International Women’s Day 2020

For all the women, cooks, bakers, writers, readers, and entrepreneurs in my life!  I am excited to dig into this YA novel written by my friend, neighbor, and author Mayra Cuevas. More to come after the book panel tomorrow for International Women’s Day. I got to MC the event.

It was my absolute privilege to introduce a panel of wonder women:

Panelist Mayra Cuevas. Mayra is the author of the teen foodie romance Salty, Bitter, Sweet. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now lives in my sweet little town of Norcross. She is a special projects producer for CNN and serves on the Board of Directors of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. Mayra is taking her book tour on the road as well as partnering with educators and donors to make copies of her book available to students with limited income.

Panelist Dr. Marie Marquardt. Marie is an author of three young adult novels, a college professor, and immigration advocate. Her critically acclaimed novels reflect the experiences of undocumented immigrant teens. She is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the founding board chair of El Refugio, a Georgia non-profit that serves detained immigrants and their families.

Moderator Christi Paul. Christi is the weekend anchor for CNN New Day and HLN’s The Daily Share. She is the author of Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, a memoir about overcoming an abusive marriage. She serves on the National Advisory Council for the One Love Foundation and is involved with Girl Talk Inc., an organization where high school girls mentor middle school girls to help build self-esteem and combat bullying.

The room was full of Norcross neighbors as well as those who traveled in from South Atlanta, Cobb County, ITP and other neighboring cities to hear what these women had to say.

Afterward, true networking took place, books were purchased and copies signed and copies of Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas were purchased for donation to Title 1 schools. It was a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day, and I am already looking forward to what opportunities next year will bring for us to celebrate.

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