Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
They call Spartanburg the Sparkle City. Sapphire brought some of it there on Thursday (December 8).
The author, best known for her book Push, visited the Spartanburg County Public Library's Headquarters location December 8 as a part of library's Fall Into Reading Series. Sapphire also talked about her latest book, The Kid, which follows the life of Precious Jones' son, Abdul.
The first part of the event was a discussion with WSPA's Amy Wood (thanks for the shout-out, Amy!). Sapphire said that she wanted to highlight child abuse in both of her books and used the Penn State and Syracuse as current examples.
As many of us know, Push was made into the movie Precious, which won 2 Oscars. Sapphire said it took 15 years for the book to become a movie. She said the people who approached her were either not in the Hollywood scene or had "no conception" of what the movie was about. One person wanted Brandy to play Precious. She gave credit to director Lee Daniels for the success of the movie.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Sapphire, author of the best-selling novel Push, will be at the Spartanburg County Public Library on Thursday, December 8.
This event will be a part of the library's first Fall For Reading series, where readings will have coffee and conversations with the author.
Sapphire will not only be promoting Push (which was the basis of the movie Precious), but her new novel The Kid, which follows the life of Precious' son, Abdul.
Yours truly will be making the three-hour drive up I-26 to Spartanburg to attend this event. I will be posting and writing about the experience next week.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Author Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts visited the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center November 10 to discuss her book, Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America.
This was Rhodes-Pitts' second stop while visiting Charleston. She spoke to the Charleston Library Society earlier in the day as a part of their Wide Angle Lunches series.
After reading a section from her book, Rhodes-Pitts took questions from the audience. She said that book is not necessary a memoir, but a book in which the residents of Harlem discuss and encounter the past. She found out while living there that she enjoyed the stories of the residents.
"When I got there and talked to the elders and looking at pictures, I got an obsession with the past," Rhodes-Pitts said. "I wanted to know the back story of the story."Rhodes-Pitts, a Harvard grad and Fullbright scholar, is currently living in New Orleans but will be leaving for Haiti soon. She will be writing a book about the county, as well as the book about the South.
I really glad that I found out about this event. I wanted to go to the luncheon she was at earlier in the day, but I would have to leave work (and pay $25). It was by Twitter that I found out that she was also going to be at Avery. And it was free!
The audience got to interact with Rhodes-Pitts and she was very nice. She was able to answer one-on-one questions and was interested to hear about the history of Charleston from several people. This was her first trip to Charleston and hopes to come back soon.
ETA 11/23/11: Rhodes-Pitts talks to Tavis Smiley about her book here.