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We Speak Your Names

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I do a lot of speaking at colleges, universities, conferences and gatherings.
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My new novel, Till You Hear From Me, has an April 20, 2010, publication date! Till You Hear From Me (Ballantine/One World) returns readers to West End, the Atlanta neighborhood that has been the setting for my last four novels, and introduces Ida Dunbar, only daughter of the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon and self-described foot soldier for freedom. Unfortunately, Ida fears her father's criticism of the new administration may sidetrack her hopes of landing a job in the Obama White House. Returning home to try and talk to her father, Ida runs into Wes Harper, an old friend who has plans of his own for the Reverend and finds that going home is never as easy as it seems. Till You Hear From Me features a new cast of characters and brings back some West End regulars. Author appearances will be listed here soon!Seen It All

Seen It All and Done the Rest, was be published by Ballantine/One World in March 2008. The book is set in southwest Atlanta and introduces some new characters, including Josephine Evans, an actress at home on the stages of the world, but confused at the changes in her hometown, and Greer Woodruff, who is running out of patience and time, not necessarily in that order, as she tries to finalize her last big deal. It also catches up with some old friends from West End, the neighborhood that was the setting for my last three novels, including Zora Evans, Abbie Allen Browning, Peachy Nolan and Aretha Hargrove. Read Synopsis


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My husband, Zaron W. Burnett, Jr. is a writer too, and we often collaborate. He is the author of a novel, The Carthaginian Honor Society, the creator of the "Live at Club Zebra!" performance series and co-author with me of We Speak Your Names, the poem we did for Oprah's Legends Weekend.