Book launch and fundraiser in historic Harlem townhouse Nov. 9

AmNews Staff Reports | 11/7/2019, 10:18 a.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 from 3-6 p.m., a book launch and fundraiser will be held for “Toni’s Room: A Poetic ...

On Saturday, Nov. 9 from 3-6 p.m., a book launch and fundraiser will be held for “Toni’s Room: A Poetic Journey to Restoration,” a collection of poems by activist, writer and mother M. Tonita Austin. The event will take place in a historic Harlem townhouse (address will be provided upon confirmation of ticket purchase); tickets, including VIP tickets, are available in advance at https://tinyurl.com/y57vc9xl. VIP tickets will include a personalized, autographed copy of the book, food and drinks, photos with the author, swag bags, performances and more.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and, in honor of this, a donation will be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America in loving memory of Toni’s mother, Ethel Connor, who passed away from the disease.

M. Tonita Austin, also known as Toni Love, is a poet, singer, activist and writer born in West Philadelphia. While attending Columbia University, she was a student of Amiri Baraka and performed in Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls” as the Lady in Orange. Her writing is influenced by both experiences. She is a contributor to the anthology The Black Body and featured poet in the 2018 Winter/Fall edition of the Philadelphia Arts and Urban Literary magazine. She is the proud mother of James and Janai. “The Restoration” EP is her first published recording; “Toni’s Room” is her first published book.

For more information, visit www.tonitalove.com.