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


*UPDATED*: The Octavia E. Butler Celebration of Arts & Activism-2014


April 16-17, 2014| Beginning at 12:00 p.m.

Spelman College

During the Octavia E. Butler Celebration, attendees will explore ways in which the connection between Afrofuturism and social justice correlate with present-day issues facing people of color, such as poverty, voting rights and mass incarceration.

The celebration, free and open to the public, is the culminating event of Tananarive Due’s second consecutive year as Cosby Chair. As chair, Due has expanded the College’s curricular offerings with an emphasis on creative writing, screenwriting and speculative fiction—particularly the works of Octavia E. Butler. Butler, a pioneer in the science fiction genre, was the recipient of Hugo and Nebula Awards and a MacArthur Genius Grant.

Schedule of Events

Day 1

12-2pm: Black Science Fiction Short Film Showcase| Cosby Academic Center Auditorium

2:30-4pm: Tales of the Conjure Woman: Reading with Nnedi Okorafor and Tananarive Due| Museum of Fine Art

5-7pm: Panel Discussion with Adrienne Maree Brown, Junot Diaz, Tananarive Due, dream hampton, John Jennings, Bree Newsome and Nnedi Okorafor| Cosby Academic Center Auditorium This event will be streamed live via Spelman College

7pm: Book Signing/Black Science Fiction Books Bazar| Cosby Academic Center Lobby


Day 2

12-2pm: Talk-Back with Afrienne Maree Brown| Emergent Strategies for Social Jusstice| Innis Cosby Reading Room

5:30-7:30pm: Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop with Milton Davis, Balogun Ojetade, Chesya Burke and Valjeanne Jeffers| Opening Remarks by Tananarive Due| Room LL29


Nalo Hopkinson, Elsie Augustave and More at the 2014 National Black Writers Conference

The Twelfth National  Black Writers Conference:

Reconstructing the Master Narrative

Sponsored by the Center for Black Literature

 Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn

Thursday, March 27, 2014       to Sunday, March 30, 2014

The 12th National Black Writers Conference:  Reconstructing...

The Twelfth National Black Writers Conference will provide  writers, scholars, literary professionals, students, and the general public  with a forum for engaging in dynamic and spirited conversations, panel  discussions, readings, workshops, and performances on themes related to Reconstructing  the Master Narrative.

The 2014 NBWC theme of “Black Writers Reconstructing the Master Narrative” builds on previous NBWCs and takes into account the need to expose the general public to the vast range of texts that Black writers throughout the diaspora are producing. Using this theme as the premise of this public gathering of writers, students, literary agents, editors and the general public will have an opportunity to attend panels, roundtables and readings, participate in workshops, and take in performances over the four days of the Conference. The honorees for the Twelfth NBWC are: Maryse Condé, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Derek Walcott, and posthumously to Margaret Burroughs.

The National Black Writers Conference is a public program that will provide writers, scholars, literary professionals, students, and the general public with a forum for expanding their knowledge and reading of Black literature and for engaging in dynamic and spirited conversations, panel discussions, readings, workshops, and performances on conference themes and on future trends in the literature of Black writers.

Event Highlights

3/28: Films Celebrating Activism in Black Literature: A selection of short films inspired  by and with literary themes. Sponsored by the NBWC and African Voices/Reel Sisters

3/28: The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature: Past, Present, and Future: A Special Literary Event featuring Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. For this special literary event, poet and playwright Derek Walcott will be joined by the Trinidad-born poet Mervyn Taylor and St. Lucian poet and producer Adrian Augier to participate in a program titled “The Search for Self in Caribbean Literature: Past, Present, and Future.” The conversation will focus on Walcott’s writing life and explore the themes of identity, memory, belonging and spirituality in his work and in  Caribbean literature. $10 donation for non-conference attendees.  http://www.centerforblackliterature.org/registration.php

3/29: Race, Power, and Politics: The interrelationship    between race, power, and politics is more intricate than it has ever been.    While some argue that the intersections of race, power, and politics have    produced social and political movements, others have argued that we live in a post-racial society where race no longer matters. They suggest that we have transcended race.

Click here to register for the conference and to purchase tickets to special events.

Click here for an overview of the conference.

Updated: Octavia E. Butler Celebration of the Fantastic Arts Events

OBCF flyer

Pioneers in black speculative fiction will gather at Spelman College, Thursday, March 21, 2013, to celebrate the legacy of science fiction novelist Octavia E. Butler at Black to the Future: the Octavia E. Butler Celebration of the Fantastic Arts.  This is Tananarive Due’s culminating event as the 2012-2013 William and Camille Hanks Cosby Chair in the Humanities.

View Full Listing of Events Here

View Photos of the Event Here