"Bookmarks presents talk show host, political commentator, and bestselling author Tavis Smiley for a presentation, reading, and signing of his new book My Journey with Maya, a memoir and remembrance of 25 years of friendship with Dr. Maya Angelou. The book release celebration will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at SECCA, 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC. This event is sponsored with support from SECCA, 88.5 FM WFDD, The Winston-Salem Journal, and 90.5 FM WSNC.

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley—broadcaster, New York Times bestselling author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist—has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West both from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN).

Smiley is the author of 16 books including Death of a King, his 2014 bestselling history of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and a memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, which became a New York Times bestseller. He is the editor of Covenant with Black America, the first nonfiction book by a black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Smiley is the presenter and creative force behind “AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint”, a traveling museum exhibition, which toured the country for four years celebrating the extraordinary impact of African-American contributions to our nation and the world, as told through rare artifacts, memorabilia, and multimedia. He is also the founder of the Tavis Smiley Foundation, which has reached more than 6,000 young people through its Youth to Leaders training workshops and conferences.

Smiley’s achievements have earned him numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees, including one from his alma mater, Indiana University. Smiley is the recipient of the prestigious Du Bois Medal from Harvard University and the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize from Demos in Istanbul, Turkey. TIME magazine honored Smiley in 2009 as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” In 2013, Smiley celebrated 10 years on PBS, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Smiley will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year.

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available at or by calling 336-747-1471.

Ticket prices are listed below and include sales tax. The event is expected to sell out, so please purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets will probably not be available at the door.

$15 for a general admission ticket for the event, followed by a book signing and reception. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

$32 for a general admission ticket and a hardback copy of My Journey with Maya. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

$75 for a premier admission ticket, which includes reserved premier seating at the 7:30 p.m. event and an intimate private reception with Tavis Smiley beginning at 6 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres by California Fresh Catering, wines by Raffaldini Vineyards, a hardback copy of My Journey with Maya, and a book signing. ($15.00 is tax deductible). Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that engages, inspires, and connects readers with authors. This is achieved through the largest annual free book festival in North Carolina; Triad-based author talks; and the Authors in Schools program, which reaches 5,000 students annually. Please visit for more information."

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