Authors Around Town

Last night was a big author night in Atlanta.  We had Chris Bohjalian (SECRETS OF EDEN) at the Margaret Mitchell House, and Dolen Perkins-Valdez (WENCH) at the Barnes & Noble in Buckhead.  I got out to hear Chris after interviewing him for the Midtown Review podcast earlier in the day (look for the interview next week!) and our newest contributor Ana Raquel headed over to the B&N to meet Dolen:

New York Times bestselling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s made her first book tour stop here in Atlanta last night at the Barnes & Noble in Buckhead and I was lucky enough to get to chat with her and some of the event organizers!

Dolen says her mom was not happy with the title WENCH, due to it’s profane connotation, but it just felt right to her, so she went with it.  And though we’d never judge a book by it’s title alone, it has obviously worked.  In fact, according to Wil Ennis, the B&N Community Relations Manager, Kathryn Stockett, author of the New York Time bestseller,THE HELP, says  WENCH, was one of her favorite books of 2010.

Dolen’s idea for the book came from her research about the relationships between a wench and her master. Since much of the information she was looking for was lost to history, she decided that a fictional version was the way to go. The book explores issue of love between a slave, Lizzie, and her owner.

Two of the author’s sisters joined the good sized crowd that settled in for the talk.  Dolen talked about slavery in general, noting that it lasted for 236 years and then went on to read the first chapter and host a lively Q&A session.

For those interested, the newly released paperback includes a resource guide with a list of books on the topic.  Dolen closed the lecture stressing the importance of documenting oral history before it’s lost forever.

— Ana Raquel, Regular Contributor and Author Chaser!

By | 2013-11-23T22:00:09+00:00 February 8th, 2011|Books, Buzz, News|7 Comments


  1. Mrs. Wordswork February 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Ana, Thanks for sharing this great article! Looks like a wonderful book. Mrs. Wordswork.

  2. Lynn Cullen February 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Excellent review, Ana Raquel. You’re a natural!

  3. Jose and Jennifer Hernandez February 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Ana Raquel, we missed your big smile, charisma and warm heart. Events like this come to show how much you are loved and admired by those who take time to get to know you. We are glad to have had that opportunity. Keep up the good work “Puertorican Domestic Diva”. Jenny and Jose Hernandez from Cincinnati, Ohio.

  4. Karon Wright February 9, 2011 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Wow! This is awesome! What a great job! Perfect for you! You go!!!!

  5. Cornelia Powell February 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Ana Raquel….thanks for sharing this link….great job w/ review. Look forward to reading more…Cornelia

  6. Vivian February 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Nice review! Sounds like an interesting book!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. June February 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Miss Ana, What a great report. Made me feel like I was there. Very informative. Do more!!
    Call me–Ready for lunch!!
    See ya’ soon,

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