Keep me posted on the latest book releases, signings, conferences and conversations.

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Sweat the Technique by Rakim

Microphone fiend and celebrated rapper Rakim’s ☛SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE: REVELATIONS ON CREATIVITY FROM THE LYRICAL GENIUS  [pub: Amistad] drops on September 24th. Tickets for his conversation at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture go on sale today at 8:00 a.m. on eventbrite.

Imani Perry’s Breathe Book Tour

But no matter how many say so, my sons, you are not a problem. Mothering you is not a problem. It is a gift. A vast one. A breathtaking one, beautiful. One that makes me pray for an unmercenary spirit about what I am here to do, never considering it a burden or worthy of particular praise.

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Happiest of pub days Angie Cruz! The Washington Heights native’s third novel DOMINICANA [pub: Flatiron Books] hits bookstores and e-readers today. I’m so looking forward to traveling from the Dominican Republic with 15-year-old  Ana Cancion to New York City in 1965.

Rick Ross On Good Morning America

Did you catch Rick Ross on Good Morning America this morning? The Miami rapper-turned-author’s memoir ☛HURRICANES drops tomorrow. Check out his Los Angeles book signing this Friday, September 6th at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Pet By Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi ‘s highly-anticipated debut YA novel ☛PET  [pub: Make Me A World] drops next Tuesday, September 10th and I’m making it my business to catch their book signing at Books Are Magic in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m.

Top 10 Writing Tips From Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the bestselling memoir ☛EAT, LOVE, PRAY: ONE WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR EVERYTHING ACROSS ITALY, INDIA AND INDONESIA [pub: Riverhead Books] posted her top 10 writing tips on Instagram today. The writer in me is eternally grateful.



Permanent Record By Mary H.K. Choi

Author Mary H.K. Choi is releasing her second novel ☛PERMANENT RECORD [pub: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers] next Tuesday, September 3rd. Her first book ☛EMERGENCY CONTACT was a New York Times bestseller. Check out my fellow XXL magazine alum that same evening at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn and get your copy signed.

Everything Inside: Stories By Edwidge Danticat

Let’s all rejoice! Literary phenom Edwidge Danticat‘s collection of eight stories ☛EVERYTHING INSIDE [pub: Knopf] is available today. I’ve been longing for some good storytelling that challenges my own writing and honestly, reading abilities while transporting me out of my own world into an elsewhere that leaves me more self aware.

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite

Raising a yummy cup of coffee to sister authors Maika and Maritza Moulite! Their YA novel ☛DEAR HAITI, LOVE ALAINE [pub: Inkyard Press] drops next Tuesday, September 3rd. Catch the gorgeous duo at Charis Books & More in Decatur, Georgia on Wednesday,