Interested in a fascinating discussion about nonfiction writing? Then you’ll want to attend the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ joint 2016 conference session, “Tell Me A Story: Compelling Narrative Nonfiction Writing and the Authors who Create Them.”
Whether exploring heartbreaking church murders in Charleston, a broken justice system in Chicago or colorism, as well as the life stories of remarkable people from the eras of vinyl records and radio, authors Wayne Dawkins, (City Son), Herb Frazier (We Are Charleston), Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Crook County), Rashod Ollison (Soul Serenade), Lori Tharps (Same Family, Different Colors) and myself (Word Warrior), will talk about our books – and sign your own personal copy.
This exciting NABJ/NAHJ Authors Showcase session starts at 10:30am on Friday, August 5th in at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest DC.
For more details visit http://www.nabjnahj.com. I hope to see you there!
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This month Word Warrior was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Phyllis Wheatley Book Awards. These awards were created in honor of the first published African American poet/writer by QBR, The Black Books Review – “the African American book review of record,” according to cultural critic Martin Arnold of the New York Times.
Phyllis Wheatley was brought to America as an enslaved African from the Gambia, West Africa in 1770. She was seven or eight years old. Wheatley soon learned how to read and write, and published her first poem at age 12. She went on to publish several poems that made her famous in early 1770s, and by 1775 Wheatley became the first enslaved African in America to publish a book.
How fitting that Word Warrior, a book about a man who loved poetry and who was a lyrical poet and powerful writer, would earn finalist status in the Wheatley Awards category that celebrates an author’s first nonfiction book!
Please click here to see the other finalists in this and the other Wheatley Awards categories. And thanks for your support!
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