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Saturday, August 30, 2008

TAKE TEN: Our interview with Bestselling author Andrew M. Greeley

When it comes to discussing international bestselling authors today, it is impossible not to include Father Andrew M. Greeley. He has produced over 50 bestselling novels over the past few decades, and I have had the pleasure to read and enjoy 15 of them myself. His tales of the lives of those who devote themselves to the service of the church have sparked dialogue and controversy almost from the beginning of his career. But there has been a positive side to his career and success as well. When talking about Greeley, Reverend Ron Rolheiser said this: "Nobody has ever left the church because of an Andrew Greeley novel, but many have been attracted back to it by him." Why is that, you might ask. Read this exclusive interview to find out.--- Cyrus A. Webb, Conversations Book Club
Father Greeley, we appreciate your taking out the time to talk with TAKE TEN today. Having enjoyed numerous bestselling novels and praise from around the world for the stories you create, do you see your writing career as an extension of your ministry?
Not so much an extension as an essential part of my ministry.

When did you know that you were such a gifted storyteller? Did you come from a family of readers?
I don't know that I'm a gifted story teller. I must leave that to others like yourself to judge. Both my parents read and both like to tell stories.

I have been curious for sometime about was there any one individual along your literary journey that inspired you to write and then seek to be published. Can you share with us what led to your submitting your first written work?
The late Bernard Geiss, a "packager" of novels, urged me to write a story about two young men who grew up to be priests. The Cardinal Sins emerged from that suggestion.
 

Conversations Reviews "Journey To Love" by author Peter Gebeshian

Conversations Book Club founder Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's book review in the Clarion Ledger newspaper is of author Peter Gebeshian's JOURNEY TO LOVE (see link below)

(Peter Gebeshian seen here at Wal-Mart on HWY 18 in Jackson, MS during his first visit to Mississippi with Conversations Book Club in August 2008)
http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080830/LIFE/808300302/1003

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Who will Conversations LIVE! talk to in September? Find out here!

Conversations LIVE! Upcoming Guests 2008

Conversations LIVE! radio talk show is proud to be on Blog Talk Radio, enjoying a national audience with some of the most well-respected authors and recording artists in the industry. Hosted by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb, you wil find the most diverse body of guests on the internet today---and it is all because of your support! To listen to the interviews below, visit us online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. A complete listing can also be found at http://conversationslive.blogspot.com.
  • Monday, September 1, 2008 --- Gretchen Craig and Nia Promotions, 12p.m. CST
  • Monday, September 1, 2008 --- Zane Bell of Primerica talks Money with us, 7:30p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, September 2, 2008 --- Ashea Goldson, 6p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, September 2, 2008 --- Treasure E. Blue, 7p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2008 --- Michelle Larks, 6p.m. CST
  • Thursday, September 4, 2008 --- Victoria Christopher Murray, 6p.m. CST
  • Monday, September 8, 2008 --- T. L. James, 12p.m. CST
  • Monday, September 8, 2008 --- Francis Cole Jones, 5p.m. CST
  • Monday, September 8, 2008 --- Big G will unveil the theme song for the Hiphop and Books Literacy Campaign, 8p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, September 9, 2008 --- Divas of Literature, 7p.m. CST
  • Wednesday, September 10, 2008 --- Tony Lindsay, 7p.m. CST
  • Thursday, September 11, 2008 --- "Separate But Equal? African Amercian Authors in Today's Bookstores" Discussion with authors Gloria Mallette, Bernice McFadden, Margaret Johnson Hodge and Angel Hunter--- 7p.m. CST
  • Sunday, September 14, 2008 --- Nikkea Smithers, 6p.m. CST
  • Monday, September 15, 2008 --- Joy King, 7p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2008 --- Jane Jordan, 6p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2008 --- Sean Simmonds, 7p.m. CST
  • Monday, September 22, 2008 --- "Business of Books" online panel discussion with authors Deatri King-Bey, D. T. Pollard, Alretha Thomas, Arlether Wilson and Rodney Lofton, 7p.m. CST
  • Thursday, September 25, 2008 --- Stephanie Jones, 12p.m. CST
  • Thursday, September 25, 2008 --- Mary B. Morrison, 7p.m. CST
  • Monday, September 29, 2008 --- Michael Erard, 7p.m. CST
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2008 --- Andrew Neiderman, 7p.m. CST
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Listen to our conversation with bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes here!

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Did you miss Conversations LIVE!'s interviwe today with Bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes? (Click the link below to listen to the entire podcast!) She is the bestselling author of books like Douglass' Women, Voodoo Season, Voodoo Dreams and Magic City.
 
Now Jewell Parker Rhodes talks about her life, the path that led her to writing and her new book YELLOW MOON.
Conversations LIVE! is proud to introduce to some and reintroduce to others Bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Missed our "Business of Books" Discussion on Monday? Listen to it here!

