Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Against All Odds - Southern Comfort
I can’t say it enough – there is something that draws me to the South. Part of it is history, and the other part the land – places like Sapelo, St. Simons, and beautiful Tybee Island, shown in this picture, and which Pearl Cleage fans will certainly remember. Two weeks ago I caught a severe case of Savannah-itis. On that same trip, on the spur of the moment, one member of our group decided to drive from Savannah to South Carolina. Unfortunately I had to be home early the next day; it was the only thing that kept me from the state on my must-see list.
Today, I get my wish – well, in a way. The Against All Odds Virtual Tour makes a stop at the home of the Carolina Diva. I know her as an exceptional writer, a fabulous mother and a woman generous with her advice and assistance. She read an excerpt of Dusk to Dawn long before it became a 250 page book. And now that it has, read what she has to say about Ayo and Bilal and who “ain’t tryin to hear no mess.” I love it! I know you will, too.
And speaking of the South, for the entire month of June I’ll partake of some wonderful Southern hospitality as featured author with the SistahFriend bookclub. Founded in November 2004 by Tasha Martin, the sisterhood began with four members in Columbia, SC. This Book Club is a live and online reading and networking group for women that focuses on reading and discussing books by African-Americans and promoting unity through women empowerment and fellowship. Once a month, members bond as sisters and discuss literary works in settings designed according to a theme, place, or character in a selected read. I’m honored to accept their invitation – these women celebrate sisterhood and the written word in the best possible way. Please stop by and visit at