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New Orleans Recreation Development Comission to Host Meet and Greet with Local Authors

May 20, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City announced that the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission will host a meet and greet with local authors on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Joe W. Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will feature readings from authors Veronica Brown and Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy. Guests will also meet local authors Clarence Nero, Christee Atwood, David Atwood, Khalif Aziz, Monique Moliere Piper, Debbie Knatt Jones, Anaya Kay, Sheletta D. Matthews and Wendy S. Russo.

Veronica Brown is the author of The Daughter of the Puppet King. She is a certified Special Education teacher with a degree in English/Creative Writing from LSU.

Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy is a celebrated author and folklorist. She is an associate professor of English, founding Director of Creative Writing and is also the Director of the Daniel C. Thompson/Samuel Du Bois Cook Honors Program. Dr. Saloy’s first collection of verse, Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Poems, won the 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize in poetry.

Clarence Nero is an author, screenwriter, educator and founder of the Bayou Soul Writer's and Reader's Conference.  His first novel, Cheekie: A Child Out of the Desire, was critically acclaimed and is loosely based on his childhood. Maya Angelou called him “one of our most promising young writers.

Christee Atwood is an award-winning author, speaker, workshop facilitator and humor columnist. She has written five business books, three humor books, and facilitated personal and professional development classes.

David Atwood’s latest book, Find Your Way Home, is a collection of poems that share the adventures of coming of age in Louisiana and the experience of seeing that home carried into the waves of history.

Khalif Aziz, author of The Magikh Series, is a 15-year-old New Orleans native.  Aziz intriguingly combined his passion for Egyptology and physics into captivating literature and fun adventures for kids.

Monique Moliere Piper is the author of Dance in the Sun and CEO of On Purpose Coaching. Piper has appeared as a featured author on CBS and as a contributor to online publications.

Debbie Knatt Jones is a special education teacher and author of Maurice: As Read to the Students in Room D183 & D184. The book includes math, art, science lessons and reading strategies for elementary and middle school students.

Anaya Kay is an author that believes that life is all about adventure and enjoys traveling, spending time with family and reading. Kay is also an alumni of McDonogh 35 Senior High School and Xavier University.

Sheletta D. Matthews, an evangelist and author of P.I.M.P.E.D. Pushed Into My Purpose Everyday, created a book that reveal how to turn personal tragedies into triumph.

Wendy S. Russo began writing in the sixth grade and is a published poet. She is an IT Analyst at LSU and enjoys watching films by Quentin Tarantino.

The Local Authors Book Fest is presented by the NORDC Cultural Programs Department of NORDC. For more information, visit  or call (504) 658-3000.



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