I was inspired to create this post by Eventbrite and since it falls right in line with something that I have been working on lately (more on that in a later post) I thought it would be perfect as my first post of May. With the amazing opportunity to create my dream book conference panel, I was inspired to put together the following incredible conference.
Since I have an affinity for Southern literature, which isn’t at all surprising considering that my family are Southerners, I would have the conference at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
My conference would consist of different sessions. Ta’Nehisi Coates would moderate and Alex Haley would be the keynote speaker.
One session would be “Classic Voices” and would feature some of my favorite authors and poets with:
Zora Neale Hurston
The next session would be “Southern Ladies” with:
I would also want to feature several of my favorite fictional characters so I would have the “True Character” session with:
Atticus, Scout, Jem, Boo and Cal from To Kill A Mockingbird
Delia from “Sweat”
Missy May from “The Gilded Six Bits”
Laiyah from Mine to Have and Mine to Keep
The entire Serendipitous Love gang especially Charlie and Nix!
Iris and Rob from The Truth
Fire from Waiting in Vain
Then because I love mystery there would be a session devoted to that genre “Don’t Forget to Look Behind You” with:
Rachel Howzell Hall
The “Voices of the Diaspora” session would feature my favorite Caribbean writers with:
Since I love romance there would be a session titled “A Love Thing” with:
Christina C. Jones
E. Lynn Harris
And finally, there would be a session with a few women writers that I admire for their various writing styles and topics with:
Leslie Esdaile Banks
What do you think? Would you attend this conference? Who would be on your panel?
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