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Stephanie Stokes Oliver, author of Daily Cornbread: 365 Days for a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit and Seven Soulful Secrets: For Finding Your Purpose and Minding Your Missions, will switch gears and pen a memoir about her father, Charles M. Stokes, Seattle's first African-American state senator and a prominent Republican. Stokes Oliver is the founding editor of Heart & Soul magazine and former editor of Essence. Malaika Adero at Atria/Pocket Books acquired the rights at auction from Victoria Sanders of Victoria Sanders and Associates.

Crown editor Chris Jackson acquired veteran film director Reginald Hudlin's (House Party, Boomerang, Bebe's Kids) new book One Nation Under a Groove, based on the classic P-Funk album of the same name. Jackson describes the book as a "remarkable, sci-fi story about race, music, and the everlasting quest for funkiness." Hudlin is represented by Lydia Willis of The Artists Agency in Los Angeles.

Romance writer Carmen Jones signed a two-book deal with Gena Pearson at Avon trade paperbacks for What a Fool Believes and a second untitled book. Both books will be women's fiction, and publishing dates have yet to be set. Jones' agent is Manie Barton at the William Morris Agency.

Felicia Mason signed a deal with editor Monique Patterson at St. Martin's Press for a new book Rhythms and 'Dos. Mason's agent is Donald Maas of the Donald Maas Literary Agency.

Carol Mackey, editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Book Club has acquired book club rights to God's Gift to Women by Michael Baisden, P.G. County by Connie Briscoe, A Man Most Worthy by Marcus Major. All three titles will be main selections of the club.

Amber Books has acquired the paperback rights to the Hal Jackson story, The House That Jack Built by Hal Jackson with James Haskins from HarperCollins. Hal Jackson is the host of Hal Jackson's "Sunday Morning Classics" on WBLS, the #1 rated weekend FM show nationwide for over a decade. He is also the first African-American inducted into both the Broadcast Hall of Fame and the Radio Hall of Fame. The paperback will be released in November 2002 under the Colossus Books imprint of Amber Books. Dawn Davis of Amistad/HarperCollins, Robert Spitzer of HarperCollins and Tony Rose of Amber Books handled the deal.

Van Whitfield, author of Beeperless Remote, Something's Wrong With Your Scale and Guys in Suits is hosting BET's new show Turn-Style. The half-hour show, which airs Tuesday at 9 pm ET, with an encore on Thursday at 8 pm, delves into the lives of prominent African Americans and their rise, fall, and rise again to the top of their respective fields. The premier episode featured rapper Nelly while future subjects include Lauryn Hill, Tommy Davidson, Meshelle Ndegeocello, Courtney B. Vance. Juan Dixon with more to come. When asked about his new show, Whitfield says, "Turn-Style represents BET'S new commitment to original programming. I'm excited to be involved and working with such a talented group."

Events Corner
Symposium for African-American
Male Fiction Readers
November 8-9, 2002
Clark Atlanta University
Davage Auditorium

Join many of your favorite African-American male authors as they come together and discuss their concerns about the state of fiction. Writers scheduled to attend include Vincent Alexandria, Steven Barnes, Chris Chambers, Eric Jerome Dickey, Brian Egeston, Tracy Grant, Brian Keith Jackson, RM Johnson, Timmothy McCann, Victor McGlothin, Steve Perry, Earl Sewell, Blair Walker and more.
Jambo, Watoto Children's Book Festival
November 16, 2002, noon to 4 p.m.
Windsor Hills Elementary School
Baltimore, MD

Calling all kids, parents, teachers, librarians, grandparents, godparents and anyone else who believe in the value of literature for our children! Authors and illustrators will be on hand to promote a variety of books designed for black children. Sponsored by the Ripe Harvest Foundation. For more information call 410-358-8604 or visit
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