Tombolo Books is trilled to welcome local author, Micki Berthelot Morency to the bookstore to launch her debut novel, The Island Sisters.
Morency pulls from her experience as an advocate for women and children to depict the emotional journey of abuse survivorship and of women fighting for dignity, freedom, and their own lives. The Island Sisters is an empowering narrative told from alternating perspectives
of four women from Haiti, St. Thomas, and Guam. Micki Berthelot Morency has crafted four remarkable and hard-to-forget women whose fates are bound together by culture, by history, and most importantly, by a deep, irrevocable friendship.
Morency will be in conversation with fellow local author, Sheree L. Greer!
Micki Berthelot Morency is Haitian-American. She is a graduate of Northeastern University (Boston) and The Institute for Writers. After a career in banking and social services, she merged both experiences into a consulting business while mentoring, advocating and empowering women to find their voices. Micki is Vice-president of diversity and inclusion at Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) Her stories have appeared in Writer’s Digest Magazine, The Tampa Bay Times, The Weekly Challenger, Creative Loafing, Print magazines and E-Zines. She lives in St Petersburg, Florida with her husband.
Sheree L. Greer is a writer, artist, teacher, and publisher living in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, she founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women of color writers and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms, a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and a student writing guide, Stop Writing Wack Essays. Her work has been published in First Bloom Anthology, LezTalk Anthology, VerySmartBrothas, Autostraddle, The Windy City Times, Bleed Literary Journal, and the Windy City Queer Anthology: Dispatches from the Third Coast. Sheree has received a Union League of Chicago Civic Arts Foundation award, earned her MFA at Columbia College Chicago, and is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, Yaddo fellow, and Ragdale Artist House Rubin Fellow. Her essay, "Bars" published in Fourth Genre Magazine, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and notably named in Best American Essays 2019, and her latest essay, "None of this is Bullshit" was published at The Rumpus and featured in "Memoir Mondays.”