Black Writers Conference and Barnes & Nobles Hit The Mark!
Lawrence Wayne, President and Conference Director of the Memphis Black Writers Conference & Southern Film Festival with
Barnes & Noble Communtiy Relations Manager Angela Grisby. "This has been the greatest event ever since I've been
manager of this store!" beamed Ms. Grisby. She added,"Rosalyn McMillan was fantastic, Dr. Reginald Martin gave writers
tons of valuable information, Thelma Balfour was dynamic, and Anfra had a lot to say about self-publishing."
Writers members participating included: Rosalyn McMillan (The Flip Side Of Sin); Thelma Balfour (Black Love Signs); Dr. Reginal
Martin (Everybody Knows What Time It Is); Alice Faye Duncan (Willie Jerome); Anfra Boyd (You Are My Sister); and Lawrence
Wayne (How To Encourage Young African American Children To Read).
Rosalyn McMillan was recently featured in Ebony
Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the country. Rosalyn had just come off of a nationwide book tour and agreed
to join the panel for this great event. We didn't know at the time, but it was Robbie's birthday. What a trooper!
book, 'The Flip Side Of Sin', is one of the four books selected for our Book Club Read-In during the 5th Annual Black Writers
Conference (April 20-22, 2001). The other books are: 'Liar's Game' by Eric Jerome Dickey; 'Dark Matters edited by Sheree R.
Thomas; and 'Everybody Knows What Time It Is' by Dr. Reginal Martin.
Children's author Alice Faye Duncan brought her knowledge of the children's book world. Alice deals with children everyday
in the Memphis City School system. She is in a great position to write books for children.
Alice authored 'Everyday
People', 'Willie Jerome', and 'Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee'. She recently married and was fresh off of the honeymoon when
she joined the panel. We wish you the best Alice to the both of you.
BREAKFAST WITH THE AUTHOR SERIES EACH MONTH:
Black Writers Conference Members & Guest should check the website
weekly for 'Updates and Calendar Of Events'
THE WORLD'S LARGEST BOOK CLUB READ-IN
April 20, 2001 9 pm - 12 midnight
Marriott Hotel (Downtown)
Please read the four selected books and register online:($10).
1. Liar's Game -Eric
2. Flip Side Of Sin -Rosalyn McMillan
3. Dark Matters -Sheree R. Thomas
4. Everybody Knows What Time
It Is -Dr. Reginald Martin
Thelma Balfour author of 'Black Sun Signs' and 'Black Love Signs' brought her unique and profound knowledge of the publishing
world to the panel. Thelma talked about her experiences as a first time author and the realities of the payment system, especially
the royalities. She says, "If you get a book deal, don't spend all of your money and don't quit your day job until you
have established yourself."
Thelma had a wealth of information and was more than willing to share with the packed
crowd. She is a great panelist and we need to take this show on the road.
Black Writers Conference Executive Advisory Board Members Angela Rixter-Kelly and Professor Loretta McBride. Angela is owner
of The Tea Room, which is a finishing school for young people. She was a top model in the industry and is doing an excellent
job at her school.
Loretta McBride is a college English professor and staff writer for VIP MEMPHIS Magazine..The
Official Publication Of The Memphis Black Writers Conference. Look for some great articles from Loretta, she is a great writer!
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