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    Kimani at the BEA
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  • Published: May 31st, 2009

On Thursday Maria and I stopped in at the African American Book Industry Professionals Reception.  It was a festive atmosphere with lots of authors, books, fans and amazing food.  Could you want for more?  We had the pleasure of seeing Rochelle Alers again who was signing her book Naughty. Sitting next to her was Michelle Monikou signing her 2010 release Trail of Kisses.  And we also met YA author Earl Sewell.

On Friday we stopped at the Harlequin booth. (I could live there. Almost every hour featured a book signing with at least four authors.) An hour was devoted to Kimani authors and we had the chance to meet and visit with Brenda Jackson who was signing Temperatures Rising.  She had us laughing as she told us a story about her son, a recent Columbia Film School graduate.  Brenda wanted to make sure he hadn’t slept his way through his courses and to prove to his mother that he was wide awake and taking notes, he produced several ‘book trailers’ of her books. You can view them on her website.

We also had a great conversation with Brie Edmonds-Ashton the Marketing Manager at Kimani Press. We’re going to be brainstorming with her during the next couple of weeks to bring a Monthly African American Romance Column to RNTV. Author news, books and interviews.  Maria and I are looking forward to working with Brie on this new segment; and we’re looking forward to introducing you to authors and books that may be new to you.

4 Responses to “Kimani at the BEA”

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  1. KatiDancy
    on May 31st, 2009
    @ 9:24 am

    Thanks for the report, Marisa! I love hearing about BEA and am so jealous!

  2. PJ
    on May 31st, 2009
    @ 10:03 am

    Sounds like a great monthly addition to the RNTV lineup!

    I’m enjoying the reports of your BEA adventures but, like Kati, I have to admit I’m so jealous! 😉

  3. Marisa
    on May 31st, 2009
    @ 10:12 am

    Kati and PJ – we really wish all the women of RNTV could have been there. You should have seen Kate, Maria, Stacey and I. We didn’t know where to go first. We’ll continue reporting throughout the week on what we saw and what we learned. And yes, we’re looking forward to the AAA monthly column.

  4. Gannon
    on May 31st, 2009
    @ 11:18 am

    Color me green with envy, too! 😉 But I am enjoying living vicariously through your adventures at BEA, dear M’s. Can’t wait to hear more.

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