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National Authors' Day at Southwest Library
National Authors' Day at Southwest Library

ATLANTA -- November 1st, is National Authors' Day! The rich tradition began in 1928 when Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement Women's Club embraced the idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors.

On November 1, 2014, the Southwest Library located at 3665 Cascade Rd, SW, will continue that tradition by welcoming two spokenword poets and four authors from the Atlanta area. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Authors:

Marissa Monteilh, a former relationship talk show host, commercial actress, and FOX TV news reporter, is the bestselling author of twenty-one novels and novellas, which also includes works under two pen names. Her latest title, Never Breathe Again, debuts on 11/25/14. She will soon release her first interracial romance novella under a pen name, and she also works as a ghostwriter under Silent INK. Feel free to join Marissa at www.marissamonteilh.com

Rhonda McKnight is the author of the Black Expressions Top 20 bestseller, A Woman’s Revenge (Mar 2013), What Kind of Fool (Feb 2012), An Inconvenient Friend (Aug 2010), Secrets and Lies (Dec 2009) and Breaking All the Rules (Oct 2013). She was a 2010 nominee for the African-American Literary Award in the categories of Best Christian Fiction Novel and Best Anthology. Originally from a small, coastal town in New Jersey, she’s called Atlanta, Georgia home for sixteen years. Visit her at www.rhondamcknight.net and www.facebook.com/booksbyrhonda and follow her on Twitter @rhondamcknight

Ravry Sloan is an Atlanta based, self-published author of two novels, Beyond the Blues and A Taste of Honey. Ravry has always enjoyed observing the interactions between people so when deciding to explore writing fiction novels and dealing with relationships seemed to be very stimulating to her thoughts. If you have never experienced a novel before then you are in for a real treat when reading Ravry’s sophomore novel, A Taste of Honey. Ravry is the proud mother of two beautiful children who inspire her to be great! Visit her website at www.ravrysloan.com, "LIKE" her author page at www.facebook.com/authorravrysloan, follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ravrysloan.

Marian L. Thomas is an award-winning author and dynamic story-teller with five engaging novels to her credit. Her books have been seen on national television stations such as, the Oprah Winfrey Network, Ovation and the A&E Network. She has been featured in print magazines, newspapers and a guest on many broadcast and online radio stations. Her titles, “My Father’s Colors” and “Strings of Color”, both received the USA Best Book Finalist Award. Mrs. Thomas’ books, are rich with ever-intriguing themes of race, family strife, love, courage, friendship and forgiveness. She writes contemporary fiction for women. Visit her website at www.marianlthomas.com and follow her on twitter @marianlthomas01.


The Poets:

Lesley Hudson is a captivating speaker, an actress, an author, a poet, a dancer and a mother who is filled with passion and energy. She was born in Vicksburg and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. In May of 2006, Hudson was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her strong faith and her positive attitude is how she was able to dance through the storm. One of the most important decisions she made was to live her best life. In August 2007, Hudson began writing and reciting her original pieces. She is the author of Dancing in the Rain, an Inspirational Poetic Journey through a Breast Cancer Survivor’s Heart and she is also the co-author of Life is an Attitude…The Power of Positive Living. You can watch Lesley weekly on Mocha Chocolate Mondays as she gives you a cup of inspiration to jump start your week! Visit her website at www.asklesleytospeak.com

 Darrell Mitchell, II is an inspiring poet, author, motivational speaker and CEO of DM INK publishing company. The author has written and published over ten books since 1999 and has also produced and written two spoken word albums, consisting of thirty recorded spoken word poems total, eight eBooks, a four piece line of artwork called “words in color”, and inspirational products from t-shirts to key chains. Darrell is also a seminar motivational speaker for The Black Writers on Tour workshop based out of Los Angeles, California. A few times a year he also performs and host events as a impresario at the L.A Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles which is also called the L.A Music center. Through his work the author has moved generations, influenced ideas, and empowered readers and listeners to enjoy life and achieve their dreams. www.dmthepoet.com