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Sunny Hostin on Summer on Highland Beach with Tia Williams

Wednesday, 7:00 pm EDT May 29, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

The Center for Fiction is thrilled to welcome Emmy award-winning author, lawyer, and television host Sunny Hostin. With her New York Times bestselling Summer Beach series, Hostin aims to make beach reads more inclusive and spotlight historically Black communities. The third and final installment in the series, Summer on Highland Beach, transports readers to the oldest Black resort community in America, founded in the 1800s by Frederick Douglass. The novel follows Olivia Jones, a woman who must grapple with thorny family conflicts and decide whether she will pursue her dreams in Highland Beach. Novelist and editor Tia Williams (The Perfect Find) joins Hostin for a rousing conversation on the novel and her mission to celebrate Blackness through beach reads. After the conversation, Hostin will sign books.

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In Conversation


    Sunny Hostin

    Sunny Hostin

    Attorney and three-time Emmy Award–winning, legal journalist Sunny Hostin is a co-host of the ABC daytime talk show The View. She is the author of Summer on the Bluffs and Summer on Sag Harbor as well as I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds. Hostin received her undergraduate degree in communications from Binghamton University and her law degree from Notre Dame Law School. A native of New York City, she lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, New York.

    Photo Credit: Jeff Lipsky

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    Tia Williams

    Tia Williams

    Tia Williams had a fifteen-year career as a beauty editor for magazines including Elle, Glamour, Lucky, Teen People, and Essence. In 2004, she pioneered the beauty-blog industry with her award-winning site, Shake Your Beauty. She wrote the bestselling debut novel The Accidental Diva and penned two young adult novels, It Chicks and Sixteen Candles. Her award-winning novel The Perfect Find is a Netflix movie starring Gabrielle Union. Seven Days in June was a New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Her most recent novel is A Love Song for Ricki Wilde. Tia currently lives with her daughter and her husband in Brooklyn.

    Photo Credit: Francesco Ferendeles