So, You Want To Write A Book

Learn how these experts turned their passion for writing into books!

  • Cheryl Ross, award-winning writer and book editor for Omar Tyree,

My Haley (Alex Haley’s Wife)

  • Wayne Dawkins,award-winning author of “City Son: Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn”
  • B. Taylor,author of “Keeping It Real” and “Journeys of Freedom
  • Meet The Book Bros., A Reading Movement For Kids By Kids 

Date: November 12, 2016

Where: Libby Mill Library, 2100 Libbie Lake E. St.

Henrico County, Va. 23230

Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free + Open to the Public + Refreshments

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About the Authors and Journalists


Cheryl Ross

Cheryl Ross is a national award-winning journalist, book editor, and the immediate past president of a nonprofit media group. She has written about fascinating personalities, the arts, politics, and education for the St. Petersburg Times, the Chicago Reader, The Virginian-Pilot, and WHRO television’s American Graduate Project. Additionally, Cheryl has edited more than 80 published books.


Wayne Dawkins

Wayne Dawkins teaches courses in new writing and editing at Hampton University. He is author of “City Son: Andrew W. Cooper’s Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn,” [2012, University Press of Mississippi], “Black Journalists: The NABJ Story,” [1997, August Press], “Rugged Waters: Black Journalists Swim the Mainstream,” [2003, August Press], and editor of “Black Voices in Commentary: The Trotter Group” [2006, August Press]. He is winner of the 2015 Dean’s Medal for Public Service from  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the 2015 Provost’s Award for Academic Excellence,” and the 2011 Edward L. Hamm Award for Teaching Excellence. Dawkins was a reporter, editorial writer, columnist and assignment editor with daily newspapers in New York, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. He was managing editor/news of


J.B. Bryan

Jennifer ‘J.B.’ Bryan is a pioneer, having started the first black-owned Registered Investment Advisory firm in the Richmond, Va. area in 1995. JB Bryan created her trademarked program “AfroEconomics,” a strategic financial management program designed for the advancement of Black wealth in America and abroad. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia, and received her Master of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.


YB Taylor

Y.B. Taylor decided that she wanted to write and publish a children’s book based on her family’s Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings story, but was sidetracked by a decision to share poems, which she considered her literary children. Poems written and accumulated over many years have found their way into her first book of poetry, “What I Know … Poems of Life.” Being published became a check off of her bucket list. But, encouraged by feedback from her first book, a second book of poetry, “Journeys of Freedom,” was written and published. Other books include “Keeping it Real,” and “Out of Bounds.” It is still her intent to write and publish a children’s book. A graduate of The University of Virginia, Y.B. TAYLOR continues to write for her own enjoyment and hopefully yours!

The BND Institute of Media and Culture was founded in 2016 by Bonnie Newman Davis, a Richmond, Va. – based journalist, journalism educator and media consultant. The Institute provides programs, services and training dedicated to educating and engaging diverse audiences about contemporary news media and its impact on African-American life and culture. For more information, contact Bonnie Newman Davis