Announcement

'Ebony wings' Now Available For Pre-Order

BY: GREGORY HEDGEPETH


Sankara “Le Prince Heritier” Olama-Yai’s debut poetry collection, Ebony wings, is now available for pre-order.

Sankara Olama-Yai’s debut collection serves as a beautifully-written tribute to his father and a welcome entry into his unique style of poetry, as he explores themes of war, depression and African pride.

Pre-order here. Or here for the Kindle version.

'Son, SHINE' Now Available For Pre-Order

BY: GREGORY HEDGEPETH


The Habitual Wordsmith T.J. Love’s second collection of poetry, Son, SHINE, is now available for pre-order.

The Habitual Wordsmith’s second book of poetry reveals a deeper intimacy and rawer form than ‘Speaking In Tongues’ as he explores a wide range of themes from police brutality, toxic masculinity and white supremacy as well as sexuality, compassion and his growth as a man and poet.

Pre-order here. Or here for the Kindle version.

'Calliope Of Atalan: The American Dream' Now Available For Pre-Order

BY: GREGORY HEDGEPETH


P. Curry’s debut novel, Calliope Of Atalan: The American Dream, is now available for pre-order.

Calliope Thessaly is a teenage writer, bound to a beautiful home inside her beloved polis of Auburn due to her strict parents, Pan and Demeter. When her father announces a move to neighboring Griffin, Calliope is granted a little more freedom to explore, an opportunity she takes full advantage of, although she comes to find many of its pretentious inhabitants intolerable. Stress from the move reveals the cracks in her family and the discovery of a mysterious box reveals the city’s dark past and provides Calliope with an opportunity to keep history from repeating itself.

Pre-order here. Or here for the Kindle version.

Delays Looming For Three New Releases

BY: GREGORY HEDGEPETH


Sometimes, shit happens and things don’t go as planned. Such is the case for the three Vital Narrative books listed below, originally scheduled to be released on the busiest shopping day of the year.

  • Calliope of Atalan: The American Dream by P. Curry

  • Son, SHINE by The Habitual Wordsmith T.J. Love

  • Ebony wings by Sankara “Le Prince Heritier” Olama-Yai

Unfortunately, due to a litany of issues, these releases are now set for Friday, December 14. Pre-orders for each book will still begin at midnight on November 23.

Vital Narrative Announces First Annual Weekend Workshop & Retreat

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DATE: Friday, August 31, 2018 - Sunday, September 2, 2018

WHERE: A private location in Memphis, TN

PURPOSE: To unplug for three days, fellowship and read the work of other authors, as well as offer the opportunity for authors to receive a critique of their works in progress

COST: $350 ($275 if booked before August 15)

Spots are limited. Click here for tickets.

Cover Reveal For 'Summer Camp Is Cancelled'

Darlene Campos' second novel, Summer Camp Is Cancelled, will be released on August 3rd, but today, we officially reveal the cover. Pre-orders will begin Friday, June 22nd.

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Summer Camp Is Cancelled is a young adult novel about Lyndon, a Mexican boy from Bat Springs, Texas who is enamored with his best friend Melody, a deaf girl who uses a whiteboard as her voice. Pre-orders will begin Friday, June 22nd.

We Are The Lions

BY: GH


About a month after our third anniversary, I lost someone close to me and it took a while for me to get over. Coincidentally, she was incredibly vital to Vital Narrative since the very beginning and I would be remiss not to mention her contributions to the company. Her name was Panda, and back when I was still sleeping on my grandmother's couch, she allowed me to create and share my talents with the world.

That's because Panda was my 21-inch iMac computer and she was where every Vital Narrative document lived.

This is NOT Panda.

This is NOT Panda.

Unfortunately, old age caught up with her and despite my best efforts, she still ended up joining that old Apple graveyard in the sky. So after I grieved an appropriate amount of time,  I found a suitable replacement named Simba and immediately got back to work.

If there was a silver lining to the whole ordeal, it was that everything had to be transferred over and it gave me a chance to go through our archives. I went on a wild trip down memory lane and came across some of our old logos from WAAAAAY back.


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The 

OG

(2014)


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The Sequel

(2015)


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The Panda

 

(2016)


Looking at where we came from made me even prouder of what we've become and where we are headed in the future. But in doing that, I knew it was time for the company itself to evolve into something more representative of what's to come.

When we first began, the bear was the key element of our brand, meant to represent how multi-faceted people of color are despite mainstream media's obsession with pigeonholing our experiences.

Not long after Panda died, we posted this on our Facebook page:

To the casual observer, this was probably just another post - but it was really the mark of our new identity: we are the lions who learned to write.

With fake news running rampant these days, it's imperative that we write and share authentic experiences with the world. It's easy to complain about how we are portrayed in media, but now, more than ever, we have the ability to control these narratives.

The hunters have told tall tales of their journeys for centuries - but now that the lion has the pen, we have a duty to honor all that came before us.

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We are the lions who learned to write - and writing is what we will do.

Campos To Donate Royalties to Hurricane Relief

BY: DARLENE P. CAMPOS

 

Floods aren’t anything new in Houston. We’ve gone through hurricanes before. We knew the neighborhoods most prone to flooding before Harvey paid us his visit. We prepared ourselves with full hoards of food, bottled water, and gas. We thought we were ready.

Harvey showed us we were wrong the minute he arrived.

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Yet, unlike thousands of fellow Houstonians and Texans in other cities, I didn’t lose anything.

I didn’t lose power.

I didn’t lose water.

I didn’t lose my car.

I didn’t lose my house.

I didn’t lose my life.

The only physical loss I had was a couple of pounds because I was so petrified, I could barely eat. Harvey made me lose weight. That’s it.

Harvey also made me lose pieces of my heart. The neighborhood where I grew up is in shambles. A beloved bakery my fiancé and I visited whenever we wanted a good dessert is gone. The libraries I practically lived in during my college years are severely damaged. Watching your city, the place you call home, conquered by floodwaters is agonizing. Yet, Harvey did not take Houston’s hope. We Houstonians watched our city be ravaged by Harvey. We Houstonians have come together to rebuild.

After Harvey, I was overjoyed to be unharmed, but I felt so guilty to be spared. Why didn’t Harvey come for me? He tried. He flooded my entire street and then the water crept up to the rear of my car. By morning, the water receded. Harvey came close. For others, he came full force and showed no mercy.

I pledge to donate my royalties from September 15th through October 15th to the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. For the next month, all of my royalties will go directly to helping Houstonians rebuild their lives. Please visit https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/ for more info or to donate.

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“And so there are claims forgiven

And so there are things that are gone

Houston is filled with promise…”

  • R.E.M., “Houston,” 2008

Author Appreciation Sale Extended

BY: STAFF

 

In a press release on Easter Sunday, CEO Gregory Hedgepeth II announced a continuation of the Author Appreciation Sale through Friday, April 21.


Things have gone very well and our readers continue to respond favorably to the sale. We see that the support is there and we want to continue to support our authors as much as we can. It only makes sense to extend the sale a little longer.
— CEO Gregory Hedgepeth II
 

Along with a reduced price of $10 for all paperbacks on its site, all Vital Narrative eBooks (currently on sale for just $1 through Amazon Kindle) sold throughout the month of April will result in a 100% royalty for the author.

In addition, this also includes one more week to get Darlene Campos' first novel, Behind Mount Rushmore, at a discounted price as it just began presales last Friday.

You can purchase all paperbacks here.