In addition to vending and book signing, authors will participate in a panel discussion on the topic of “Building Community Through Literary Arts”.
. . . Anita’s writing style drew me in and made me feel like I was experiencing the events of her childhood along with her. I found it difficult to put the book down . . . I recommend this book to anyone searching for meaning in their life or who just wants to read a biography about someone growing up in the Pittsburgh area.” —Amazon Reviewer
Writing this book meant digging deep into my core to get to know myself as I journeyed towards self-liberation. Writing this book became the testimony of a struggle for mental wellness in personal identity, self-acceptance, and connectedness. With liberation came freedom from guilt, depression and fear. Along the way I strengthened my faith, trust and belief in God.
—Anita D Russell, Author
“In reading I Wanna See Laney’s House, I realized that after nearly 25 years of friendship, I didn’t know Anita Russell at all. The blessing, however, is that it’s given me the opportunity to become acquainted with my friend in a whole new way.” —Rev. Samuel K. Atchison, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, University of Pennsylvania; and former columnist, Religion News Service
SOAR On-PAR Toolkit Workbook & Journal Based on Personal Accountability and Responsibility
Are you On-PAR to cultivate and nurture your vision and purpose while taking action to live your best life in spite of the storms you encounter? And the storms will come…
The SOAR On-PAR Toolkit Workbook and Journal is about you. The toolkit is a means to apply 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life. It’s about asking specifc, introspective questions to determine how you manage your gift of life. It is an introduction to the idea of your willingness to hold yourself personally accountable and responsible for the actions you take to live your best life. I describe this as being “On-PAR”.
Podcast: 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life
1. Know Yourself
2. Nurture Your Life
3. Integrate Your Life
4. Connect with Others
5. Live Intentionally
6. Seize Opportunity
Putting It All Together
“I draw you into my journey from the dynamics of an inner life strife with conflict and turmoil to the dynamics of an inner life of peace and contentment with myself and with God. Sometimes the words roar across the page like the sound of a mighty river; other times they flow like the sound of a babbling brook. Sometimes the words flow forward in time and sometimes backward. Hoping my words will touch your heart, I leave you with these words from a person who has influenced my life from afar, the late and great Maya Angelou: “The idea is to write so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”
—Anita D Russell
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When I got connected to Nanny and met her for the first time at the Greyhound bus station in Philadelphia, the first words she spoke to me seeped deeply into my soul and took root: You look just like your father. Getting to know Nanny and listening to her tell stories about you enabled me to get to know you, at least vicariously. It was then I learned that your nickname was Butch. I suppose I’ll never fully understand why you never contacted me, even before you left for good or after you knew I lived near Nanny. (I always knew when you were at that hotel.) But it’s okay; it was a long time ago, and I’m sure you had your reasons. An equally long time ago I wondered if there would come a day when I would forget all about you; that day never came.
—Anita D Russell
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“One night, when she turned the key in the lock and opened the door, there he was, lying right across the stairs, blocking her ascension. He was drunk, speaking inaudibly, and most peculiarly, there was a shiny penny sticking out of one ear. She stopped breathing, stood motionless, and initially could not speak, her heart racing in her chest. She did not want to go past him alone in that hallway and she couldn’t leave because it was late and she needed to be in the house. So the words starting in her mind, finally reached her mouth and she screamed out, “Mommy, Mommy”, so her mother would know she was at the bottom of the stairs. Her mother opened the apartment door and came out into the hallway to see what was going on. Seeing Scary Tenant lying on the stairs, her mom told her to hurry and get up the stairs. As she bolted up the stairs, she prayed again—Please do not let him touch me.” —Anita D Russell
My new book “I Wanna See Laney’s House” is my sibling story. It’s also my my debut project as an independent writer. The story opens with tragedy at the family home on Linden Avenue in East Pittsburgh PA, where a dark night of the soul begins.
My first publication as an author was a collaborative project. Working with the curator, Erica Blocker was such a pleasure. Each co-author brings a vision of life through a unique lens creating a kaleidoscope of experiences for the reader. Their stories encourage moms to follow their dreams without feeling guilty.
In my chapter, Eden Spirit, I take the reader on a journey into the development of my identity as a woman, based more on spirituality than gender.
And, of course, there was Mr. Pie Man. Mr. Pie Man, deemed the Oldest Man in Homestead, owned a small store right on Dixon Street. Mr Pie Man just may have been the one to teach sailors how to cuss because it didn’t matter if he was talking to an adult or a kid, they would eventually get cussed out. He was also known for having an uncanny ability to throw bricks around the corner—though admittedly, Nita never actually saw this feat. Mr. Pie Man was also an avid baseball fan, often talking about the days of the Homestead Grays and the Negro Baseball League whenever the kids gathered on his stoop. He once said he knew Nita’s grandfather, who played a stint with the Homestead Grays. Another time he swore he struck out Satchel Paige. That was the especially nice side of Mr. Pieman, when he talked about things back in his day.” —Anita D Russell
Local Author Book Signing at Barnes & Noble at the Waterfront in Homestead. What a wonderful event it was!
I love stories written by “regular people” in their grassroots voices. I met such a group recently at the B&N book store in Homestead Pa—5 local, self-published authors sharing a bit of themselves through the written word. Best of all, I have my name on the list for a future event!