Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Books, Books, & More Books

All I want to know is why are there never any books written by any of my favorite African American authors on the doggone "Bargain Books" table at any of the bookstores that I frequent! Don't get me wrong, I love Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Michael Connelly, and the like, BUT, what about Kimberla Lawson-Roby, Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant, Beverly Jenkins, Brenda Jackson--to name the few that pop out of my head. I'd love to buy one of their books for $5 or $6 bucks! I'm just wondering who makes the call--the bookstore or the publisher--not that I have a problem supporting my favorite African American authors at full price.

Anyway, I had NO business buying books on a trip to Borders for my daughter. She's the one who needed a book for school, but who was I kidding? There was no way I was going to step one foot in the book store and NOT buy something for myself! I already knew what I wanted--Kimberla Lawson-Roby's recent novel, "The Best of Everything", but it wasn't available. During my search for that one, I came across another favorite African American author(s)--the writing duo Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant! The book--"What Doesn't Kill You"--was a MUST HAVE and worth every bit of the $24.95 that I paid for it! All of my REAL book lovers understand completely. Some books you can check out from the library, BUT some you MUST OWN!

The BIG question is how am I going to fit this book in with the other 5 or 6 books that I have waiting on me to read AND the ones I'm in the process of writing. I don't know how I'm going to do it, but I'm going to get it done! Just stay tuned!

T.T.Y.L...L.A. Jefferson :)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Great Author in Town

It's really awesome to have good friends. One of my good friends was kind enough to inform me that a famous Michigan author, Terry McMillan will be gracing Detroit with her presence at the Detroit Public Library Author Series events at the main library. As much as I love all things literary, I don't keep up as well as I should with all of the literary events going on in the city. Anyway, Terry will be promoting her latest book, "It's Ok If You're Clueless and 23 More Tips for the College Bound". It's not what her fans fell in love with her for, but fans can still come out to support and chat with the author. You never know what you may find out. As an author, I'm encouraged by Terry's ability to expand her writing skills and abilities to other areas besides fiction, so I plan to be in attendance.

Til Later...L.A. Jefferson

Free and open to the public, Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6 PM sharp, Detroit Public Library Friends Auditorium, 5201 Woodward, north of Warren in Midtown Detroit, information at 313-833-4042.

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