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International Women’s History Month Literary Festival, Baltimore – March 8

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Saturday, March 8 at 1:00pm
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Four women writers discuss the intersection of place, time and culture in literature and in the lives of women. The conversation will be moderated by Linda A. Duggins of Hachette Book Group.

Misty Copeland (Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina), the first African-American soloist in the last two decades at the American Ballet Theatre, has written a memoir about her inspiring journey to become a professional dancer.
Deborah Johnson (The Secret of Magic) writes about the postwar American South, its people, both black and white, at a time of wrenching yet hopeful change. She is the author of an earlier novel, The Air Between Us.
Sujata Massey (The Sleeping Dictionary) won Agatha and Macavity awards for her Rei Shimura mystery series. Her new book is the first in a series of historical suspense novels featuring Bengali women and the independence movement in India.
Lauren Francis-Sharma (‘Til the Well Runs Dry) tells the story of a young Trinidadian woman, her two sons, the young policeman who loves her — and the family secret she’s guarding.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the authors’ books for sale at a reception and book signing following the program.

Presented in partnership with the Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival and the Baltimore Times.

For more information, click here.

Blair Walker’s Darryl Billups Mystery Series


Up Jumped the Devil (Darryl Billups Mystery) by Blair S. Walker
A five-year veteran of the Baltimore Herald’s police beat, Darryl Billups is one of the paper’s top reporters. He earned the distinction the hard way, combining a nose for news, innate writing ability, and the timeless art of persuasion. Never one to shy away from the dangers of the job, he has chronicled the trajectories of some of Baltimore’s most compelling — and lethal — characters. So when an anonymous source tips him off to a domestic terrorist plot to bomb the NAACP’s national headquarters, Darryl knows this story could be the biggest of his career. But what he soon comes to realize is that though his dogged pursuit of the truth may make his name, it could also cost him his life. Complicating matters is Darryl’s deepening affection for Yolanda and Jamal, a young mother and son he has taken under his wing to shield them from domestic abuse. As a veteran journalist, he knows better than to insert himself into a story, but sometimes it just can’t be helped. Up Jumped the Devil weaves a thrilling mixture of suspense, romance, and comedy, expertly juggled by a memorable new hero for fans of contemporary detective fiction.
Hidden in Plain View (Darryl Billups Mysteries) by Blair S. Walker
In the second installment of Blair S. Walker‘s Darryl Billups series, the intrepid reporter has left his blue-collar Baltimore roots for a new gig in New York. But life in the big city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Luckily for Darryl, the Baltimore Herald is only too happy to welcome its star reporter back home, as are Darryl’s girlfriend Yolanda and her young son Jamal. Darryl is promoted to editor, but before long is itching to return to his former crime beat. He gets his chance when the nude bodies of African-American professionals begin turning up around town, their faces ominously marked with Confederate-flag decals. At a loss for suspects, homicide detective Phillip Gardner calls on his old friend Darryl for help unraveling the case. Darryl eagerly reconnects with Baltimore’s seedy underbelly and is soon hot on the trail of a killer who will transform his notions about gender, race, and the workings of the criminal mind. To break this story, Darryl must learn to look at the world in a totally different way — or become the killer’s most high-profile victim yet!
Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes (A Darryl Billups Mystery) by Blair S. Walker
Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes is the third outing for intrepid African-American newspaper reporter Darryl Billups, whose previous escapades found him foiling a domestic terrorism plot and unmasking a cunning serial killer. In what just may be his biggest story yet, Darryl is called to cover a multiple homicide at a Baltimore storage facility. Authorities suspect the carnage is somehow linked to the contents of storage unit 25, where a young woman’s mummified body — clad in bloodstained lingerie and opulent platinum-and-diamond jewelry — was recently discovered. The fact that someone was willing to risk the lives of five innocent people following the corpse’s discovery tells Darryl that he’s on to something big — and that’s before the body mysteriously disappears from the medical examiner’s office. Determined to find the truth, he joins forces with a hard-nosed female detective. Together they uncover a decades-old rivalry that reaches the highest levels of Baltimore politics. Novelist Blair S. Walker has been praised by USA Today for his “keen knack for entertaining,” and Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes doesn’t disappoint!

2012 Baltimore Urban Book Festival on May 6

Author Chris Hicks,AAMBC and The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park present the 2nd Annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1pm-8pm, at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St, Baltimore MD 21231.

Celebrating Baltimore’s FIRST and ONLY book festival focusing on African American literature.


(early registration ends January 1,2012)

Visit our website to register and purchase at www.baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com.

Featuring some of the country’s most influential bestselling authors; Omar Tyree, T. Styles, JM Benjamin, Jimmy Da Saint, Kiki Swinson, Miss KP, Tamika New House, Trice Hickman, Nicola Mitchell, Chris Hicks, Ladawn Black, Moses Miller, Nikki Turner, Booker T Madison

AAMBC Awards Ceremony honoring this years top performing authors
– Omar Tyree lecture and book signing,
– Chocolate Chat workshop featuring T Styles, Jimmy Da Saint and Miss KP
– The real talk with the men of ECE(ebony chronicles of elevation)featuring Corey Barnes, QB Wells, Moses Miller, Omar Tyree, and Author Chris Hicks
– African American Literature Panel

CHILDREN ACTIVITIES: storytelling, free treats, games, face painting, moon bounce, annual free book giveaway drive and a special storytelling feature from Baltimore Ravens

Some of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Fredrick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park a program of the Living Classroom Foundation, in support of their Voyage of Exploration a science, technology, engineering, and math program (STEM).

MEDIA SPONSORS: Mosiac Books, The Baltimore Times, Urbania Magazine, DMD Experience, BMore News, AAMBC, The Urban Twist, Rolling Out Magazine, Urban Literature Review, ILuvblackwoman.com, EDC Creations, My Soul Radio.com, BaltimoreBlack.com,AALBC, Books of Soul.

Clease contact Chris Hicks directly at chrishicks@baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com or chrishicks.hicks@gmail.com.