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Kiese Laymon authored the memoir Heavy, a gripping, moving and valiant book that has been honored with the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, Barnes and Noble Discover Award and Audible’s Book of the Year. It was also named one of 2018’s best books by The...

Joan Vassar used to work in the bookstore at the National Book Club Conference, among hundreds of readers and dozens of authors, never revealing that she had penned a historical fiction novel calledBlack. Once she gained the nerve to do so, she has been bombarded with praise for the moving book that chronicles the...

Karla FC Holloway is the embodiment of the adage, “Age is just a number.” At 55, she earned a master’s degree in law from Duke Law School and has devoted her career to gender and cultural studies and the ethics of vulnerability in law and medicine. The author of eight nonfiction books, the James B. Duke Professor...

Monyetta Shaw is an entrepreneur, actress and reality show star who considers her primary job raising her two children she shares with R&B star Ne-Yo. Rather than engage in the muck that could develop when the parents are not together, Monyetta has chosen to remain above the fray, which inspired her to write her...

Curtis Bunn is the founder of the NBCC, started in because he felt joyous after each book club meeting, uplifted. The conversation with serious readers, the laughter, the learning benefitted both sides. It only made sense to me to bring readers and authors together in an intimate setting to have a succession of those...