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51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e Delta Artists Pavilion Scribes Who Serve By Michelle Lewis Undeterred by the heat and the the National Commission on Arts and First-timer Booker Mattison, a blazing sun that threatened Letters serving under the administra-tions filmmaker-director turned author, to scorch their skin, despite of 20th National President, Ber-tha praised seasoned novelist Victoria the overbearing humidity and beads M. Roddey (1992 – 1996) and 23rd Christopher Murray for taking him of sweat trickling down their face, National President, Dr. Louise Rice under her wings and mentoring him. amidst the city’s overcrowded streets (2004 – 2008) and as curator for the “She has been instrumental in and everyday hustle and bustle, they Artist Pavilion at the 2000 National the careers of so many new authors. gathered. Convention in Chicago. Duplessis en-tered She is really into this service thing, What could be the intro to a Omega Omega Chapter Feb. 8, and it extends beyond her member-ship steamy new novel described the in your Sorority. She offers me crowd of sorors and guests who advice on everything from publish-ing, formed a line that snaked down the to contracts, to book expos. She stairway entrance and onto the lawn has years of experience and doesn’t of Washington D.C.’s Carnegie Library get anything from helping me and I for the Laurel Tucker Duplessis Art-ist ask myself what could I possibly give Pavilion during the 51st National back to her,” said Mattison. Convention July 15, 2013. For new authors, the early years For two days, best-selling novel-ists can be daunting and filled with strug-gles— and acclaimed artists were eager balancing the art with the busi-ness. to greet book readers and art enthu-siasts With 10 years of writing experi-ence, to sign books and share their more than 15 novels and over latest works. A steady stream of art one million books in print, Murray supporters made their way through is one of the country’s top African- the historic space to visit Victoria American contemporary authors. Christopher Murray, Kimberla Law-son Not only does she offer advice on Roby, Carl Weber, Mary B. Mor-rison, developing intriguing story lines and Carol Mackey, NFL superstar memorable characters, she provides quarterback, Michael Vick, and many insight into self-publishing, securing others. For book lovers, this was to a literary agent and navigating the them as a candy store is to a child. waters of print versus digital publish-ing. For authors, this was an unprec-edented opportunity to meet their Author Booker Mattison discussing his lat-est In the true sense of service, au-thors readers and reach thousands of book novel, “Snitch,” with attendees. like Murray have not forgotten lovers in one setting. what it takes to make entry into what The Pavilion, organized by the often seems an exclusive club of “the National Commission on Arts and Let-ters, 2013. The offerings included self-help published,” and generously shares consisted of more than 30 Delta books, romance novels, devotion-als, her experience with those seeking and non-Delta authors. The Pavilion Christian fiction and children’s membership. s was named for Soror Laurel Tucker books. Some were past exhibitors Duplessis, a former commissioner on and some first-timers. s44 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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