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Charlotte Amalie
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Jan. 18, 2002 – It's a full weekend for book signing at Dockside Bookshop in Havensight Mall on St. Thomas.
On Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., local author C. Barry Denham will sign copies for purchasers of "My Brothers Keeper," a West Indian literature trade paper novel.
On Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m., nationally known African-American romance writer Sandra Kitt will autograph copies of her various fiction paperbacks currently available at Dockside.
Denham's novel, published by Four Seasons Publishers, tells of a young "wandering renegade" on St. Croix who is called home to Alabama when his pillar-of-the-community older brother is seriously injured in a car accident. His brother's last words send the protagonist, Wes Blake, on a quest to preserve his sibling's integrity by fitting together the pieces of a puzzle that has been widely scattered. The book retails for $14.95.
It's a cruise that is bringing Kitt to St. Thomas. While the ship she's traveling aboard is tied up at the West Indian Co. dock, she's dropping in at the book store for an hour to meet old fans and seek to attract new ones.
Kitt has published 21 romance novels and five novellas in the last 16 years. Her paperbacks available at Dockside are "Between Friends," "Close Encounters," "The Color of Love," "Family Affairs," "For the Love of Chocolate," "She's the One," "Sincerely" and "Suddenly." Published by Signet and Bet Books/Arabesque between 1995 and 2001, they're priced at $5.99 and $6.99.
Kitt weaves her stories with characters of different races and different worlds, addressing the complexities of their interrelationships. She develops her stories of suspense as well as romance in ways that, as one reviewer put it, enable most of her readers "to appreciate the deeper values Kitt is espousing."
Her first mainstream novel was "The Color of Love," released in 1995 by Signet Books to critical acclaim from the Library Journal, USA Today and The Black Scholar. Several of her books have made the Black Board bestseller list in Essence Magazine. A native New Yorker who still lives in the City, Kitt was the first black writer to be published by Harlequin.
She received a WaldenBooks Award for "Sincerely" in 1996 and is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Fiction from "Romantic Times." "Girlfriends," an anthology from HarperCollins, was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Fiction in 1999. Amazon.com named her novel "Significant Others" as one of the Top 25 Romances for the 20th Century, and "Close Encounters" as one of the Top Ten Contemporaries for 2000.
A onetime graphic designer/illustrator with a master of fine arts from the City University of New York, Kitt has designed cards for UNICEF and illustrated two books for the late science fiction author Isaac Asimov. She is an information specialist in astronomy and astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
For more about the author and her books, visit the Sandra Kitt web site.

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