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Children’s book author Angela Harris discusses the inspiration for her books with a guest before the program started.

Local Authors Share Novel Inspirations

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Young author Candace Todd strides down the red carpet as seasoned author Victoria Christopher Murray looks on with admiration.
Young author Candace Todd strides down the red carpet as seasoned author Victoria Christopher Murray looks on with admiration.

Delta Sigma Theta Red Carpet Event Highlights PW Writers

December 11, 2013, Prince William, VA–The Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PWCAC-DST) held its fourth Annual Red Carpet Showcase earlier this month. Delta Sigma Theta is an organization focused on public service, and events like the Red Carpet Showcase support its emphasis on educational development by promoting awareness and appreciation for literacy and the arts within local communities.

During the event, PWCAC-DST literally rolled out the red carpet for its invited authors, artist and pianist. All of the participants were from the Prince William and Washington, D.C. metro area.

 

 

A total of nine talented individuals showcased their work. Participants included:

  • NAACP Image Award winning and nationally acclaimed novelist
    • Victoria Christopher Murray: Never Say Never
  • First time authors
    • Tasha Fuller: It’s Bath Time Baby
    • Deborah Tompkins-Johnson: How Did They Do That? – Career Highlights, Triumphs & Challenges
  • Author and poet
    • Linda Moye: The Pledge – Life is Eternal and so is Love
  • Children’s book author Angela Harris discusses the inspiration for her books with a guest before the program started.
    Children’s book author Angela Harris discusses the inspiration for her books with a guest before the program started.

    Children’s book author

    • Angela Harris: Mommy, What’s a CEO?
  • Prince William student and aspiring writer
    • Candace Todd: To Live a Dream
  • Military fiction writer
    • Terron Sims: The Honor Series
  • Comic book designer and cartoonist
    • Eric Suggs, Jr. – The Artway Alliance
  • Young pianist from Howard University
    • Jame’ Jackson: Summertime and Man in the Mirror

Although the event was free to the community, the guests, who totaled more than 100, were treated to delicious refreshments, door prizes and a chance to meet the authors and purchase personally autographed copies of their books before and after the formal program.  

After a stroll down the red carpet, each author took their seat on the dais. Each one read an excerpt from their work and shared with the audience the inspiration for their writing. Ms. Jackson also shared her piano experience and why she chose the selections she played.  Her performance of Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror was a tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela.

Murray, one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors, and a 2001 and 2013 NAACP Image Award nominee, fascinated the audience when she said, “I knew at age seven that I would be a writer.”  She then went on to tell how her first story became an elementary school play.  She humorously noted that it was a “masterpiece” because it was “plagiarized” from other masterpieces and had characters such as three pigs, a girl in a red hooded cloak, three bears, a gingerbread man, etc.

The youngest of the featured authors, seventh grader Candace Todd, captivated the audience with the poise and maturity she displayed while sharing the motivation for her book, To Live a Dream.  She said with true conviction that she believed everyone should live their dream. Todd is also a past winner of the of the PWCAC-DST annual county wide Dr. Martin Luther King essay contest for elementary school students.

The Arts and Letters Committee Chairperson for PWCAC-DST, Melissa Davis said, “Our Chapter is thrilled to host this event to encourage literacy and exposure to the arts within our local community. It is exciting to watch it grow each year, as our number of participants increases, and we diversify the types of arts we present.”

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