On Tuesday, February 24 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, six Gateway Arts District authors will read from their works, with a wonderful assortment on their plate, from sci-fi/fantasty to mystery. Stop off at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville on the way home from work, enjoy a meal, snack, or beverage, and listen to writers tell their stories.
Authors reading are listed below:
Carolivia Herron, www.carolivia.com, author of best-selling children’s book, Nappy Hair, will present Viktor IV, a book about an expatriate American artist living in Amsterdam, written by Viktor’s friend and longtime Hyattsville resident, David L. Levy (recently deceased).
She will also discuss her new novel, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair, in which an African American Jewish girl and woman growing up in Washington, DC, discovers that hair as extravagantly nappy as hers has existed only once before – on the head of Ancient Egyptian Asenath. Dr. Herron is author of the libretto of Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson, an opera production by Washington National Opera and Washington Performing Arts Society, and many other works. She has taught at Harvard University, and other universities.
Eve Ottenberg Stone: www.eveottenberg.com, Author of eleven novels and a collection of short stories, her novel, Realm of Shadow, is a combination sci-fi/fantasy, and Sojourn at Dusk, is set in the 1960’s-80’s and depicts anti-war activists and political radicals. Eve has written articles and book reviews in the New York Times, USA Today, The Nation, The Washington Post, Vogue, Elle. She is married, has three children, resides in Maryland, and is library media specialist at Hyattsville Elementary School.
Juliana Barnet & Sophie Barnet-Higgins: http://www.rainwoodhouse.com, from Mt. Ranier are authors of Rainwood House Sings, a social justice mystery, and the first in a trilogy. The house, which is “haunted by civil rights struggles, rampant houseplants and musical plumbing, is home to U. of Md. groundskeeper [and union activist] Marlie Mendival and her bat-loving daughter Samatha.” “Marlie battles mounting bills, bellowing pipes, a lecherous boss, her ex’s scheme to evict her…” and hides a horticulturist who is wanted by police.
Richard Morris: http://www.richardmorrisauthor.wordpress.com, author of three novels, will read from Canoedling in Cleveland, a coming-of-age story in which three teens canoe all the rivers and lakes around Cleveland, Ohio in 1960 and attempt to bridge the racial divide. Morris lives in Hyattsville with his wife and oldest daughter’s family.
Samuel Williams, Jr.: www.facebook.com/AnomalousSherlockHolmes, an author, journalist, and grant writer based in Riverdale Park, Maryland. His novel, Anomalous: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes featuring Jack Johnson and Alphonse Capone, published in August 2012 by MX Publishing, London, tells about a boxing champion, Johnson, who, nailed with a felony conviction, travels to England to meet fight promoters. There his life is threatened by a past enemy, but he is aided by a mysterious Irishman and Mafia friends.
Patricia Weil: http://trishweil.wix.com/-circle-of-earth, long-time Hyattsville resident, is author of A Circle of Earth, a novel set in Selma, Alabama, where Patricia grew up, between and following the two world wars. It was a world of extremes: poverty and wealth, privilege and insult, race and class prejudice. “At age seventeen Emma walks blindly into a marriage that is not a love match. Effects of the Great Depression result in Henry’s placement in a mental hospital where he forms an unlikely bond with a young psychiatrist, a Northerner. . . .”