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06.30.04 11:55 AM

meet the writers @ barnes & noble new york

Throughout the month of July various writers will hit up a few Barnes & Nobles stores in New York to meet with the public. Following is a list of a few who are not necesarily on my radar, but they do have either some "urban" or "music" cache.


Ronin Ro will appear at the Chelsea shop @ 7 PM on July 9. His latest title Tales to Astonish; Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution. This writer is also the author of Bad Boy: The Influence of Sean "Puffy" Combs on the Music Industry, Gangsta: Merchandising the Rhymes of Violence, Have Gun Will Travel: The Spectacular Rise and Violent Fall of Death Row Records, and the novel Street Sweeper.

Tonya Lewis Lee, wife of Spike Lee has written a novel with Crystal McCrary Anthony, former attorney turned romance novelist. Their collaboration is a novel entitled Gotham Diaries. They'll appear at the B&N @ Lincoln Triangle @ 7PM on the 9th.

Erica Kennedy who has written about fashion and entertainment for US Weekly, Vibe, and In Style, has written a novel about hip-hop glitz and glamour called Bling. Shell be at the Astor Place location on July 22 @ 7:30 pm.

Eric Jerome Dickey, a romance fiction writer in the tradition of Terry McMillan, drops his 15th book in July. Dickey's latest tome, Drive Me Crazy, will be his topic on July 22 @ 7:30 PM @ the Upper West Side B&N.

Chuck Klosterman, senior writer for SPIN, who had a banging article on Metallica's group therapy movie in a recent sunday edition of The New York Times Magazine, will make his was to the Astor Place B&N on July 27 @ 7:30 PM with his latest book, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. Publishers Weekly says: "[D]espite sparks of brilliance, [it] fails to cohere....[A] skilled prose stylist with a witty, twisted brain....Remove all the dated pop culture analyses, and [it] has enough material for about half a really great memoir." And that's a lot better than some of the words his last book, Fargo Rock City, received.

Zane has another joint dropping and it's called Nervous. She'll be at Rockerfeller Center on July 28 @ 1 PM. And I want to put the rumors to rest, yes a woman can write these erotic, passionate stories. I've talked to her on the phone. She's a pretty shrewd business woman with a good head on her shoulder, who simply loves to write. She writes something every damn day of her life - and has a vivid imagination. So kill the rumor that only a man could write like that.

Will I get out to see any of them? Probably. Because very recently I started wondering why I've never pursued writing fiction. It's as big as hip-hop nowadays. Well, commercially that is.

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