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Mark your calendar for the first-ever Women’s Fiction Day!

June 8, 2019, marks the first Women’s Fiction Day. Sponsored by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the occasion is in celebration of women’s fiction authors, novels, publishers, booksellers, and most importantly, readers who appreciate women’s fiction and the power of … Continue reading

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A Black History Month reading list

Reading African American literature is a great way to celebrate Black History Month. In recognition of this observance, I offer my list of top 10 books (in no particular order) by authors of the African diaspora (people of African origin … Continue reading

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The Power Behind the WNBA: Interview Series

The Bookwoman welcomes Lisa Braxton (Boston), WNBA Boston’s board member at-large, to the “Power behind the WNBA” interview series. The goal of WNBA is to make connecting, educating, advocating, and leading possible. As bookwomen, we believe that books have power.

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French Riviera and City of Light venues are reminders of the novelist’s impact on culture

  As I strolled through the streets of Monaco, on a recent working vacation to Europe, I was impressed with the number of tourists that crowded the tiny city-state-country-microstate along the Mediterranean coastline. Some rode by on packed double-decker tour … Continue reading

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Countdown to publication: Posing for publicity shots

Among the many things authors must do before their book comes out in print is to pose for publicity shots. My debut novel is scheduled for publication 14 months from now—September 2019. That may seem far away, but the publisher … Continue reading

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Why this writer is sad at the shutdown of a drumming school

I got word today that the DrumConnection, New England’s premier hand-drumming school, based in Arlington, Massachusetts, will soon be shutting its doors. The DrumConnection offers excellent djembe and dunun instruction in private classes, workshops, and performances. The DrumConnection also sponsors … Continue reading

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Women Reading Aloud acknowledges the power of women’s voices

WOMEN READING ALOUD is an international organization dedicated to the power of the writer’s voice. WRA believes in providing space for artistic growth. Founded in New Jersey in 2003, it offers writing workshops modeled after the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, … Continue reading

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Advocate now for a narrative arts center

A coalition of literary organizations have banded together to propose a multi-use literary and cultural hub in the Seaport District of Boston, a vibrant center for teens and adults from all backgrounds to tell their stories and experiences. This effort … Continue reading

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Six benefits for writers who appear on community access television

Several other writers and I, who contributed essays to the anthology, Black Lives Have Always Mattered, published by 2Leaf Press, were recently invited to appear on the Boston Neighborhood Network, a public access television station. The mission of BNN is … Continue reading

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Six tips for conducting a book party

As I look forward to my novel being published in 2019, I think about the book party I’ll have—where I’ll host it, how I’ll get people to attend, ways to keep people invested in the party long enough for them … Continue reading

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I attended a Stephen King event, and he didn’t scare me one bit

Imagine growing up in a household in which you didn’t have to do chores. No washing the dishes. No taking out the trash. No cleaning up after Fido. But the one thing your parents did require you to do was … Continue reading

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The literary community needs more professional football players like Devon Kennard

I know nothing about professional football. I don’t understand how the game is played, never watch it on TV, except by default if I happen to attend a Super Bowl Game, and can count on one hand the current players … Continue reading

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