On Monday, August 25, 2008 Conversations LIVE! held its monthly "Business of Books"* discussion with Bestselling authors Recha Peay and Peron Long. The two discussed how their writing careers have affected their lives, what their idea of success is and even addressed the current debate about if authors should pay for reviews!
Missed the discussion? Listen to it by clicking on the link below:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/08/26/Conversations-LIVE-discusses-The-Business-of-Books

ENJOY YOUR DAY. ENJOY YOUR LIFE. ENJOY YOUR WORLD. ENJOY BOOKS!
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* This is another Conversations Book Club production.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Vice-President of Penguin Group speaks on Conversations Book Club

On Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Conversations Book Club interviewed Bestselling authors August Gold and Joel Fotinos, discussing their latest book THE PRAYER CHEST. Conversations had chosen the book as one of its "Best Kept Literary Secrets of 2007" and one of its "Top 20 Summer Reads of 2008". After a powerful one hour interview, Conversations Book Club President (Cyrus A. Webb) received an email from Fotinos saying the following:
"Thank you for the interview – it was terrific, and we appreciate being a part of your program. And thanks for the attention you put on books, the arts, and the creative process – you are doing wonderful things!!"

Joel Fotinos is also the Vice President at Penguin Group and the founder/publisher of the Putnam Praise imprint.
Conversations thanks both Gold and Fotinos for validating the work we have committed ourselves to as well as all those who have joined our addiction to good books.

If you missed the interview, click this link to listen:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/08/19/Conversations-LIVE-with-C-A-Webb-Guests-Bestselling-authors-August-Gold-and-Joel-Fotinos

To read Conversations' review of the book, THE PRAYER CHEST, click this link:
http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080816/LIFE/808160301/1003

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Conversations Weekly Report: What to expect this week: Aug. 25-30,2008

Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce that there are several events going on during the week of August 25-30, 2008 to satisfy any book lover.
 
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 12p.m. CST --- Converations LIVE! will talk with Sumit of The Hiphop Chronicle about the work the organization does to educate music and why it has partnered with the Hiphop and Books literacy campaign. Listen live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/converationslive
 
Monday, August 25, 2008 @ 7p.m. CST --- Conversations LIVE! will hold the online panel "The Business of Books" at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. Modered by Conversations Book Club founder Cyrus A. Webb, join the 90-minute discussion as authors Recha Peay, Peron Long, Thomas Green Jr. and Valerie Wilson Wesley discuss their careers, the highs and lows of the book industry and answer your questions about things you should know while preparing to be a published author.
 
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 11-1p.m. CST --- Town Hall-Style meeting "Blacks and Obama: A vote of conscience, conviction or color?" Moderated by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb, this discussion will focus on the beliefs and positions of one of the men who wish to be the next President of the United States. It will take place at the Pearl Public Library (Old Brandon Rd. * Pearl, MS). Admission is free.
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 @ 12p.m. CST --- Conversations LIVE! will talk with Bestselling author Jewel Parks Rhodes for the hour about her incredible career and her new book YELLOW MOON. Listen live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive.
 
Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 6-8p.m. CST --- FORUM: "Blacks for Obama: A vote of conscience, conviction or color?" Moderated by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb, a panel will discuss issues that matter today to the black community and pinpoint where Obama stands on each subject. Those in attendance will be asked to give their opinion as to whether Obama deserves the Black Vote. This will be held at the Jackson Enterprise Building (HWY W *Jackson, MS). Admission is free.
 
Friday, August 29, 2008 --- Bestselling author Teresa Rae Butler becomes the 26th author to visit with Conversations Book Club in 2008. Visit http://www.thebestbookclub.info to see where she will be involved in activities in Mississippi.
 
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 1-5p.m. EST --- Converations, Fire Fly Publishing and The Street Life Series presents a "Book Lovers Day" in Atlanta, GA. For all the details, visit this link: http://conversationsbookclub.blogspot.com/2008/08/book-lovers-day-in-atl-ga-sat-august-30_23.html
 
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 7-9p.m. EST (Atlanta, GA) --- Town Hall-style meeting "Blacks and Obama: A vote of conscience, conviction or color?" Moderated by Conversations Book Club Cyrus A. Webb, this discussion will be held at the  Country Inn & Suites (759 Pollard Blvd. SW * Atlanta, GA 30315) and will focus on the beliefs and positions of one of the men who wish to be the next President of the United States. Admission free.
 
For more information about any of the above, feel free to contact Cyrus A. Webb at 601.896.5616 or cawebb4@juno.com. Details about Conversations Book Club can be found at http://www.thebestbookclub.info.
 
 

THIS WEEK: Should Blacks vote for Obama? Discussions explore the topic

Shadow Play Entertainment, the Hiphop and Books Literacy Initiative and their partners* are pleased to introduce their most intriguing panel discussion to date:

 "Blacks and Obama:

Vote of Conscience, Conviction or Color?"

Moderated by Cyrus A. Webb, the Founder of the Hiphop and Books literacy project, the public as well as select panelists take an in-depth look at the man who wants to be the President of the United States.

