Harlem Writers Guild Member Submitted For NAACP Image Award Consideration
New York, NY (December 18, 2013) -- Love Changes, the debut novel by Eartha Watts-Hicks has been submitted for NAACP Image Award consideration. The NAACP Image Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.
Members of a 300-person nominating committee and 20 sub-committees will have until December 30, 2013 to select from an unprecedented number of submissions, nearly 1,600 entries for the 54 award categories. Nominees will be announced at the Television Critic Association Winter Press Tour on January 9, 2014, in Pasadena. The 45th NAACP Image Awards Ceremony will be broadcast live from Pasadena on Saturday, February 22, 2014 on TV One.
On June 13, 2013, the author and Harlem Writers Guild member was presented with the Just R.E.A.D. (Recognize Education Achieves Destiny) Award for fiction from the NYCHA branch of the NAACP. The NAACP New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) branch was established in June of 1969. It is the only city agency NAACP branch. Their Just R.E.A.D (Recognize Education Achieves Destiny) campaign was launched in 2013 to help put an end to gun violence by promoting literacy in underserved African American communities. Love Changes, a self-published novel, was also a finalist in the romance category.
Here's what others are saying:
"Let me tell you I have not read such a well written book by a self-published author in a long time. I'm really enjoying this book." -- Leona Romich of OOSA Book Club (via Twitter)
"Eartha Watts-Hicks has written a touching story that captures the bittersweet, often agonizing, love between generations. A beautiful first novel!" -- Valerie Wilson Wesley, author of "Playing My Mother's Blues" and the "Tamara Hayle Mystery Series"
"...Eartha Watts-Hicks puts some young women's lives in perspective. It's extremely well-written. Reading about the reality of what's really happening in many young women's lives is enlightening. Perhaps this novel can change a young woman's path and allow her to see what a difference an education can make." -- New York Amsterdam News
About Author Eartha Watts-Hicks and "Love Changes"
Eartha Watts-Hicks is the former director of publications for Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association (COSIA), as well as an active member of Project Enterprise and the esteemed Harlem Writers Guild. She has received a certificate in Advance Fiction writing from the Hurston/Wright Foundation and is a fellow of the North Country Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color. A PR writer and affiliate of BlackPR.com, Eartha has contributed writings to several online publications, including Harlem World Magazine, TheUrbanBookSource.com, and FutureExecutives.org.
Ten years in the making, her debut novel infuses original poetry, song lyrics from 80's and 90's popular music, and prose, giving birth to an inspiring tale of friendship and love. Love Changes was edited by Grace F. Edwards, it is sure to be an urban literary classic.
For more details, visit www.earthatone.com or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/earthawattshicks.lovechanges
About the Harlem Writers Guild
The Harlem Writers Guild (HWG) was founded by wordsmiths/scholars/activists Rosa Guy, John Oliver Killens, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, Willard Moore, and Walter Christmas in 1950 to develop and aid in the publication of works by writers of the African Diaspora. Membership has included Grace F. Edwards, Lorraine Hansberry, Sarah Elizabeth Wright, Audrey Lorde, Walter Dean Myers, Ruby Dee, Paul Robeson, Maya Angelou, and Terry McMillan. HWG has been in continued existence since its inception, making it the longest running African American literary organization. Eartha Watts-Hicks has been an active member since 2009.
Love Changes is published by Earthatone Books in association with the Harlem Writers Guild.
ISBN-13: 978-0-578-03024-1 • Paperback $18.95 • 378 pages • Size: 6x9
Available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other book retailers nationwide.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
To order advance copies and preview chapters of Love Changes, visit Eartha Watts-Hicks's author website, www.earthatone.com. To preview or purchase the song "Baby You're the Only One 4 Me," the first single from the Love Changes companion music soundtrack, visit: http://bit.ly/yW69Ag. For readings, book signings, speaking engagements, press and media inquiries including promotional photos, interviews, and guest blogging requests, please contact T.T. Brooks at 212-252-6859 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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