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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

(Tues. June 28, 2011) Mississippi Welcomes NYT Bestselling author Wahida Clark


Conversations Book Club is excited to announce that New York Times Bestselling author Wahida Clark will be visiting the state of Mississippi for the first time on Tues. June 28, 2011. This is in association with the author's JUSTIFY MY THUG tour and is a one day only event!

Conversations Book Club President Cyrus Webb has coordinated the schedule for Ms. Clark and welcomes all readers from books clubs and reading groups from across the state and beyond to support this historic visit.

Below is the public schedule:

--- 9:30-11am., "Breakfast with Books" (Subway Restaurant * 112 Service Dr. *
Brandon, MS )
--- 1-3p.m., Meet & Greet/Signing (Medgar Evers Library * 4215 Medgars Evers Blvd *
Jackson, MS)
--- 5-7p.m., Booksigning (Borders Bookstore * 100 Dogwood
Blvd * Flowood, MS 39232

The host bookstore for Ms. Clark's visit is BORDERS BOOKSTORE (100 Dogwood Blvd * Flowood, MS 39232).

For questions about any of the events, contact Cyrus Webb at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616. You can also visit www.thebestbookclub.info or www.wclarkpublishing.com. JOIN THE ADDICTION: Get hooked on books!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Conversations' 50 Summer Reads of 2011


by Cyrus Webb for Conversations Book Club/Conversations Magazine

What does it take to be a great Summer read? For me the book has to be entertaining, educational and worth my sharing its message with others. In the past, Conversations has recognized 25 titles that I think would be perfect to take along with you during the Summer months and enjoy during your down time. Since I am celebrating my 36th birthday in July of this year, I then thought it would be fun to extend the list to 36 titles worthy of your consideration. So how did I end up with a list of 50? To be honest, the roster of authors I have had the pleasure of reading over the past year have made it much too difficult for me to narrow it down any further.

Here you have the titles that I have personally read and enjoyed and believe you will as well. For the first time in the 4 years I have compiled this listing, I am also including the publisher's information. Why? Because I think they deserve credit for producing what I consider to be amazing books. As is my custom I put all books on a level playing field, meaning you will find self-published authors here as well as established authors. This is important, because I think it shows how the world of publishing has changed and that what matters is not how you are published but what you are publishing.

Enjoy this roster of non-fiction and fiction titles, and make sure to let the authors know that you appreciate what they are doing for the world through books.


NON-FICTION TITLES (Listed in no particular order)

"The Paper Garden", Molly Peacock (Bloomsbury)
"A Happy You", Elizabeth Lombardo, MD (Morgan James)
"Pharoah", DaPharoah69 (KOE Publications)
"Lord Jennings", DaPharoah69 (KOE Publications)
"Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy" , Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (Penguin)
"The Warmth Of Other Suns", Isabel Wilkerson (Random House)
"Miracle Man", Robert B. Haas (Bascom Hill)
"Black and Bulletproof", Marcus Hardie (New Horizon Press)
"Evel", Leigh Montville (Doubleday)
"I Had Every Excuse To Fail, But I Chose None", Sebastian K. Young (Skybash Publishing)
"Running Scared", Robert Leon Davis (Kregel Publications)
"Soulshaping", Jeff Brown (North Atlantic Books)
"Life Is What You Make It", Carl Mathis (Tate Publishing)
"Year Of Our Lord", T. R. Pearson (Mockingbird Publishing)
"What Every Fat Girl Wants", Roxanne Harris (Unknown)
"Expand This Moment", John Selby (New World Library)
"Bad Dog (A Love Story)", Martin Kihn (Pantheon Books)
"The Way Of The Happy Woman", Sara Avant Stover (New World Library)
"Incognito", Michael Sidney Fosberg (Incognito, Inc.)

FICTION TITLES (Listed In No Particular Order)