 

Questions to be addressed include:

*     Nearly ½ of all convicted felons are Black. Should their voting rights be restored after serving time?

*     Why is Obama worthy of the Black Vote?

*     Is the talk of change enough to make a difference?

*     Is a vote for Obama just a vote against McCain?

*     In November what will impact your vote the most?

 

 

*     Tuesday, August 26, 2008 @ 11a.m. (Pearl, MS) ---         

        PEARL PUBLIC LIBRARY (Old Brandon Rd.)

Town Hall-Style meeting designed to get people of all beliefs and backgrounds together to discuss what a vote for Obama really means.

 

 

*     Thursday, August 28, 2008 @ 6p.m.  (Jackson, MS) ---

        JACKSON ENTERPRISE CENTER (931 HWY 80W)

 Panelists recording artists Eddie Wright, Big Pap and Jokah the General, radio talk show host Berlinda White and Jackson Advocate Newspaper Asst. Editor Deanna Tisdale discuss Obama and what his nomination means for the country and Black America. Also joining the discussions will be community activist Valencia Robinson.

 

*     Additional sponsors for the event include Naked Conversations Radio Show, The 'N' Word Is Out organization, The Hip-Hop Chronicle, Crunk Magazine, YoRaps.com, Hype Magazine, The Drew Reports, Prohiphop.com, Kevin Weeks and The Street Life Series.

 

For more information contact Eddie Wright at 601.212.3207 or Cyrus A. Webb at 601.896.5616. Webb can also be reached via email at cawebb4@juno.com. Additional information will be posted at http://www.hiphopandbooks.com.     

 

EXCLUSIVE: Conversations talks with author Martha Tucker

She is one of many authors who have made the decision not to let the literary industry dictate the kind of writer she would be. With a life that embodies the arts, author Martha "Marti" Tucker walks to the beat of her own drum, and the result is her novel THE MAYOR'S WIFE WORE SAPPHIRES. So what sets her apart from others that have written a book and wanted to find success? What motivates her to pursue this seriously and not just for the fame? Martha tells you that and more in this exclusive conversation.Martha, thank you for taking out the time to talk with Conversations. For those who might not be familiar with you or your work, please give them a brief description.
My work is revealing the myriad of positive African American images that hardly anyone sees. I'm a firm believer that what we see is what we "be-come."

So for future generations of all races, I work to reveal the more realistic image of African Americans, those Black people who are not the dealers, sex fiends, entertainers and sports figures you always see in the media. Yes, we are those things, but we're a whole lot more.

I mentioned in my introduction that your life embodies the arts. Tell our readers where that love came from.
I believe that God created every human being for a purpose, to carry out an assignment He needed to be done. Now, no one in my family was artistic, so how did it happen? Well, God must have needed someone to bring the beauty, brilliance and resilience of African American people to the forefront. And that someone was me. So He gave me a love for the arts, groomed me to become a writer. He took a little nobody like me and taught me to know the difference between reality and appearances. I have sense enough to know there are fabulous African Americans in every arena you can think of, but we no one shows them to us, so to most they don't exist. I wrote a female Barack Obama type before I knew he existed. I gave my character some of the same political issues he has, because it expanded the image of our people to be bigger than our image, give us hope, and a belief in "yes, I can."
 

Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Book Lovers' Day" in ATL, GA--- Sat. August 30, 2008

JUST ONE WEEK AWAY...

Conversations Book Club, Fire Fly Publishing and The Street Life Series present "Book Lovers' Day" in Atlanta, GA. This will take place at the Country Inn & Suites (759 Pollard Blvd. SW * Atlanta, GA 30315) on Saturday, August 30, 2008 beginning at 1p.m.

Guest authors include Diane Dorce', Jean Holloway, Hotep, Supreme, The Street Life Series, Dwan Abrams, Thomas Green, Jr., Theresa Rae Butler and Electa Rome Parks! Sessions are moderated by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb.

Events include the following:
* 1-2:30p.m. --- Meet and Greet/Booksigning
* 3:00p.m. --- Forum: "The Joys and Challenges of a Published Author"
* 4:00p.m. --- Forum: "Why Read My Book?" The authors make their case!

ADMISSION TO ALL SESSIONS ARE FREE, however, all authors will have books available for purchasing. For details call 404.386.0290 or 601.896.5616. You can also email us at cawebb4@juno.com or visit us online at http://www.thebestbookclub.info.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

CBC's review of author Sydney Molare's "Devil's Orchestra" is this week's feature

Conversations Book Club founder Cyrus A. Webb is pleased to announce that this week's book review is of author Sydney Molare's novel "The Devil's Orchestra". (see link below)


http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080823/LIFE/808230309/1003
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Missed our interview with author Latrese Carter? Hear it here!

 
Conversations LIVE! spoke with Bestselling author Latrese Carter about her incredible career and what the success of her first book LIAR, LIAR has done to prepare her for what is to come with the new book REVELATIONS.  (SEE BELOW)
To listen to the interview, click on this link:
(NOTE: Bestselling author Travis Hunter was to join us for the second half-hour of the show, however, due to techinical difficulty his interview has been rescheduled. Instead you will hear music from the Hiphop and Books compilation cd during that time.)
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Listen to our interview with Bestselling author Thomas Kohnstamm here!

