Sister in Spirit 1st Annual Urban Book Festival
Living in Western Maryland sometimes has its downfalls. When it comes to art and literature events, especially African-American focused events, I usually have to go into Washington DC or Baltimore. Therefore, I was very excited when I was invited to participate in the Sister in Spirit Book Club event sponsored by the founder Ladetra Robinson. This event focused on African-American authors from various genres. We even made the local paper.
Click here to read the article – Herald Mail Hagerstown, MD
Authors – Kinaki Jakarta, DeVaughn Lilly, Melanie Bonita, Donna Marsha Saunders, Leroy McKenzie, Adrian “Ox” Mendez, C. NaTasha Richburg, and Vivi Dumas
The event provided the authors an opportunity to showcase their work and discuss topics from the literary world, both pertaining to the Black experience and the industry in general. It is always a pleasure and interesting conversation when authors are around. Everyone brought different perspectives on the condition of African-American literature and various genres. We were able to provide varying feedback on the world of self publishing.
While my book was not for those under 18, it was nice to see the kids out and interested in reading. There was even a mother/stepdaughter team, who penned a book about blended families. What’s more impressive was the young lady was only fourteen. I think today we tend to allow our children to move away from the written word for television. Books taught me to be creative, to think on my own, and to explore new things. We need to continue to feed our children’s minds with books.
Last but not least, I alway appreciate my support system. My girl, Keisha, and her side kick Regan (above) are always in attendance and helping me. I appreciated my peeps from the day job, Michele and Becky for coming out and supporting me. This is a tough business, but it’s easier when you have good people around you. I also found some unique opportunities during the event. I was able to meet a very nice lady at a metaphysical store across the street and she agreed to carry my book at her shop. We will also work together for a book signing during one of her events. Keisha was kind enough to drop off a few copies of Soul Catcher at Ms. Nora Roberts book store, Turn the Page Bookstore. What romance author doesn’t want their book in Nora Roberts’ store? After it was all over, I have a lovely time with Michele and Becky and a good glass of wine.