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  darnell moore black lives matter book

Black Lives Matter activist, Darnell Moore, inks deal for his coming of age memoir NO ASHES IN THE FIRE, detailing the making of a writer and activist whose own survival story is shared by many of those who have helped shape one of the largest iterations of the Black Freedom Movement since the 60s.

Sunday Morning Trilogy Terry E. Hill book

Turning Pages Book Club announced earlier this year that Bay area novelist Terry E. Hill will be honored as ‘Author of the Year’ for 2016. Hill is the author of the trilogies COME SUNDAY MORING and THE COMMITTEE. Many readers compare Hill to the late E. Lynn Harris in his story content, writing style, and storyline transitions. COME SUNDAY MORNING published by Urban Renaissance, a Carl Webber imprint is the story of Hezekiah T. Cleaveland the handsome pastor of New Testament Cathedral in Los Angeles and his wife Samantha who arranges the assassination of her husband in the pulpit of their mega church after learning of his homosexual affair. The incident causes anarchy among the congregation’s leadership.

im judging you book cover

Book Expo of America, the North American publishing event featuring the latest in print and digital returns to the Jacob Javits Center in NYC May 31-June 2. Book Con the premier event combining storytelling and pop culture will also be held at the Javits Center on June 3 & 4.

Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers’ Shondaland, along with ABC Signature Studios, have acquired rights to Luvvie Ajayi debut book I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual to develop as a cable comedy series. I’m Judging You is a humorous manual published in 2016 that instructs people on how to do better.

Gucci Mane book

Hip-Hop artist Gucci Mane’s garners deal with Simon & Schuster for memoir revealing the life and times of the artist and man, chronicling his ascent through the Atlanta trap scene, incarceration and addiction, to his personal rebirth and position as one of the most influential hip hop artists today.

15-year NFL veteran Takeo Spikes published BEHIND THE MASK. This debut creative work combines personal narrative, iconic images and original photography captured by Spikes himself. The former player gets first-hand accounts from some of the National Football League’s most prominent defensemen spanning generations as they each discussed their personal drive, hurdled obstacles and secrets to greatness. Exclusively sold at

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