Did you miss our interview with Bestselling author Thomas Kohnstamm about his book DO TRAVEL WRITERS GO TO HELL? Conversations LIVE! is pleased to give you the link to the podcast of the discussion.
 
 
Kohnstamm made national news when word of his memoir become public, mainly because of the controversial issues that were said to be addressed. How much of the hype was real rather than imagined? We discuss that and more during the interview.
 
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Missed our conversation with Bestselling author Shelia E. Lipsey? Listen here!

On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Conversations LIVE! with C. A. Webb spoke with Bestselling author Shelia E. Lipsey*. The two discussed her beginnings as an author, the process going from self-publishing to a national publishing house, the impact of reviews and what is next in her exciting career. (See more below) She has easily become of the most celebrated authors of Christian fiction published by New York Times Bestseller Carl Weber. Shelia E. Lipsey of Memphis, TN has tasted success with her first two novels INTO EACH LIFE and SIN-SATIABLE, but her journey has not been easy. Tragedy, physical challenges and depression tried to destroy her, but she has used her faith and determination to overcome and succeed. Now as she prepares for what Conversations is calling her best work yet, My Son's Wife, we talk to her about how she has risen above it all and how you can do the same. (Click link below to listen to the interview)
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/08/20/Conversations-LIVE-with-C-A-Webb-Guest-Bestselling-author-Shelia-Lipsey
Music during the show is from inspirational artists Martha Simpson (Because You Loved Me), DPB (Raining Fire) and Sean Simmonds (My Life).  JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books! http://www.thebestbookclub.info

* Lipsey was chosen by Conversations Book Club as its Author of the Year 2008 and will be recognized in Mississippi on Sat. October 25, 2008.
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Conversations talks with Bestselling author Shelia E. Lipsey--- Wed. Aug. 20, 2008 at 12p.m. CST

Conversations LIVE! with C. A. Webb speaks with Bestselling author Shelia E. Lipsey* on Wed. August 20, 2008 at 12p.m. CST (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive)
She has easily become of the most celebrated authors of Christian fiction published by New York Times Bestseller Carl Weber. Shelia E. Lipsey of Memphis, TN has tasted success with her first two novels INTO EACH LIFE and SIN-SATIABLE, but her journey has not been easy. Tragedy, physical challenges and depression tried to destroy her, but she has used her faith and determination to overcome and succeed.
Now as she prepares for what Conversations is calling her best work yet, My Son's Wife, we talk to her about how she has risen above it all and how you can do the same.

To listen to the interview, live visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive and to join the conversation by phone call 1.347.426.3645.

JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books!

* Lipsey was chosen by Conversations Book Club as its Author of the Year 2008 and will be recognized in Mississippi on Sat. October 25, 2008.
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Watch Shelia E. Lipsey with autor Daphine Glenn Robinson discussing her career with C. A. Webb here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWZBtd95Kv4

Listen to Lipsey's first interview with Conversations LIVE! via conference call with Converstions Book Club here:
1)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g3ra-9lJUM
2)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7nISDOoQ74&feature=related
3)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q06YA6tDRYc&feature=related

Read our interview with Shelia E. Lipsey here:
http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewArticle.asp?id=35430

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

THE TIME IS NEAR: "Book Lovers Day" in Atlanta, GA (Sat. August 30, 2008)

Conversations Book Club, Fire Fly Publishing and The Street Life Series present "Book Lovers' Day" in Atlanta, GA. This will take place at the Country Inn & Suites (759 Pollard Blvd. SW * Atlanta, GA 30315) on Saturday, August 30, 2008 beginning at 1p.m.
Guest authors include Diane Dorice, Jean Holloway, Hotep, Supreme, The Street Life Series, Dwan Abrams, Thomas Green, Jr., Theresa Rae Butler and Electa Rome Parks!

Events include the following:
* 1-2:30p.m. --- Meet and Greet/Booksigning
* 3:00p.m. --- Forum: "The Joys and Challenges of a Published Author"
* 4:00p.m. --- Forum: "Why Read My Book?" The authors make their case!

ADMISSION TO ALL SESSIONS ARE FREE, however, all authors will have books available for purchasing. Each session is moderated by Conversations Book Club President Cyrus A. Webb. For details call 404.386.0290 or 601.896.5616. You can also email us at cawebb4@juno.com or visit us online at http://www.thebestbookclub.info.

