Tom Dent Literary Festival
Sponsored by the African American Resource Center
November 7 - 9, 2002
Author's Talk: Blair Walker & Yolanda Joe
November 8, 2002
(l-r) City Librarian Gertiana Williams and Valencia Hawkins, Head of the African American Resource Center, are joined by authors Yolanda Joe and Blair Walker, who were the featured authors at an Author's Talk on the second day of the Tom Dent Literary Festival.

After reading the books Roots by Alex Haley and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, two books given to her by her grandmother on a return trip from Africa, best selling author Yolanda Joe said she knew she wanted to be a writer. She pays tribute to her grandmother by using the pen name Ardella Garland on her mystery writings, the latest of which is Hit Time.

Author Yolanda Joe autographs her latest work, Hit Time, for a reader.

If you are serious about being a writer you have to read, said author Blair Walker at the Friday evening Authors' Talk. Walker shared his experiences as a writer, before reading an excerpt from his latest mystery, Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes. Walker is author of several mysteries featuring the protagonist Darryl Billups. He is also author of the biographies of Reginald Lewis, the late African American billionaire, and Gregory Mathis, celebrated t.v. judge.

Author Blair Walker meets an admiring fan who was pleased with what Walker had to say.

City Librarian Gertiana Williams and other audience members enjoy discussions by authors Yolanda Joe and Blair Walker during the evening program held November 8 at the Main Library.

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