corners. Koch is mayor. Drugs and crime rule the streets. A terrifying plague is brewing in the shadows. And as the populace loses faith in the police, a man named Bernard Goetz is being hailed as a hero for shooting four teenagers in a subway car.

In this 1985, however, the city’s brand new guardian angels wear spandex and capes, wielding their gadgets and their superpowers to clean up the City – even if their methods hurt more people than they help. There’s the deluded “graffiti king” Mr. Marx patrolling the tunnels; the dark moral crusader The Puritan who stalks the shadows of the Lower East Side; and above it all, the godlike Helios, darling of the Upper East Side and the NYPD. It seems like only some of New York’s residents are benefitting from these vigilantes’ protection. The rest whisper the name of another hero: DMC.

You see, in this 1985, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) never rocks the mic to become one of hip-hop’s most enduring icons. Instead, he dons his tracksuit and Adidas sneakers to defends the city’s marginalized citizens against super villain and super hero alike, leaving no traces besides the imprint of his knuckle rings on his opponents’ faces. (By day, though, he teaches junior high school English.) With the help of reporter Charlie Cooper and a band of graffiti artists led by the spunky Lak6, DMC must confront the new “heroes,” and investigate whether there’s anything behind their sudden appearance.

DMC, the inaugural title from Darryl Makes Comics, imagines an alternate history that blends traditional comic book storytelling with the pressures and anxieties of 1980’s NYC, and explores how we got to where we are now. DMC is a superhero for those who need one most.

Appearances

March 2, 2016| 5:00 PM |Forbidden Planet – Broadway. New York, NY.

Love, Loss, and What We Ate: A Memoir

9780062202611_p0_v2_s192x300Long before Padma Lakshmi ever stepped onto a television set, she learned that how we eat is an extension of how we love, how we comfort, how we forge a sense of home—and how we taste the world as we navigate our way through it. Shuttling between continents as a child, never quite at home in the world, she lived a life of dislocation that would become habit as an adult. And yet, through all her travels, her favorite food remained the simple rice she first ate sitting on the cool floor of her grandmother’s kitchen in South India.

Poignant and surprising, Love, Loss, and What We Ate is Lakshmi’s extraordinary account of her journey from that humble kitchen, ruled by ferocious and unforgettable women, to the Top Chef Judges’ Table and beyond. It chronicles the fierce devotion of the remarkable people who shaped her along the way, from her headstrong mother who flouted conservative Indian convention to make a life in New York, to her Brahmin grandfather—a brilliant engineer with an irrepressible sweet tooth—to the man who was seemingly wrong for her in every way but proved to be her truest ally. A memoir rich with sensual prose and punctuated with evocative recipes, it is alive with the scents, tastes, and textures of a life that spans complex geographies both internal and external.

Appearances

March 8, 2016| 7:00PM|  33 East 17th Street| NY, NY 10003

An Evening with Miko Branch

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

901 G St NW

Washington, DC 20001

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Join us for an unforgettable evening with Natural Hair Care Pioneer, Miko Branch of Miss Jessie’s Hair Care as we discuss her new title, Miss Jessie’s, Creating a Sucessful Business From Scratch-Naturally; By Miko Branch with Titi Branch.

Miss Jessie’s is a memoir and business guide rich with inspirational life lessons and unique business advice from Miko Branch, the Chief Executive Officer of the dynamic Miss Jessie’s — the company that revolutionized the hair care industry.

When Miko  and her sister, Titi, were children, their grandmother, Miss Jessie, taught them independence and showed them the value of being “do it yourself” women, all while whipping up homemade hair concoctions at her kitchen table. As co-founders of Miss Jessie’s, Miko reveals how she and Titi applied those lessons to create a successful business from scratch.

A family memoir with a wealth of practical business advice and handy hair tips, told in Miko’s funny and relatable voice, Miss Jessie’s is her remarkable story — from her childhood learning independence as a latchkey kid in Jamaica, Queens, to building a highly regarded company with her sister in their shared home salon in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Miko reflects on her hard-won insights working for her autocratic, iron-fisted father, and how the self-sufficiency she learned in childhood helped her blossom as a single mother with bills to pay, a child to raise, and a dream to pursue. She speaks honestly of her mistakes and successes, and of her role as an industry leader, negotiating multi-million dollar deals while at the same time restoring the self-esteem of natural and curly haired women.

Charming and enlightening, chock full of entertaining stories and invaluable instruction that can be applied to any business, and illustrated with 16 pages of photos, Miss Jessie’s confirms that with effort the American Dream is possible.

*UPDATED* RUBY by Cynthia Bond

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Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city—the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village—all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom’s Juke, to Celia Jennings’s kitchen where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love.

Appearances

April 1, 2015| 7:00 PM| 189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036

April 4, 2015| 2:00 PM |8889 Gateway Blvd. West El Paso, TX 79925

April 7, 2015| 7:00 PM |3003 W Holcombe Blvd Houston, TX 77025

April 8, 2015| 7:00 PM| 770 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225

April 19, 2015| 2:00 PM| L.A. Times Festival of Books Panel

April 23, 2015| 7:00 PM| 126 N Larchmont Blvd, L.A., CA 90004

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

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.

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Appearances

September 9, 2014| 10:30 AM| Politics & Prose Bookstore

September 9, 2014| 7:00 PM| Politics & Prose Bookstore