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Givens Foundation selects 2013 featured author



By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Black historical fiction writer Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is this year’s featured author for Givens Black Books 2013. Givens Black Books is a community reading campaign sponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature. The organization has been involved in increasing cultural understanding and learning and celebrating Black authors for 40 years. Rhodes, currently a professor at Arizona State University, is the author of eight novels, four of which — Voodoo Dreams (1995), Magic City (1998), Douglass’ Women (2003) and Ninth Ward (2012) — are this year’s Given Black Books selected works. Her “historical narrative and research” was a primary reason for selecting Rhodes, says Arleta Little, the foundation’s executive director. Continue Reading →

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Publishing company supports ministry work

Chappell Publishing Ministry gives authors or prospective authors the opportunity to have their manuscripts published at an extremely affordable cost. “We are professional writers, transcriptionists, and designers who have spent a number of years working in the ministry writing books, publishing magazines, and transcribing sermons,” says Norma Chappell president of the company. “We love the ministry and see an opportunity to help others advance their ministry work through our experience.”

Freelance writer Michele Johnson says that the Lord has given individual members of the body of Christ specific gifts for the edifying of the church. “We have the capacity to operate within those specific gifts,” Michele Johnson says. “By assisting those in ministry in spreading the messages God gave them, the whole body benefits.”

Chappell Publishing Ministry has the means to transfer years of cassette tapes to CDs, and if ministers desire to have their preaching and teaching cassettes or CDs transcribed or made into a library for them, Chappell Publishing Ministry has that capability, too. Continue Reading →

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