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February Literary Salon: Love and Hate

January 28th, 2017

Sadeqa Johnson head shot

February’s Literary Salon, led by local author, Sadeqa Johnson, will focus on “Love and Hate.” Whatever your genre, the Literary Salon is a wonderful way to connect, to learn, and to philosophize in an intimate setting with writers, and artists, and other creatives.

We welcome writerly types of all experience levels and readers, thinkers, and artists of every sort. Be sure to bring your favorite writing implements.

DATE: February 16, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

FEE: Free and open to the public

LOCATION: Patrick Henry Pub & Grille, in the upstairs salon, 2300 East Broad Street (free street parking)

About Sadeqa Johnson

Sadeqa Johnson, a former public relations manager, spent several years working with well-known authors such as JK Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop TD Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debutSecond House from the Corner Book Cover by Sadeqa Johnson novel, Love in a Carry-on Bag, is the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction. She is also the author of Second House From the Corner which New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Weiner called, “So good!”

Her third novel, And Then There Was Me will be released in April 2017. A native of Philadelphia she has recently relocated to a suburb of Richmond, which is a great place to raise children until it snows and schools close for a week. She is a motivational speaker, inspirational blogger, runner, wife and mother of three incredibly busy children who keep pestering her for a dog.


The Best Unpublished Novel Contest is open for submissions!

January 25th, 2017

The Best Unpublished Novel Contest, a partnership between James River Writers and Richmond magazine, is open for submissions January 1 through March 31, 2017.  For rules and information, see Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

The contest is part of a three-year sequence with the Best Self-Published Novel Contest and the Shann Palmer Poetry Contest.