Sunday, July 23, 2006
Writing Across the Color Line
Yesterday (July 22) Harlem was the Spot for literary kings and queens. The Harlem Book Fair took over the streets of Harlem and despite the rain, drew jubilant crowds.
Yours truly got to moderate a panel entitled, "Writing Across the Color Line," where we discussed the world of fiction writing with some amazing authors. Kim Mclarin, Erica Simone Turnipseed, Kevin Baker and Jaime Manrique spoke of their experiences writing against type, creating unique and alluring characters that speak to a diverse audience. An audience the publishing industry often seems to forget exists. My hats off to these creative scribes for following their own truth and daring to take their work above and beyond the color line.