Call for Pittsburgh Authors

Author Talk Session & Book Signing

You are cordially invited to participate in the SOAR with the Write Source literary event hosted by Anita D Russell, author of  I Wanna See Laney’s House, and founder of The Place to SOAR.


Space is limited so please submit your form TODAY!


In addition to vending and book signing, authors will participate in a panel discussion on the topic of “Building Community Through Literary Arts”.


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Women Speakers Association Interviews Anita D Russell

Unstuck Your Life and Create A Breakthrough In Your Personal Power

Women Speakers Association (WSA) is THE go-to place for innovative leaders, change-agents and women with a message to connect, collaborate and grow their visibility worldwide. WSA TV interviewed three authors from the international bestselling book, Voices of the 21st Century, released in October 2019—Anita D Russell, Sandy Hortan and Carrie Kohan.

Advice from the Authors.

Anita advises “Be responsible and accountable for how you manage your gift of life. Apply 6 keys to nurture, grow and empower your life: know yourself, nurture your life, integrate your life, connect with others, live intentionally, and seize opportunity.”

Sandy says “Change your perspective: change your life.”

Carrie reminds us that “”Everything is all about Love! If you’re not loving what you’re doing or how you’re living; not sharing love with yourself or others; or feeling love in your heart – then it’s time to shift and do what brings and gives you love in all ways! How do you do that? Practice The Five Lessons of Life!”

The Host and Producer is Laura Rubinstein, Certified Hypnotherapist, Digital Media & Marketing Mentor and Business Transformation Strategist. Follow her blog here: http://TransformToday.com

In the Studio

I recently spent time in the studio at Princeton Television taping a new episode of The Place to SOAR TV. What a time we had! Whenever I’m there it turns into a mini reunion with old friends, like studio staff or director Irvin Harmon of Irvin J Productions. And, of course, my extraordinary guests, this time starting with Pastor Melinda N Samuels and ending with Lisa Austin aka “Love Lisa“—two people who represent the richness of God’s human family. Check out the pictures!

More details about the episodes are coming soon. In the meantime check our YouTube Channels. We have two editions on YouTube — the New Jersey Edition (NJE) and the Golden Triangle Edition (GTE) in my home city of Pittsburgh.

A Bench by the Road

While attending the ASALH 104th Annual Meeting and Conference in Charleston SC, I decided to do the post-conference African American Heritage Bus Tour. So glad I did! Anyone who knows me would know that I have a deep appreciation for African American History—that is the undistorted view; the view that speaks our narrative truth to power; the view that brings into the present our generational contributions, not just in America but across the diaspora and the world. The tour was sponsored by Dominion Energy and the National Underground Network to Freedom. One place of historical significance on the tour was Sullivan’s Island.

Fellow Authors Sitting on a Bench by the Road.

For me the highlight of the Sullivan’s Island stop was sitting on a bench by the road with fellow authors. The “Bench by the Road” is a project initiated in by the Toni Morrison Society The name “Bench by the Road” is taken from a 1989 interview with World Magazine where Morrison speaks of the absence of historical markers designed to remember the lives of enslaved Africans. According to Morrison, her fifth novel, Beloved, served in this role:

There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves . . . There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There’s no 300-foot tower, there’s no small bench by the road. There is not even a tree scored, an initial that I can visit or you can visit in Charleston or Savannah or New York or Providence or better still on the banks of the Mississippi. And because such a place doesn’t exist . . . the book had to” (The World, 1989).

The second notable memorial is the Sullivan’s Island Marker . . .

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A place where…Africans were brought to this country under extreme conditions of human bondage and degradation. Tens of thousands of captives arrived on Sullivan’s Island from the West African shores between 1700 and 1775. Those who remained in the Charleston community and those who passed through this site account for a significant number of the African-Americans now residing in these United States. Only through God’s blessings, a burning desire for justice, and persistent will to succeed against monumental odds, have African-Americans created a place for themselves in the American mosaic. . . .

ASALH: Author Book Event

AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING

Imagine a gathering of minds bringing forth knowledge, and narratives bearing the history from transatlantic migration to the 21st century...

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During the first week of October 2019, I had two firsts in my life. I visited South Carolina—not just driving through on my way to somewhere else—actually spending five days in Charleston. And I attended the 104th Annual ASALH Meeting and Conference held at the North Charleston Convention Center. The truth is I had no idea what to expect.

Find out how you can become a member of ASALH!

“I was enthralled from the moment I stepped in the conference space . . .”

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Author Anita D Russell: I Wanna See Laney’s House


Anita is a life coach and bestselling author with career experience in multiple disciplines including pharmaceutical R&D, learning and development, and leadership. She took a bold step in 2013, leaving corporate America. Subsequently, she founded The Place to SOAR based her need to step out and redesign her life after corporate America. Later came the SOAR Coaching Academy, dedicated to helping people cultivate change in their lives through daily growth and personal development.

I Wanna See Laney’s House (2019), Anita’s debut as a solo author, is a sibling story chronicling lifelong spiritual development and a journey towards mental wellness. Read her recent article describing the journey on Kidsburgh.org, an online magazine.

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Creativity & Leadership

Life Coaching Application

In my coaching practice, creativity shows up as I proactively cultivate change. I help clients become who they aspire to be by examining who they are. When clients are guided through discovering who they are on a deeply inner personal level, often what emerges is their own creativity to step out and redesign thoughts, feelings and beliefs. As a result, they begin moving forward to living their best life. As a coach I help clients become leaders through creativity in their own lives!

Anna Wintour Teaches Creativity and Leadership

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Women Speakers Association Membership

Since I announced the September 10, 2019 release of the book I co-authored, The Voices of the 21st Century, I have had many inquiries. This amazing and life changing opportunity presented itself to me through my membership with WSA (Women Speakers Association) and they are holding their annual special (this only happens in July of each year). Not only is it an amazing opportunity – there is also a 30-day money back guarantee. Please reach out if I can answer any questions. Below are the details and link.

LEARN MORE AND JOIN WSA
Comes with 20 rich, career-boosting benefits!

Grow your visibility, land more speaking gigs, boost your credibility, sell more products and services, and connect with an inspiring, empowered group of women who are fulfilling their missions worldwide.