If someone says they are going to a book signing, the first thing that that most likely comes to mind is a long line of people waiting in a bookstore for an author to scribble their name on a fly leaf and send the reader on their way.
The book signing for “When New Life Begins” was anything but typical.
The event, which was held at the Delaware Technical & Community College’s Terry Campus, featured local vendors selling cupcakes, beauty products, jewelry and purses, gospel music, food, giveaways and the opportunity to meet, speak to and take photos with the authors.
The book “When New Life Begins” was co-authored by Ayanna Lynnay, Rodney Davis, Kishma A. George, April Holmes, Letisha Galloway, Iyana Davis and Natasha Simms, who shared their stories of struggle, hardship and triumph in hopes that their book would help others to find hope in life’s hard times.
“I hope that we can just be an inspiration to people,” said Davis. “Even if it just touches one person it’s all worth it.”
Stories shared in the book include those like Simms,’ who was a young mother and fell in with the wrong crowd leading to her turning to drugs and alcohol. She has since turned her life around and is pursuing an education in social work. Holmes shared a similar story of rising above. She witnessed her mother suffer abuse and in her teens became a victim herself. She has now broken the cycle of abuse, she said, and is bettering her life through education.
The authors were really given the star treatment. After each author walked the red carpet they were given the opportunity to share their story in brief with the assembled crowd. Their testimonials were followed by music by Eunice Wright and Kenneth Cartwright III and a lecture by Joyce Dungee Proctor.
“The event was very successful. People were saying it was too short, they wanted more,” George said. “We brought awareness to the cause. We had good sales with the book. It was beyond what I thought it would be.”
The book signing was held to raise money for KISH home Inc., a non-profit that George started in hopes of creating a home to house girls age 18 to 23 who have aged out of the foster care system.
“Youths who age out often end up homeless, incarcerated or with an unwanted pregnancy,” George said. “They’re still kids and they need guidance.”
To learn more about K.I.S.H Home Inc. or to order a copy of “When New Life Begins” go to www.kishhomeinc.org.