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Guest Blog: Diverse Book Tours Explains “Diverse Books Are All Around Us…”

Diverse booktoursWhether we all know it, diverse books are all around us. Many of us have been saying it for years. Some have only started to notice. There are authors and/or books who’ve been present for decades, and there are books and authors who make waves for themselves in our present.

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Join me at the Decatur Book Festival

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 Join me and my writing sisters as we discuss #wereaddiversebooks at the Decatur Book Festival.  We'll be at the GRW Writer's Pavillion. Here are the dates and times of my panels at Decatur Book Festival:


Saturday, August 30
1:45-2:30 #WeReadDiverseBooks: African-American Popular Fiction GRW Pavilion 
Alicia McCalla, Seressia Glass, Piper Huguley, Vanessa Riley, Lauren Kelly

3:00-3:45 Beautiful and Sultry Marriott Conference Center Auditorium 
Lindsay Evans and Nicki Salcedo

Find us under the green and white "R" on the official map:

 https://www.decaturbookfestival.com/2014/assets/files/2014-map.pdf

 Please take our diversity survey: http://bit.do/wereaddiverse

Let's talk about the #weneeddiversebooks #wereaddiversebooks discussion!

 

Soul Eater Series Update: Going forward with a Summer Nanowrimo

SoulEater 300x200Last November, I participated in Nanowrimo during the month of November. It was an amazing experience. I was able to complete the first draft of my Soul Eater novel.  What I figured out, though, was that this was more than one short novel.  After much thought, gnashing, and trepidation, I came to the conclusion that what I was really writing ended up being a 3-part serial or episodic novel.

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Listen to Alicia McCalla on Black Science Fiction Radio

BlackScifiRadioJoin me on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 9pm. I'm a guest on  Genesis Science Fiction Radio with William Hayashi and the Black Science Fiction Society. Don't forget to call in or chat via TalkShoe. I'd love to hear from you! 

Here's the direct link to the show. Click here

Guest Fest: Rasheedah Phillips Discusses her Debut Novel and Black Motherhood

Rasheedah PhillipsWhy did you decide to use the theme of intergenerational poverty?

As an attorney representing low-income tenants living in public housing, intergenerational poverty is something that I witness daily in both my work and my community, and something I have had personal experiences with. It felt both natural and necessary to weave those topics into my stories, which are speculative re-tellings of real life experiences.  Outside of the context of politics and policy, where they are spun and distorted, these complicated tales of intergenerational poverty are rarely heard and rarely analyzed. .

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