Sankofa Literary Society Holiday Book Fair

New Website Feature
Soon when you go to the website, you will see a link to my WordPress blog. I created this blog instead of relying solely on the MySpace blog feature. I encourage you to visit the blog on a regular basis where you’ll be able to find out the latest news about my book signings and it will also be the place to read the Just Be excerpt after it’s edited in January. 

Do you know those surveys that you get from friends and family members that ask you what color socks you have on, do you prefer croutons or bacon bits, and what is your favorite color and day of the week? Well, the Fab Four of Carter G. Woodson High School are taking that survey and their candid responses will be posted on the blog starting December 10th

I am going to do my best to write an entry at least once a week after the Fab Four Icebreakers are posted. The blogs will be about a gamut of things like my thoughts on the latest Ugly Betty episode, my hope that the Writers Strike ends soon, what movies I am looking forward to seeing in the future, and other fun stuff like contests to win free copies of Freshman Focus during the week of December 17th.

The Brown Bookshelf
Have you been to the Brown Bookshelf lately? Definitely, go check it out! Each of the Brown Bookshelf team has a weekly blog that we post. I post my entries on Fridays. So far I’ve blogged about joining the Brown Bookshelf, A Brown Bookshelf Trailblazer named Charlemae Hill Rollins, and holiday books written and illustrated by African Americans. Occasionally we’ll have book giveaways just for posting a comment on the Brown Bookshelf blog. We’re committed to keeping you in the know about what is going on in the African American children’s literature community.

Sankofa Literary Society Holiday Book Fair
December 1 – 9, 2007

Sankofa means that it is not taboo to go back and retrieve what you forgot.  The primary principle of Sankofa is that we must return to our roots, our past in order to move forward in the future.  As shown above, Sankofa is visually represented by a bird flying forward as he looks back and sometimes depicted with an egg, symbolic for the future, in his mouth.

You’re invited to attend a book fair with just a click of your mouse. Hosted by the Sankofa Literary Society, there will be no need to get dressed and leave the house, you can log on and meet authors from across the country, chat with them about their books and their love of reading and writing, and have a chance to win free books! That’s right, each participating author donated copies of their books for giveaways to those who attend the book fair. So log on, chat with authors and fellow readers, visit the author pages, listen to podcasts by the authors, call in for teleconferences, and possibly win a book or two during the book fair.

I’m sure you’re wondering who some of the authors are that will be featured and participating in the book fair. I am participating! Along with fellow young adult author and Brown Bookshelf member Paula Chase, we’ll be representing children’s literature. Other authors include Sheritha Bowman, Sherryle K. Jackson, Bill Holmes, and Joshua McClure. If any of these authors are unfamiliar to you then you definitely need to stop by the Holiday Book Fair and check them out. Each featured author has a book summary, author bio, and book reviews posted to share with prospective readers.

These are the days and times that I will be in the chat room so if you are able to stop by at these times, you’ll be able to pick my brain.  I won’t just be trying to sell Freshman Focus.  I’m open to talking about my favorite authors, favorite books, what I like most about reading and writing, and other questions thrown my way.  Other authors and readers will be in there as well so the spotlight won’t be just on me.

Chat Schedule
December 1, 2007 ~ 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
December 2, 2007 ~ 2:00, 4:00, 6:00
December 3, 2007 ~ 4:00 – 8:00
December 7, 2007 ~ 3:00 – 5:00
December 8, 2007 ~ 12:00, 2:00, 4:00
December 9, 2007 ~ 2:00, 4:00, 6:00

Give a Little Love or a Book at Christmas
Former editor of McCall’s and Ladies’ Home Journal, Lenore Hershey once advised, “Do give books – religious or otherwise – for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.”  As you prepare for the Christmas season, Freshman Focus makes a great gift for the young adults in your family to read. 

Happy Holidays to you all!

One Response to “Sankofa Literary Society Holiday Book Fair”

  1. KEN Says:

    Thanks for the info! I really can’t belive it’s almost Christmas. Snow, sleding, and Mistletoes!

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