A DAY OF AUTHOR EVENTS
Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is family day for the South Florida Book Festival.
WOMEN WRITERS OF HAITIAN DESCENT featuring authors Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, Mahalia Solages, Michele-Jessica Fievre and Joanne Hyppolite. Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel writes children’s books and short stories; Mahalia Solages authors picture books and women’s fiction; Michele-Jessica Fievre writes mystery novels and children’s books in French; and Joanne Hyppolite is a museum curator in Miami and author of children’s novels and short stories.
JAMAICAN AUTHOR, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER There will be a presentation by Jamaican author, editor and publisher Suzette Farquharson-Morgan, president of FarMor Group, Inc. A native of Kingston, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Florida and a Master's in Communication from the University of Central Florida. In 2002, she stepped out on faith to write her first book, Living Testimonies, which she self-published in 2005 through her company, FarMor Publishing. “Publishing a book is not as difficult as one may think,” she says. “There are many avenues and resources available to produce a quality product.” For more information, visit www.farmorgroupinc.com.
EARL THE PEARL: MY STORY Special guest, Earl the Pearl Monroe—a legendary basketball player with the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Nicks—will talk about his book, Earl the Pearl My Story. Known as much for his unorthodox, “playground” style of play as his championship pedigree, observers of Earl the Pearl said that “watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling freefloating improvisations.”
CHRISTIAN FICTION AUTHORS The morning session of the book festival will feature Christian fiction authors ReShonda Tate Billingsley, S. James Guitard and Victoria Christopher Murray. The theme of their talk is: “Scandalous: Meet the Villains, Heroes and Heroines of Contemporary African-American Fiction.” ReShonda Tate Billingsley is the national bestselling author of 21 titles (eight adult novels, eight teen novels, one non-fiction, three anthologies and one poetry book). Her novel, Let the Church Say Amen, is being made into a movie as well as her teen books, Nothing But Drama and Caught up in the Drama. S. James Guitard is the author of four national bestselling books in a row: Delilah's Revenge, Chocolate Thoughts, Mocha Love, and Blessed Assurance. His first book, Chocolate Thoughts, has consistently been rated one of the nation's best African-American books and has appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of nine Essence bestselling novels, including Too Little, Too Late and Lady Jasmine. Her first novels in her Christian fiction teen series - The Divine Divas – were published and were optioned to become a television series. She is currently in negotiations for her novel, The Ex Files, to become a movie.
URBAN FICTION AUTHORS The festival will feature Urban Fiction authors Wahida Clark and Mary Morrison. Their theme is “Make Your Book Your Business.” Wahida Clark created the Thug Love Fiction sub-genre of street lit. She was the first street lit author to write a series. She spent nine and a half years in prison and was then released into a halfway house. She is now Vice President of a non-profit organization called the Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Service, which is a re-entry program for convicts and ex-cons. In 1999, Mary "HoneyB" Morrison, left her job with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to become a writer. She wrote and self-published her first novel, Soul Mates Dissipate which quickly became an Essence national best-seller. Miss Morrison has written more than 50 novels.