Monday, March 18, 2013

Attention literary lovers and aspiring authors: Pride Public Relations is sponsoring a "Charlotte Book Chat" this Saturday, March 23, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Barnes and Noble at Carolina Place Mall (11025 Carolina Place Parkway). The event will be hosted by New York Times Best-Selling Author Omar Tyree, who resides in Charlotte, and will feature a group of local authors: Kenston Griffin, Cheris Hodges, Brian Willis, and Glen Wright.

“This event is an opportunity to celebrate and support the talented authors we have here in Charlotte,” Nepherterra Estrada, partner and director of public relations at Pride Public Relations, said in a statement. “We have a wealth of literary talent in our community, which is why this event has such a stellar line up."

Omar Tyree

Attendees will be able to purchase books on a variety of topics, ranging from financial empowerment to romance; they'll also have a chance to talk one-on-one with the authors, and have their books autographed. The authors will also share their perspectives on a number of issues during the chat with Omar.

I had the opportunity to meet and interview Omar for an article a few years ago, and I know Cheris and Brian personally. This should be a worthwhile event.

About the Authors

Omar Tyree is a best-selling author, lecturer, consultant, and entrepreneur who has written more than 16 books that have sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide. He has been recognized as one of the most renowned contemporary commercial writers. He is a 2011 NAACP Image Award recipient for Outstanding Literary Work in Fiction, and a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Award winner for Body of Work in Fiction.

Kenston Griffin is a nationally known motivational speaker and the author of three successful books: New Days, New Ideas; If Better is Possible, Good is No Longer an Option; and Your Turning Point Starts Now. He is the founder and currently serves as CEO of Dream Builders Communication, Inc

Cheris Hodges is the author of Recipe for Desire and a dozen other books, and is currently working on two new ones. She's a South Carolina native who graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in 1999, all while working on her first novel. Although she lives in Charlotte, she sticks to her South Carolina roots in her novel A Love of Her Own, setting it in Columbia.

Brian Willis is the author of Help! I’m Drowning in Debt, is the chair of the Economic Empowerment at 100 Black Men of America, and is a speaker at Wealth Builders Consulting. His book shares stories of his experiences during his 20-year journey as a financial advisor and credit specialist, and offers words of wisdom that are designed to help readers through their journey toward better credit and financial management.

Glen Wright II is the co-author of The Financial Shepherd, a book written to help readers overcome obstacles of financial despair, to abandon old habits and to adopt new ways of thinking about money. He founded Worth Financial Advisory Group, which has offices in Charlotte, Detroit, and Nashville.


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