UNTOLD captures the riveting true stories of 16 Hurricane Katrina survivors from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, an area devastated by the storm and the community where the author grew up. In telling their stories the survivors, who range in ages from 8 to 80, share their faith, struggle, history and love of community in a work that sheds light on a very dark time in our nation’s history. “While many books have been written about Hurricane Katrina,” says Wilkinson, “very few focus on the Lower 9th Ward. If you want to know the real story behind the faces and images you saw during Hurricane Katrina, you will want to read UNTOLD.” Proceeds from her God-inspired book will be donated to an organization helping residents recover. http://www.youtube.com/
As a nominee for the Henri award, UNTOLD is also eligible to earn the Reader’s Choice award. Fans can show their support and vote for UNTOLD at www.awards.joyandcompany.org. Simply log in, click 2012 Awards, select Reader’s Choice, and cast your vote for UNTOLD in the non-fiction category.
Awards will be presented at the 2012 Christian Literary Awards, November 3, 2012, in the Grand Amphitheater, Mt. Olive Church of Plano, Plano, TX. The VIP Reception and Red Carpet begin at 4 p.m., and the Awards celebration begins at 6 p.m. Ticket information is available at www.awards.joyandcompany.org. The event is sponsored by Joy & Company www.joyandcompany.org.
The Henri award nomination is the latest in a string of accolades for UNTOLD. The book was named 2010 Book of the Year by the Sankofa Literary Society and a finalist in the African American category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The video/book trailer for UNTOLD was also a Finalist in the African American Literature Book Club 2010 Best Book Trailer of the Year contest. View the trailer at www.youtube.com/
To purchase copies of UNTOLD: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew, read excerpts of the book, view interviews with the author, or book the author for speaking engagements, visit www.HurricaneKatrinaStories.com.