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Snapshots of Lives Real and Imagined

A Stranger's Pose  by Emmanuel Iduma and Abraham Oghobase, et al. with foreword by Teju Cole Cassava Republic Press creative non-fiction memoir with photographs Scheduled for release this week, here's last week's review: Black Girls Must Die Exhausted  by Jayne Allen Quality Black Books  September 2018 contemporary adult fiction with chick lit leanings There is a substantive distinction between BLACK fiction and fiction written about characters who happen to be black, among other traits, that’s difficult to quantify. Black Girls Must Die Exhausted , the first entry in a scheduled trilogy, falls into the latter category. It is integrated in ways that mainstream contemporary fiction rarely is beyond ethnicity, including socioeconomic class, geographic region, age, and gender. Blend a 21 st -century New Adult version of Waiting to Ex


As of October 31, 2018 the Private Moments Publishing imprint of 5 Prince Media is closed. Margins run lean even for the big 5 publishers and those margins are paper thin for indies and small presses. My thanks to Bernadette Marie for being a supportive publisher who is also a talented author who respects other authors. Working with her and her team strengthened my writing and enriched my life. Sites that are offering DE for exorbitant prices are not affiliated with me in any way. Happy Writing & Reading to all! Cardyn P.S. I'm still deciding when and how to reissue DE.

#NaNoWriMo Readathon Saturday, November 3, 2018

Happy National Novel Writing Month! This is what you missed at the #NaNoWriMo Readathon at the Bowie Branch Library Saturday, November 3 rd : novelists a poet an essayist a playwright a memoirist dedicated readers games free “I <3 Books” T-shirts All brought together by a phenomenal librarian! Where are the photos of the event and my display? You ask. Well, snapping pics never seems to make it onto my mental to-do list until AFTER an event has ended. (A chronic oversight that’s likely Freudian in nature.) Blame my camera averse inner hermit, who also didn’t want to video record my segment. But my parents* (the same people who frequently call me about “fixing” the solid blue screen on their television) did. The blurry photo of me standing in profile leaning forward with my shirt baggy at the waist (SO flattering!) is their contribution as my self-appointed film crew. (It was a very good natural hair day though.) All of the writers we

The Persistence of Memoirs and Venn Diagrams of Identity

There's some thematic overlap in these lives lived by two very different men on different continents. The Life and Times of a Very British Man by Kamal Ahmed   Heavy, An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon Scribner  October 16, 2018 non-fiction literature This intimate mosaic of a complicated, messy life rendered in four parts is as emotionally substantive as it is viscerally grueling. On page 6 when the author asks his grandmother “…whether she minded if we talked about words, memory, emergencies, weight, and sexual violence in our family,” he’s warning readers as well. Born in Jackson, Mississippi in the mid-1970s to college undergrads in economically impoverished circumstances, Kiese Laymon eventually earned a tenured position at Vassar, an impressive accomplishment made more so by the details of all of the obstacles, setbacks, and dangers he