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Celeste O. Norfleet is a nationally bestselling author of more than 30 critically acclaimed novels, including her latest dynamic offering, One Night In Georgia. Book summary:  While three students who hit the road heading back to Spelman College for their senior year in 1968 grabbed a copy of The Motorist Green...

Carol M. Mackey is a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Recorded Books, Inc. Mackey made the switch to audiobooks in 2017 after a successful career as the Editor in Chief of the award-wining Black Expressions Book Club, the only direct to consumer book club for African Americans. Currently, she licenses audio rights...

AUTHORS BONDING THROUGH BOOKSMonica Michelle (moderator): Raised in White Plains, New York, Monica is an award winning Realtor in Westchester County, New York whose passion for writing turned into the self-publishing hit novel, Lucky No. 5. The book is an unconventional story of love and relationships that takes you...

Marissa Alexander became an international figure when she was arrested and convicted for aggravated assault after she fired a warning shot to stop her abusive husband who had threatened to kill her. The case crystalized the uneven interpretation of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The mother of two...

Dr. Joi Lewis is CEO and Founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and the Orange Method of Radical Self- Care (Healing Justice) and Radical Hospitality (Social Justice). She is the author of the wildly successful book Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care. Her work is deeply informed by growing up in East St. Louis,...

Linda A. Duggins, Senior Publicity Director at Grand Central Publishing, will lead and moderate our insightful and enlightening discussion on how the literary world reflects the world in which we live.From Linda: “”This panel will be a look at and a conversation about the state of Black people as it relates to what is...

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and the New York Times Bestselling author of 32 books, including SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, HOW TO READ A BOOK, illustrated by Melissa Sweet and his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE...

Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby’s groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa was published to international acclaim and hailed as “an extraordinary body of achievement . . . a vital document of lost history,” said the Sunday Times.New Daughters of Africa continues that tradition for a new generation, bringing...

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of Very Smart Brothas, an Internet platform that addresses all issues on race with humor, wit, candor and intelligence. It has been lauded for its sharp insight and cunning perspectives that spark thought and conversation. Young has taken his blog, co-founded by Panama...

Walter Mosley is the prolific and fantastic author whose work is renown worldwide. He has penned engaging fiction and nonfiction and young adult books and is considered one of the foremost literary giants of his time. www.waltermosley.com