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    Author Visits: Carl Weber and Elaine Richardson

    9/11/2013 3:14:25 PM

    The Cleveland Public Library presents two authors, New York Times bestselling author Carl Weber at the Harvard-Lee Branch and Dr. Elaine Richardson, Ph.D. at the Rice Branch.

    Carl WeberCarl Weber

    Friday, September 27
    6:30 p.m.

    Harvard-Lee Branch

    16918 Harvard Ave.

    Carl Weber says that his path to writing was a bit rocky:  “I am a lifelong reader and wanted to write, but I wasn’t the best English student.”  Still, when he realized the growing importance of African-American fiction to readers and publishers, he couldn’t resist putting pen to paper.   His first novel, Lookin’ for Luv (2000), provided a new and unexpected look at relationships from the male perspective and quickly gained positive responses from both readers and critics alike. 

    Carl Weber is the New York Times bestselling author of novels including The Family Business (2012), The Choir Director (2011), Up to No Good (2009), Something on the Side (2008), The First Lady (2007), Player Haters (2004), Baby Momma Drama (2003) and Married Men (2001).  He also co-wrote the “he said, she said” novel She Ain’t the One (2006) with Mary B. Robinson.  His newest novel, The Family Business 2 hit bookstores and online retailers on September 1, 2013. 

    In addition to his writing, Weber is the founder and publisher of Urban Books and the owner of the Urban Knowledge chain of bookstores.  His writing and business achievements have earned prestigious tributes including Blackboard’s Publisher of the Year and Bookseller of the Year Awards.

    Dr. Elaine RichardsonDr. Elaine Richardson

    Saturday, September 28
    2:00 p.m.

    Rice Branch
    11535 Shaker Blvd. 

    PHD to Ph.D: How Education Saved My Life is the gripping, no-holds-barred memoir describing Elaine Richardson’s journey from PHD (Po Ho on Dope) to Ph.D. 

    “Dr. E” shares her inspiring story of education and empowerment and reaches out to those whose dreams and hopes extend beyond the hopelessness and despair that so many Americans face on a daily basis.  

    Dr. Elaine Richardson, Ph.D. is Professor of Literacy Services in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University and founded The Ohio State University HipHop Literacies Conference.  She is the recipient of numerous awards including those from the National Council of Negro Women, the City of Columbus, Ohio, and Cleveland State University.