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6th Annual African-American Read-In with Pierce County Library

Updated: Feb 15, 2022

African-American Read-In

Wednesday, February 16: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Virtual Pierce County Library - Virtual Room 2



Join us for our 6th annual African American Read-In event, featuring a Q&A panel with two local authors.

Here is the Zoom link:

  • Meeting ID: 88136742476

  • Passcode: 248864

Register through Pierce County Library to enter free book drawing!


  • Noni Ervin is practically a Pacific Northwest native. Her parents moved to the Greater Seattle area when she was a baby and as a young student, she found success in writing. It wasn’t until adulthood that the enjoyment of writing began and her first publication was born. Verbatim: Living, Loving, Surviving was necessary because everyone has a story to tell, and she has committed her actions in life to speak up for those who have no voice or who cannot speak up for themselves. In fact, this passion is how the Kinara Park Kids® mini-series was created. It was an effort to create positive images of young Black / African-American children by incorporating the seven principles of Kwanzaa. We want our young people to see positive images of themselves.

  • Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II's passion for storytelling was evident from his days as a student at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary School, where every written assignment he submitted was in the form of a story or comic. From that point on, he has been a passionate and ardent supporter of all things literary, even going so far as to co-produce Seattle’s first-ever record-breaking Urban Book Expo. A single dad, Cheatham currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his daughter, Josilyn, Future Writer and President of Cheatham Publishing, Inc.


  • Parable Bookstore is a community space selling books, plants, records, artisan products, and art in the McKinley neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington. It is a family-owned, community-owned, LGBTQ-owned, Black-owned, woman-owned business that opened in August of 2021.


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