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.

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September 1, 2017 11:30 AM Barnes & Noble – Fifth Avenue. New York, NY.

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Roxane Gay Signing Copies of “Difficult Women”

 

41kodbafo6l-_sx329_bo1204203200_Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister’s marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

Appearances

*March 24, 2017| 7:30 PM| 1901 Vine Street |Philadelphia, PA

Ticketed Event: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love

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Hollywood power couple DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good candidly share about their courtship and marriage, and the key to their success—waiting.

President/CEO of Franklin Entertainment and former Sony Pictures executive DeVon Franklin and award-winning actress Meagan Good have learned sometimes all we can do is wait for “the one” to come into our lives. They spent years crossing paths but it wasn’t until they were thrown together while working on the film Jumping the Broom that their storybook romance began.

Faced with starting a new relationship and wanting to avoid potentially devastating relationship pitfalls, DeVon and Meagan chose to do something almost unheard of in today’s society—abstain from sex until they were married.

In The Wait, DeVon and Meagan share the life-changing message that waiting—rather than rushing a relationship—can help you find the person you’re meant to be with. Filled with candid his-and-hers accounts of the most important moments of their relationship, and practical advice on how waiting for everything—from dating to sex—can transform relationships, allowing you to find a deep connection based on patience, trust, and faith.

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February 17, 2016|7:00PM| 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30|  L.A., CA 90036

If Someone Says You Complete Me, RUN!: Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships

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October 16, 2015| 7:00 PM| 33 East 17th Street| NY, NY 10003

From the provocative and hilarious EGOT winner, bestselling author, and host of The View, Whoopi Goldberg, comes the perfect antidote to all those outdated relationship advice books in the world, weighing in on why marriage isn’t for everybody, and how the life you want shouldn’t be the life everyone else expects you to have.

Whoopi Goldberg has been an electrifying, envelope-pushing public figure of many stripes: acclaimed actor, comedienne, singer, songwriter, author, political activist and talk show host. Now, Whoopi will speak openly about why marriage isn’t for everyone, how being alone can be satisfying, and how what’s most important is understanding who you are and what makes you happy. Wise, funny, and conversation-starting, Whoopi’s message is sure to resonate with the millions of people who struggle with relationships every day.

Goldberg says: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often, I might have some insight. It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”

 

Bernice McFadden in Conversation with Terry McMillan

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About the Book

The first section of McFadden’s unconventional love story belongs to Campbell. Despite being born to a brokenhearted mother and a faithless father, Campbell still believes in the power of love . . . if she can ever find it. Living in the same neighborhood, but unknown to Campbell until a chance meeting brings them together, is Donovan, the “little man” of a shattered home—a family torn apart by anger and bitterness.

In the face of daunting obstacles, Donovan dreams of someday marrying, raising a family, and playing in the NBA. But deep inside, Campbell and Donovan live with the histories that have shaped their lives. What they discover—together and apart—forms the basis of this compelling, sensual, and surprising novel.

Get your copy here.

 

*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

“One Night” by Eric Jerome Dickey Book Tour Dates

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About the Book: For one night, a couple checks in to an upscale hotel. The pair seem unlikely companions, from opposing strata of society, but their attraction is palpable to all who observe them—or overhear their cries of passion. In the course of twelve hours, con games, erotic interludes, jealousy, violence, and murder swirl around them. Will they part ways in bliss, in sorrow, or in death?

From the Author: One Night is a novel that combines everything I’ve loved writing about since the beginning: exotic locales, believable yet flawed characters, erotic encounters, and edge-of-your-seat critical moments. The twist? The story unfolds over a mere twelve hours, just one night, begging the question: Can a handful of hours change the course of a life?

Appearances

Tuesday, April 217:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA
Eso Won Books
4327 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
323.290.1048

Wednesday, April 227:00 PM
San Francisco, CA
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
415.927.0960

Thursday, April 2312:00 PM
San Francisco, CA
Travis Air Force Base
461 Skymaster Circle, bldg. 648
Travis AFB, CA 94535
707.437.4633

Thursday, April 237:00 PM
San Francisco, CA
Books, Inc.
1344 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
501.522.2226

Friday, April 246:30 PM
Memphis, TN
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended
Memphis, TN 38117
901.683.2032

Saturday, April 252:00 PM
Concord, NC
Books-A-Million
8301 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC 28027
803.586.8722

Saturday, April 256:00 PM
Columbia, SC
Books-A-Million
164 Forum Drive
Columbia, SC 29229

Sunday, April 262:00 PM
Washington, DC
Howard University Barnes & Noble
2225 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20059
202.238.2664

Monday, April 277:00 PM
Atlanta, GA
Eagle Eye Book Shop
2076 N. Decatur Road
Decatur, GA 30033
404.486.0307

Tuesday, April 2811:30 AM
Columbus, GA
Fort Benning
Fort Benning Main Exchange
9220 Marne Road
Ft. Benning, GA 31905
706.685.3242