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Virtual Conversation: Denny S. Bryce & Nancy Johnson

Join us for a virtual author conversation featuring Denny S. Bryce and Nancy Johnson! This event will celebrate the release of Bryce's Wild Women and the Blues. The two authors will also explore how similar themes of motherhood, racial division, and family emerge in Johnson's recent debut, The Kindest Lie. This event will be streamed on Women & Children First's Crowdcast Channel

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1925: Chicago is the jazz capital of the world, and the Dreamland Café is the ritziest black-and-tan club in town. Honoree Dalcour is a sharecropper’s daughter, willing to work hard and dance every night on her way to the top. Dreamland offers a path to the good life, socializing with celebrities like Louis Armstrong and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. But Chicago is also awash in bootleg whiskey, gambling, and gangsters. And a young woman driven by ambition might risk more than she can stand to lose.

2015: Film student Sawyer Hayes arrives at the bedside of 110-year-old Honoree Dalcour, still reeling from a devastating loss that has taken him right to the brink. Sawyer has rested all his hope on this frail but formidable woman, the only living link to the legendary Oscar Micheaux. If he’s right—if she can fill in the blanks in his research, perhaps he can complete his thesis and begin a new chapter in his life. But the links Honoree makes are not ones he’s expecting…Piece by piece, Honoree reveals her past and her secrets, while Sawyer fights tooth and nail to keep his. It’s a story of courage and ambition, hot jazz and illicit passions. And as past meets present, for Honoree, it’s a final chance to be truly heard and seen before it’s too late. No matter the cost…

Denny S. Bryce is an award-winning author and three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, including twice for Wild Women and the Blues. In addition to writing for NPR Books and FROLIC Media, the former professional dancer is a public relations professional who has spent over two decades running her marketing and event management firm. A member of the Historical Novel Society, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Novelists, Inc., she is a frequent speaker at author events. Originally from Chicago, she now lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Nancy Johnson A native of Chicago’s South Side, Nancy Johnson worked for more than a decade as an Emmy-nominated, award-winning television journalist at CBS and ABC affiliates nationwide. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she lives in downtown Chicago and manages brand communications for a large nonprofit. The Kindest Lie is her first book.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Virtual via Crowdcast
Wild Women and the Blues: A Fascinating and Innovative Novel of Historical Fiction Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496730084
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: Kensington - March 30th, 2021

The Kindest Lie: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063005631
Availability: On our shelves recently
Published: William Morrow - February 2nd, 2021