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Listen to Conversations' interview w/Bestselling authors August Gold & Joel Fotinos

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Conversations LIVE! speaks exclusively to bestselling authors August Gold and Joel Fotinos for the hour about their collaboration THE PRAYER CHEST, the role of faith and prayer in our lives and why their novel has resonated with people across the world.
THE PRAYER CHEST was chosen as one of Conversations "Top 20 Summer Reads of 2008". Click the link below to hear the interview and find out why. Click the link below to listen to the podcast.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Conversations discusses "The Prayer Chest" with authors August Gold & Joel Fotinos

Join Conversations LIVE! radio show on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 10a.m. CST when host Cyrus A. Webb will interview both August Gold and Joel Fotinos, authors of "The Prayer Chest"!They will discuss their literary partnership, the purpose of the book and take your questions! Listen to the show live online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call in at (347) 426-3645.
In 2007, "The Prayer Chest" was named one of the year "Best Kept Literary Secrets", and in 2008 it has been named one of the summer's "Top 20 Summer Reads" of the year. Come see what all the excitement is about! JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books! http://www.thebestbookclub.info

Mon. August 18, 2008--- Conversations talks with author P. Elaine Archie, 7p.m. CST

Conversations LIVE! talks with author P. Elaine Archie on Monday, August 18, 2008 at 7p.m. CST.
Her writing taste has been compared with New York Times Bestselling author Zane, but P. Elaine Archie is blazing her own path and living her dreams as a writer. After teasing us with THE WEEKEND, she now brings us GETTIN' CAUGHT UP WIT' NINA.
Listen to the interview live at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call us at 1.347.426.3645.
Gettin' Caught Up Wit Nina was chosen as one of Conversations' "Top 20 Summer Reads of 2008".
Listen to the interview and find out why.
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Listen to Conversations LIVE!'s interview with Bestselling author John Saul

 
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Bestselling author John Saul has been pleasing as well as frightening readers for over 30 years---and now he joins Conversations LIVE! to discuss his career and new book FACES OF FEAR. This is one you don't want to miss!
This is John Saul's second interview with Conversations and his first full-hour interview since the release of the book six days ago. For more information on the author visit http://www.johnsaul.com.

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Mississippi hiphop artist uses car dealership to support literacy

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MS Hiphop artist uses car dealership to support literacy



Contact: Carlos “Jokah the General” Sims, recording artist/owner

Next of Kindredz Automotives

601.376.7567



Cyrus A. Webb, President/Founder,

Conversations Book Club & Hiphop and Books Literacy campaign

cawebb4@juno.com

601.896.5616



When Cyrus A. Webb,33, began Conversations Book Club in November 2006, it was with three members meeting once a week at the Medgar Evers Library in Jackson, MS. The meetings were open to everyone free of charge and those in attendance were able to either talk with authors each week on the phone or in person. Webb hoped that the interaction with the author would encourage those in attendance to want to read the book and then share what they had read with others.

Now in August 2008 Conversations Book Club is one of the most celebrated book club in the country, with seven chapters in Mississippi, one in Louisiana, another in Tennessee and meetings being held in Atlanta, Chicago, Little Rock and Baltimore. Not only did the word spread about that Webb was doing to encourage reading, but authors from all over the country joined with him—adding not only credibility but results to his literacy campaign.

There have been some challenges to the work that Webb had done, yet few would know it by looking at the results. One of the biggest hurdles has been that he has done all of this building without his own vehicle. “I never gave much thought to it really,” says Webb, “because things always seemed to work out. I would pay individuals to take us where we needed to go or I would be in a position to rent a vehicle to get from point A to point B. There have been times, though, that events would have to be rescheduled because I had no transportation.”


Beginning in September 2008, however, this will no longer be an issue. Next of Kindredz Automotives, a new car dealership in Jackson (MS), has agreed to donate a vehicle to help support the work that Webb is doing. Carlos “Jokah the General” Sims (seen above) has known Webb for over four years, and currently is being managed by him. Sims is also part of the Hiphop and Books coalition that Webb formed to encourage reading among music lovers. His group's song "Welcome 2 Da Jack" is featured online at http://www.hiphopandbooks.com as well as on the compilation cd produced by the organization. When he saw that there was a way he could help outside the music, he jumped at the opportunity.

“Cyrus does so much out of his own pocket to help others when it comes to reading and promoting the arts that I was glad to give something to him,” say Sims, 30. “Next of Kindredz is to help the people, and helping begins with family. He is like family to me, and I know this will help to keep his mission going.”

To date, Conversations Book Club has hosted more authors than any other book club in the country, over 50 to date! The group was recognized in February 2008 during a ceremony in New Jersey for its commitment to literacy, and Webb has been featured on BET and endorsed by recording artists such as C-Murder, Jon Boy (VH1’s The White Rapper Show), Universal recording artist Josh Gates and others.

During 2008 the group has been traveling around the country to encourage reading and strengthening its coalition to combat illiteracy.

For more information about Conversations Book Club or Hiphop and Books, visit http://www.thebestbookclub.info and http://www.hiphopandbooks.com.

Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 12p.m CST--- Conversations talks with author John Saul

Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 12p.m. CST --- Conversations LIVE! with C. A. Webb welcomes back International Bestselling author John Saul. The author began working with Conversations in 2007 and has been scaring readers for decades with over 30 titles in print. In a exclusive one hour interview, he will talk live with the Conversations audience about his long career and his new book FACES OF FEAR that was released in August 2008.
Listen live to the interview by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. You can join the conversations by calling in at (347) 426-3645. JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books! http://www.thebestbookclub.info.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Conversations LIVE! report: August 18-21, 2008 ---8 authors. 4 days. 1 radio show!

Conversations Book Club is proud to present the guests for its upcoming week on the internet radio show readers and authors are praising: Conversations LIVE! During August 18-21, 2008 we will talk with eight authors who are making a mark in their particular genre.
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 12p.m. CST --- International Bestselling author John Saul has been scaring readers for decades. He will talk live for the hour with the Conversations audience about his long career and his new book FACES OF FEAR that was released in August 2008.
 
Monday, August 18, 2008 @ 7p.m. CST --- Author P. Elaine Archie's writing style has been compared with the likes of Zane, however, she is blazing her own trail with seductive storylines like that found in her new book GETTIN' CAUGHT UP WITH NINA. She talks about what writing does for her and what she hopes her readers get from it. (NOTE: GETTIN' CAUGHT UP WITH NINA was chosen as one of Conversations Book Club's "Top 20 Summer Reads of 2008".)
 
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @ 10a.m. CST --- Bestselling authors August Gold and Joel Fotinos join us for the hour to talk about their careers, how their faith has shaped the decisions they have made and what led to their book THE PRAYER CHEST. (NOTE: THE PRAYER CHEST was chosen as one of Conversations Book Club's "Top 20 Summer Reads of 2008".)
 
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 @ 7p.m. CST --- Bestselling author Brandon Massey has been a friend of Conversations since 2004 when he appeared on our radio and television shows during his visit to Mississippi to promote his book DARK CORNER. Several bestsellers later he returns to the Conversations audience to discuss how his life has changed since his career began and tell us why we need DON'T EVER TELL, his newest thriller.
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 @ 12p.m. CST ---- Our 2008 Author of the Year, Bestselling author Shelia E. Lipsey, will join Conversations to talk about her highs and lows that have taken place this year, the struggles of remaining relevant in the literary industry and how she has turned the tables again for her readers in her new book MY SON'S WIFE.
 
Thursday, August 21, 2008 @ 7p.m. CST --- We will end the week with two authors that have made their mark in the literary industry. Beginning at 7p.m. CST we will talk with author Latrese Carter. She captured the attention of Conversations with her debut LIAR, LIAR. Now she is back on the scene with her latest offering REVELATIONS. At 7:30p.m. we will be joined by Travis Hunter, a man who has dedicated himself to improving the lives of young men one at a time. Beginning with THE HEARTS OF ME and contining with A FAMILY SIN, his thoughtful novels have garnered him national praise. What motivates him to write what he feels instead of what might be seen as popular? We will ask him!
 
Listen live to all of the above interviews by visiting http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. You can join the conversations by calling in at (347) 426-3645. JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books! http://www.thebestbookclub.info.
 
 
 
 

Conversations Book Club reviews "The Prayer Chest" by August Gold and Joel Fotinos

Conversations Book Club is pleased to announce that this week's book review is "The Prayer Chest" by bestselling authors August Gold and Joel Fotinos. The book was also chosen by the award-winning book club as one of its "Top 20 Summer Reads of 2008!"
Each week Conversations' Founder Cyrus A. Webb shares information about what he feels should be on your bookshelf. They can be found in print form every Saturday in the Clarion Ledger newspaper (Rankin Ledger insert). To read this week's review, follow this link: http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080816/LIFE/808160301/1003

Enjoyed the review? Then join Conversations LIVE! radio show on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at 10a.m. CST when Webb will interview both authors for the hour! They will discuss their literary partnership, the purpose of the book and take your questions! Listen to the show live online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive or call in at (347) 426-3645.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

Thurs. Aug. 14, 2008: Bestselling author Harrine Freman, Day 1

On Thursday, August 14, 2008 Bestselling author Harrine Freeman began her second trip to Mississippi with Conversations Book Club---and her visit couldn't be more timely!



Her book HOW TO GET OUT OF DEBT has been getting national attention this year, being featured in the July 2008 issue of ESSENCE MAGAZINE and the current issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine.


Making it into Mississippi late Wednesday night, her first order of business on Thursday was an hour-long interview on Conversations LIVE! radio show with C. A. Webb. During this time she talked about her own financial struggles, how she was able to become debt-free in less than four years and has created a business with clients all over the world all learning financial freedom. Also during the interview she outlined the six points in her book on how everyone can get out of debt.

To listen to the interview in its entirety, visis this link:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive/2008/08/14/Conversations-LIVE-with-C-A-Webb-guest-author-Harrine-Freeman

At 6p.m. the same evening she arrived at Subway Restaurant in Pearl, MS (HWY 80)for our discussion of her book with the Subway Conversations book club and others who attended. Thank you to everyone who came out and benefited from the 90-minute discussion/Q&A. Special appreciation goes to Subway for their continued commitment to our cause and to book club member Diane Johnston and Zane Bell of Primerica FInancial Services.

