Comments heard last Friday at the Black Author Showcase™ at Howard University Continuing Education:
"That was just fantastic!"
"A premium experience"
". . . so upscale"
"We really enjoyed the authors and their presentations . . ."
"The food was excellent!"
(It was) so good – more than I expected."
"Please make sure I'm on your invitation list for the next one!"
Thank you to all of you who made the showcase this past Friday a success. Over 130 people came out in the rain to see:
Rey Harris - Motivational Morsels
Henriette Edmonds - The Georgia Avenue Bus
James A. Jimason - Dante's Destiny
Silvia Henderson - Why You Talk So White?
Angeline Bandon-Bibum - Sojourner's Dream
R.J. Williams - Cheapa 2 Keepa
Stafford L. Battle - AfroCyberspace
Shaun Mathis - This Hurts
Hilda Thomasine Wren - A Plain, Brown Wren
Wanda Childs - Pushed Into My Purpose
K. Lowery Moore - When I'm Loving You
Joyce Veranda Gray - Dark Karma
Dwayne Vernon - My Man, My Boyz
MacArthur Burton - Management Out of the Blue
Anita R Lambert - F.H.M. Murray
Matthew Horne - The Universe Is Inviting You In
Larry Chang - Wisdom for the Soul of Black Folk
Oscar Harp - Across Time: Mystery of the Great Sphinx
Theresa Grant - Hope and Desire
William Powell, Jr. - Valkyrie
Paul Lawrence Vann - Living on Higher Ground
22nd Century Press also introduced three new authors: Pleasetta Grace, Randy Philip, and Ralph Spencer.
The works ran the gamut: novels, self help, romance, poetry, autobiographical, technology, sci-fi, historical - you name it. There was a book for every type of book buying customer (except children, but keep an eye out for our next showcase in February).
The speakers were outstanding. Some had only a few minutes, but still left an indelible mark on the audience. During intermissions attendees checked out the school's facilities, visited the photographer Kea Taylor of Imagine Photography Studios taking professional head shots on location during the showcase, and dined on assorted cheeses, wines, smoked salmon, caviar and more. All of this and it was free to the public.
You will not want to miss the next one. Special thanks to the Prince George's County, MD chapter of the Black Writer's Guild for their support. See their website for the Afro Books Expo in February 2008.