"The Loss Of Certainty Series (Jackson/The Gamble/River Rising)", T. P.Jones (Synergy Books)
"Journal Of A UFO Investigator", David Halperin (Viking Publishing)
"Soul Trapper," F.J. Lennon (Atria)
"In The Shadow Of Swords," Val Gunn (Errant Press)
"More Boy Than Girl," Tony Lindsay (Penknife Press)
"The King Of Diamonds", Simon Tolkien (St. Martin's Press)
""Heartbreak Of A Hustler's Wife," Nikki Turner (One World/Ballantine)
"Private Sessions," Nigel Barto (I Universe)
"The Kitchen Daughter," Jael McHenry (Simon & Schuster)
"The Disgruntled Wives Club," Portia A. Cosby (Distinct Publishing)
"Dancing Her Dreams Away," Alretha Thomas (Diverse Arts Collective)
"Come Sunday Morning," Terry E. Hill (Urban Renaissance)
"Diary Of A Stalker," Electa Rome Parks (Urban Renaissance)
"Witches Of East End," Melissa de la Cruz (Hyperion)
"The Map Across Time," C.S. Lakin (Living Ink Books)
"Suspicions," Sasha Campbell (Dafina)
"Killing Them Softly," Roy Glenn (Escapism Ent.)
"The Butterfly's Daughter," Mary Alice Monroe (Simon & Schuster)
"Just Wanna Testify," Pearl Cleage (Ballantine Books)
"L. A. Summer," Sheryl Mallory-Johnson (Wanasoma Books)
"The Murderer's Daughters," Randy Susan Meyers (St. Martin's Griffin)
"Contrary Creek," Tom Walker & Mary Walker Baron (Wheatmark)
"Exposure," Therese Fowler (Ballantine Books)
"Caught In The Middle," Jennifer Luckett (nHouse Publishing)
"Split Second," Catherine Coulter (G. P. Putnam's Sons)
"Finding Frances," Janice M. Van Dyck (Winston Higgins Press)
"Now You See Her," Joy Fielding (Simon & Schuster)
"Stalina," Emily Rubin (Amazon Encore)
"Southern Discomfort," LaTonya Jones (Plenary Publishing)
"The Dawn Country," Kathleen O'Neal Gear & W. Michael Gear (FORGE)
"The Sandalwood Tree," Elle Newmark (Atria)

Our Summer Reads Of 2011 will be included in our Summer Issue of Conversations Magazine that is being released on June 13, 2011. Find details at www.conversationsmag.com.

To find out information about past titles featured on Conversations' Summer reading list, visit www.thebestbookclub.info. CONVERSATIONS: Feeding Your Love Of Life!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Conversations Presents 20 Must-Read Books For Young Readers


by Cyrus Webb (appears in the May/June Issue of Conversations Magazine)

When it comes to books for children and young readers, Conversations and company Shadow Play Entertainment are committed to celebrate titles that both entertain as well as inform. As summer approaches, this issue seemed as good of a time as any to recognize some of the books we have enjoyed and recommend as well as the authors and publishers that made them possible.

These are what we consider must-reads, and it is our hope that you will give them some consideration as you make plans for this summer's "To Do" list (Listed in no particular order):

* "Let's Get Ready For First Grade!" by Stacey Kannenberg (Cedar Valley Publishing)
* "Ella B. Jenkins Meets President Barack Obama" by Eve Lynne and Desiree Thomas Gordy (Robijo Publishing)
* "Too Tall Alice" by Barbara Worton (Great Little Books, LLC)
* "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters" by Barack Obama (Alfred A. Knopf)
* "Mr. Browne and the Rose Show" by M. Beatryce Shaw (Schooner Publications)
* "The Chip: A 21st Century Superhero" by George Jack (Langdon Street Press)
* "Rico The Seagull, Making The Best Out Of A Mess" by April Mahoney (A Good Person Publishing)
* "Color Struck" by Pamela & Joel Tuck (Joechel Books)
* "The Rivalry" by John Feinstein (Alfred A. Knopf)
* "Louisa" by Richard Emmel (Parson Place Press)
* "Be Real And Great Now" by Zenaida Roy-Almario (BRAGN)
* "Adventures of Rusty & Ginger Fox" by Tim Ostermeyer (Synergy Books)
* "The Sons Of Liberty" by Alexander Lagos and Joseph Lagos (Random House)
* "Hairy Harry" by Debra Christenson (Publish America)
* "The Skinny On Bullying" by Mike Cassidy (Rand Media Co.)
* "Before There Was Mozart" by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome (Schwartz & Wade Books/Random House)
* "The Fenway Foul-Up" by David A. Kelly (Stepping Stones Books/Random House)
* "Trouble In Troublesome Creek" by Nancy Kelly Allen (Red Rock Press)
* "The Young Professionals" by Models For Success (Rathsi Publishing)
* "Miracle In Sumatra: The Story Of Gutsy Gus" by Jeanne McNaney (Ovation Books)-

Already enjoyed some of the titles we have listed? Share your thoughts on www.conversationsmag.com and www.amazon.com. Know of some great books that didn't make our list? Let us know of those as well! You can also contact me directly at cawebb4@juno.com or 601.896.5616.

Looking for some great adult books to add to your collection? You can find selections by visiting www.thebestbookclub.info. CONVERSATIONS: Feeding Your Love Of Life.
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