Over the last decade ReShonda Tate Billingsley has written more than two dozen novels for adults and teens, many of them bestsellers, and picked up numerous awards.
In the process she has become one of the most successful voices of the "urban fiction" genre, which reflects the lives and aspirations of contemporary African Americans.
Billingsley discusses her latest novel, Fortune & Fame (co-written by Victoria Christopher Murray),on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Fortune & Fame reunites two of Billingsley's favorite characters - rival preachers' wives Jasmine Cox Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams - who become the subjects of a new television reality show about the spouses of powerful clergyman.
It turns out that Jasmine and Rachel face a greater threat from the other power-hungry wives on the program, forcing them to form an unholy alliance.
Billingsley, author of the Good Girlz teen series, recently won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Say Amen, Again. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Motherhood Diaries. A Houston resident and the mother of three, she has been a reporter for The National Enquirer and an on-air anchor for television stations in Oklahoma City and Houston.
Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.