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Lincolnville – A Sketchbook Journal of St. Augustine’s Historic Neighborhood by Rosamond Parrish

March 1, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Lincolnville – A Sketchbook Journal of St. Augustine’s Historic Neighborhood is an amazing book written by Rosamond Parrish.  It’s called a sketchbook because, rather than using photographs to depict the neighborhood, she has used her tremendous artistic skills to draw what she wants to show. I met Rosamond in February, 2015, when we both spoke […]

Norman Rockwell 1961 Advertising Portfolio of Daytona Beach

March 1, 2015 | Uncategorized | Permalink

I bought an interesting portfolio drawn by Norman Rockwell in 1961, which was commissioned as part of advertising for Daytona Beach. Even though the drawings are wholesome and completely unlike the kind of life depicted in “White Sugar, Brown Sugar,” the beginning of that novel is the same year, in the same place. Some of […]

The Pain of the Watermelon Joke

November 30, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Jacqueline Woodson, author of National Book Award winner “Brown Girl Dreaming”, wrote an article in op-ed in the New York Times, published November 29, 2014, in which she says, “In a book I found at the library, a camp song about a watermelon vine was illustrated with caricatures of sleepy-looking black people sitting by trees, […]

Drug Addiction – Different Now Than in the 60’s & 70’s?

November 24, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Readers are often shocked by the description of drug abuse and addiction in White Sugar, Brown Sugar.  It does not surprise me at all that this kind of activity is foreign to most. I wrote the book in order to relate things that I feel are important to people who haven’t experienced it directly. Many […]

White Sugar, Brown Sugar at Volusia County Library Event

November 24, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

I was supposed to participate in an event featuring local writers and their books this week at the City Island – Daytona Beach Library, hosted by Deborah Shafer.  But I was unable to attend due to a health issue. Ebony Nichols, as Marketing Director for my publisher, Armstrong Media Group, attended in my absence, and […]

White Sugar, Brown Sugar Attends Miami Book Fair International

November 24, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

I have been interested in the Miami Book Fair International for years. In 2013, I attended, but not as a participant. Marc Bernier, who interviewed me on his radio show, and for his ROKU and UTube interviews called,  “Book Marc” strongly suggested I attend. I signed up and got a table, but had a health issue that […]