Freman will be doing interviews and a few events in Jackson, MS on Friday, August 15, 2008 before heading back to Washington D.C. on Saturday morning.

For more information, contact Cyrus A. Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Listen to Conversations LIVE! w/guest author Harrine Freeman---Thurs. Aug. 14, 2008


 
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Conversations LIVE! talks with Bestselling author Harrine Freeman for the hour about her book HOW TO GET OUT OF DEBT. Listen as she shares her 6 steps for obtaining your own financial freedom and see how you can benefit from her personal experiences. Freeman was recently profiled in Essence Magazine and Black Enterprise Magazine. For more information about her, visit www.adeptpublishers.com. To listen to the podcast of the interview click the link below!
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Conversations welcomes back author Harrine Freeman--- August 14-15, 2008

Conversations is pleased to welcome back Bestselling author Harrine Freeman to Mississippi!

Since she visited the state in March 2008, Harrine Freeman (author of HOW TO GET OUT OF DEBT) has been featured in Essence Magazine and Black Enterprise Magazine. Now she is back sharing information about how you can improve your financial health and relief some of the pressure caused by debt.

Join us during any of the following events (ADMISSION FREE):

Thursday, August 14, 2008
12-1p.m.---"Conversations LIVE!" talks with Harrine Freeman
www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive
6p.m. --- "How to Get Our of Debt" discussion @ Subway Pearl (3000 HWY 80E * Pearl, MS
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Friday, August 15, 2008
8-9a.m.-- "Breakfast with Books" @
Clarion Hotel (I-55N * off Briarwood Drive)
11-1p.m. ---- "Meet & Greet" @ Pearl Library (Old Brandon Rd. * Pearl, MS)
5-7p.m. --- Discussion w/Harrine @ Subway inside Wal-Mart, HWY 18 (Jxn, MS)

Her award-winning book HOW TO GET OUT OF DEBT will be on sale for only $10.00---50% off the retail price. Interested in a interview or discussion with Ms. Freeman? Contact Cyrus A. Webb at 601.896.5616 or via email at cawebb4@juno.com. Find out more information about Conversations Book Club at http://www.thebestbookclub.info.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Bestselling author Sherri L. Lewis talks with Conversations---Tues. Aug. 12, 2008 at 7p.m. CST

Join us for Conversations LIVE! with C. A. Webb* on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 7p.m. CST as we talk with Bestselling author Sheri Lewis. (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive) She is the author of Dance With Destiny and the book My Soul Cries Out which was chosen as one of our "Top 20 Summer Reads of 2008".
To listen to the interview live, visit http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive. You will also be able to join us in the chat room and pose your questions to Ms. Lewis as well!

Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life. Enjoy BOOKS!
* Conversations LIVE! is a division of Conversations Book Club. For more information, visit http://www.thebestbookclub.info.

Monday, August 11, 2008

20,000 hits and counting: Conversations Book Club says Thank You!

Hello, I am Cyrus A. Webb, President and Founder of Conversations Book
Club, and I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You to everyone
for your support.

When Conversations Book Club was formed in November 2006, it was with the
idea of bringing readers and authors together to discuss what they all
love: books! This was a goal I looked forward to because I was a lover of
books myself. At the time I was already writing book reviews and
interviewing authors for various publications so I had a ready arsenal to
start with in making the book club a success.

Since then we have hosted events in several states, formed partnerships
with organizations that now welcome authors and gives new authors the
same opportunities as more seasoned ones. Alot of work has gone into what
Conversations has done, and in the past I have been reluctant to reveal
all of the details about how Conversations has been able to accomplish
what it has. I think it is time, though, that you are given a look
inside.

The driving force behind Conversations has been me, the founder. We have
members "in spirit" because none of those who attend our events pay dues.
I am the one that arranges the schedules of authors. I am the one who
secures transportation for the authors. I am the one in most situations
that secures housing for the authors when they come to town---and I do
all of this for FREE. That's right, the authors pay nothing for this
service, nor or they asked to. There is no grant or salary given to me
for any of the things that I do with the book club. So why do I give up
so much of my time and money for something that I don't directly benefit
from? Again, I am a book lover and by connection a lover of authors who
give us great books. Since November 2006, I have given my all in order
for readers to have an opportunity to meet and greet with authors from
all over the country---and I don't regret any of it.

There are some things, however, that I do regret when it comes to dealing
with people---something that we all encounter from time to time, and that
is lack of appreciation. I have seen it come from other book clubs, even
though all of our events are open to the public, and I have seen it from
authors as well. Now, there was time when things that people say about
work I do or me personally would have shut me down; but I am here to tell
you that those days are long gone. The results of what Conversations has
done in less than 2 years can't be denied. We have hosted more authors
than any other book club (59 to date), had more conference call
discussions than any other book club, made it possible for authors that
were only known in certain circles to sit next to bestselling authors in
Wal-Mart, and we have made it clear that our organization is designed for
all: black, white, young and old. We are truly made for the people.

