OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY
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|101 Washington St., Toms River, NJ 08753-7625
Susan Quinn, Director
March 31, 2010
What: Award-winning novelists Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant to speak @ Barnegat
When: Tuesday April 13 @ 7 p.m.
Where: Barnegat library branch, 112 Burr Street – (609) 698-3331
CONTACT: Larry Meegan, 732-349-6200, ext. 5906
“Uptown” authors to visit “Downtown” Barnegat
TOMS RIVER – Good friendships endure. Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant have been friends for 25 years and for 20 years they have teamed up to collaborate on several writing projects, including the launch of a magazine and authoring six best-selling novels about contemporary African-American themes.
They will speak about their newest novel “Uptown” Tuesday April 13 7 p.m. at the Barnegat library branch, 112 Burr Street. It is their only Philadelphia-area stop during the book’s introduction tour.
DeBerry and Grant met when they were vying for the same modeling assignments. Their modeling careers led to the opportunity to launch “Maxima,” a fashion and lifestyle magazine for plus-size women. They then began collaborating on their first novel, “Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made.”
Their novels have been Essence Bestsellers, won Merit Awards for Fiction from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as well as a Book of the Year Award from the Blackboard Bestseller List/African American Booksellers Conference-Book Expo America.
They have formed a production company and begun work to bring two of their novels to the screen.
Their latest novel, “Uptown,” is the story of Avery Lyons who returns to New York City after 20 years working for the U.S. Foreign Service, and the conflict with her cousin Dwight, a land developer who has big plans to create a luxury high-rise development. The plans, that will change the face of Harlem forever, depends upon him securing the property, which Avery has recently inherited.
The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register or to obtain more information go to the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the branch (609) 698-3331.