Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Celebrate E. Lynn Harris at a Bookstore Near You

This Friday numerous authors are paying tribute to writer E. Lynn Harris in bookstores throughout the country. Harris was another talent we lost too soon this summer. According to Black Voices, the 54-year-old reportedly "died of heart disease, complicated by high blood pressure and hardening arteries." BV also reports Harris is the only black author to have 10 back- to- back bestselling novels. More importantly his novels, which centered on black down-low life, opened dialogue about black homosexuality.

It's unfortunate that his books have yet to become films. Getting actors of color on screen is a major diversity obstacle already. Maybe making a movie about gay people of color is pushing it in Hollywood. Still, Harris had a great career and his stories impacted many readers and writers. Celebrate the life and legacy of E. Lynn Harris this Friday, Sept. 25 at a bookstore near you. Below is a listing of cities and bookstores from Black Voices. Harris' new novel "Mama Dearest" just hit stores a few days ago.

Speak Your Mind: I have never read a E. Lynn Harris novel. GASP. I know, I know. But you can change that. What is your favorite E. Lynn Harris book? Which ones should I read?

Barnes & Noble @ 7:00 pm
1819 Reisterstown Road
Phone: 410- 415-5758
Hosted by: Tracie Howard

Books-A-Million @ 7:00 pm
140 Wildwood Pkwy
Phone: 205-942-4220
Hosted by: Brandon Harris

Joseph Beth @ 7:00 pm
Legacy Village
24519 Cedar Road
Phone: 216- 912-1975
Hosted by: Lolita Files

Borders @ 7:00 pm
2210 W. 95th Street
Phone: 773-445-5471
Hosted by: Yolanda Jo

Barnes & Noble @ 7:00 pm
7700 West Northwest Hwy
Phone: 214-739-1124
Hosted by: Mary B. Morrison

Borders @ 7:00 pm
5601 Mercury Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: 313-271-4441
Hosted by: Terrance Dean

Barnes & Noble @ 7:00 pm
7626 Westheimer
Phone: 713-783-6016
Hosted by: ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Books-A-Million @ 7:00 pm
25A 1910 Wells Road
Orange Park, FL
Phone: 904-215-2300
Hosted by: Tina McElroy Ansa

Presented by Pyramid Books
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center @ 6:30 pm
500 West Ninth Street
Phone: 501-372-5824
Hosted by: Celia Anderson and Rhonda Holmes

Barnes & Noble @ 7:00 pm
Livingston Mall
112 Eisenhower Parkway
Phone: 973-758-1310
Hosted by: Karen Hunter and Dr. LaJoyce Brookshire

ESO Won Books @ 7:00 pm
4311 Degnan Blvd.
Phone: 323-290-1048
Hosted by: Tananarive Due and Eric Jerome Dickey

Afro-American Book Stop @ 5:30 pm
7056 Read Blvd
Phone: 504-243-2436
Hosted by: Clarence Nero and Ms. Dupre

Borders @ 7:00 pm
10 Columbus Circle
Phone: 212- 823-9775
Hosted by: Erika Kendrick and Sean Lewis

Borders 21 @ 12:30 pm
1 S. Broad, Suite 100
Phone: 215-568-7400
Hosted by: Brenda L. Thomas

Barnes & Noble @ 7:00 pm
7804 Abercorn Extension
Phone: 912-353-7757
Hosted by: Dr. Bertice Berry

Borders @ 7:00 pm
931 Capital Centre Blvd
Largo, MD 20744
Phone: 301-499-2173
Hosted by: Victoria Christopher Murray and Kimberla Lawson Roby


  1. I remember reading E. Lynn Harris' Invisible Life my freshman year of college. Some of my dormmates and I would gather in a room and read sections out loud, gasping and oo-ing all the while. His books were more than good fiction. They were a shockingly entertaining learning experience.

  2. I heard his stuff was juicy. I'll start with Invisible Life which I believe is his first novel. Thanks girl!


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