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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

(Deadline for conference registration was August 1.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION OR MEAL PAYMENTS)
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Friday, August 11 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
First Time Around: The Mystique of Debut Novels

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There’s something magical about a first novel — that promise of a new voice, the possibility of finding a writer you can follow for years to come.  The debut novel is evenmore important for the writer because it might spark a great career. Writing your first book is no mean feat.  Let’s hear about two exciting debut novels. The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter: a Novel by Kia Corthron; the story sweeps American history from 1941 to the twenty-first century through the lives of four men—two white brothers from rural Alabama, and two black brothers from small-town Maryland—whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families. Passage by Khary Lazarre-White; tells the story of Warrior, a young black man, who is surrounded by deep family love and a sustaining connection to his history, connections that arm him as he confronts the urban forces that he faces--both supernatural and human--forces that seek his very destruction.

Authors will share the pros and cons their writing journey and reveal how these books propelled their careers. 

Sponsored by Seven Stories an Imprint of Penguin/Random House


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Kia Corthron

Adult Author
The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, KIA CORTHRON came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her p... Read More →
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Khary Lazarre-White

Executive Director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Author
Khary Lazarre-White is a social justice advocate, attorney and activist who has dedicated his life to the educational outcome and opportunities for young people of color at key life stages. His support base is far-reaching and diverse, built over the past twenty years as co-found... Read More →



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