Days ago our main website http://www.thebesbookclub.info crossed the
20,000 hits mark and over the weekend that number continued to grow.
I have another 26 authors that I will be working with in person this
year, over double that number who will be guests on my online radio show
and 11 authors already booked for 2009.

The point? Regardless of what you hear, no matter what others say,
Conversations has made its mark and will continued to do so. The proof is
in the pudding. As for those who flaunder around us, just remember that
as in most groups the good always rises to the top. Those who were in it
for themselves will be weeded out. The readers and authors in the
literary game may change, but the game remains the same and goes on.

Again, thank you again for your continued support. This journey has been
one of experiences I will never forget---and it is only just beginning.

Enjoy your day. Enjoy your life. Enjoy your world. Enjoy BOOKS!
http://www.thebestbookclub.info
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TAKE TEN: Our Conversation with Author Sam Love

Author Sam Love came to the attention of Conversations in early 2008 and has kept our attention every since. The 61 year old native of Aliceville, Alabama has taken his love of the 60s and brought readers an enjoyable, unforgettable tale in the book ELECTRIC HONEY.
(Conversations Reviewed this book for the Clarion Ledger newspaper in July 2008. Read the review here: http://www.rankinledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080712/LIFE/807120311/1003)
Though written years ago, the message and social issues it addresses are beneficial for every generation as you will see in this interview.
• Sam, Thank you for taking out the time to talk with Conversations. Before we get into your book ELECTRIC HONEY, I want to talk about your desire to write. Where did it come from? Is it something you always knew you wanted to do?
Thank you for the work you do promoting books. I've often wondered why I have a desire to write. Something inside me keeps pushing me. I am a mix of Scott and Irish and they have a great tradition of story telling. I have a feeling it is one of those genetic problems medical science can't cure.

• I am always curious as to what authors enjoy reading and how much it coincides with the time period they write about. What about you? If I was to visit you at home, what would I find on your bookshelves?
I have always enjoyed the off beat. I loved "Gods in Alabama" for example or any of the books by Carl Hiaasen and Jodi Picoult. I just finished "The Diamond Cutter" about a Buddhist monk who goes to work in the diamond district in New York. I am also reading books now about the psychology of the workplace as research for another writing project.
• ELECTRIC HONEY takes us through several generations, however, the main story takes place in the sixties. What was it about that time that drew you to it?
I lived through the sixties and some of my friends didn't. I also feel we are living in a culture where memory is disappearing. We are overloaded with noise and information and our brains are forced to shed anything they don't need to function. I reference this in the Disclaimer in the front of "Electric Honey": "Much of this story relied upon my memory of Mississippi in the 1960's and since memory is disappearing from our culture, the story has all the accuracy of a fairy tale." I have thought about making a bumper sticker that says, "Remember Memory".

I do think the sixties was a period that many people want to forget. Parents are not proud of some of the things they did. The conservatives have also attacked some of the alternative values young people explored during that time. The peace, women's, and civil rights movements all opened up a Pandora's box of questions about a white male dominated, materialistic and militaristic society. It led to clashes in the culture that are still happening. I heard a debate last night on TV about the role of alpha males in corporations. Much of this discussion I first heard 40 years ago. I even have a section in "Electric Honey" that describes a meeting where the women break off into a "consciousness raising" session on "sister power". They discuss the role of women in the meeting and return to the main group with a list of demands. As they start listing their demands, some Neanderthals drive by in a pickup and fire a shotgun blast into the meeting. As odd as this seems today, it happened and I was there when the building got shot up in Mississippi. For years too many people voted with their shot guns in the state.
 
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Author Sam Love and his interview about ELECTRIC HONEY will be featured during the entire month of September 2008 as part of Conversations alliance with http://www.books2mention.com.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

BOOK LOVERS' DAY in ATL, GA --- Sat. August 30, 2008

Conversations Book Club, Fire Fly Publishing and The Street Life Series present "Book Lovers' Day" in Atlanta, GA. This will take place at the Country Inn & Suites (759 Pollard Blvd. SW * Atlanta, GA 30315) on Saturday, August 30, 2008 beginning at 1p.m.


Guest authors include Diane Dorice, Jean Holloway, Hotep, Supreme, The Street Life Series, Dwan Abrams, Thomas Green, Jr., Theresa Rae Butler and Electa Rome Parks!

Events include the following:
* 1-2:30p.m. --- Meet and Greet/Booksigning
* 3:00p.m. --- Forum: "The Joys and Challenges of a Published Author"
* 4:00p.m. --- Forum: "Why Read My Book?" The authors make their case!

ADMISSION TO ALL SESSIONS ARE FREE, however, all authors will have books available for purchasing. For details call 404.386.0290 or 601.896.5616. You can also email us at cawebb4@juno.com or visit us online at http://www.thebestbookclub.info.

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