Evelyn Allen Johnson, award winning author for her novel, “My Neighbor’s Island,” will be signing her latest two books, “Pillar of Salt” and “Get The Show On The Road” at Holman Methodist Church on December 5, 2010 following the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.
The event is sponsored by the Windsor Hills Bookstore and Holman Methodist Church. Evelyn states that she writes to inspire and destroy stereotypes.
The setting for her novel, “Pillar of Salt,” is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the great Depression years of the 1930’s and continues into today’s more contemporary period. Its multiracial characters live, survive and grow in a not to distant, past time of hardship and discrimination that should not be forgotten in history, as the present and future can be enhanced by knowledge of the past. “Pillar of Salt” is a fresh new educational experience filled with drama, violence and love. It allows the reader to visit a part of America during this era, when many Blacks left the south to find jobs and new freedom in a northern, industrial milieu.
This novel describes the supposedly integrated life to which they came. The reader will gain an eye-opening new understanding of the dynamics of mixed relationships in America, as true to life characters live out experiences that will by turns shock, enrich and transform them. The 2010 Fall Edition of Howard University Magazine states in its Bison Bookshelf Review, that “Pillar of Salt”, “tells the story of a mulatto man’s struggle to raise his son after the death of his wife. The book deals with some of America’s most taboo subjects in a passionate, thought-provoking way that takes the reader on a ride that is at times both enchanting and painful.” The Atlanta Daily World Review by Portia A. Scott reads, “A lesson in history, life and race tops this classic novel about Black life in America during the Great Depression years of the 1930s.
It’s such an eye-opener, filled with drama and understanding of tragedy, violence and love. “Pillar of Salt” is for both Black and White readers to experience and become educated on the social turmoil of America. Another powerful novel about emotions and life’s lessons.”
Evelyn states that her novel, “Get The Show On The Road” portrays a new perspective in similarity and disputes lingering stereotypes. It gives evidence that people are alike, dream the same dreams and have similar goals and methods of achievement, regardless of the color of their skins. Blacks can overcome, do support one another in their endeavors, are willing to work hard to achieve and in spite of the barriers of discrimination, they can and do succeed. Witness the strife between two Black families, one poverty level, the other of multi-millionaire affluence as cupid seeks to entwine one each of their younger generation. Love, passion, trust and honesty are vital issues present for all people amid familiar and factual issues.
The objective of this novel is to inspire young people to move forward in the field of education and realize their dreams, which are possible. Examples of success are given in the characters as they exist and in those that have worked hard and been given, even just a slim chance have defeated the odds. For those unfamiliar with the stamina of Blacks to rise above the shackles of discrimination, “Get The Show On The Road” is an illuminator. Evelyn states her aim in writing, “Get The Show On The Road,” was to have the reader enjoy reading while being programmed to the truth. This book has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Ebony Magazine and other magazines and newspapers across the country.
The author, Evelyn Allen Johnson, a graduate of Howard University and California State University at Los Angeles was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She is also a Registered Nurse, cum laude and Public Health Nurse. She has lived in Los Angeles with her husband Raymond L. Johnson, Sr. for over fifty years. Raymond, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen is a retired attorney, Judge Pro-tem and Assistant Professor for the Charles R. Drew School of Medicine. They have three children, Raymond Jr. an attorney, Marjorie Johnson Warren, a physician and Robert, a dentist.
A member of Holman Methodist Church, Evelyn hopes that you will come to worship and attend her book signing on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. She describes Holman’s clergy, Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Henry L. Masters, Sr.; Rev. Leonardo V. Wilborn and Rev. Gary B. Williams as awesome, talented ministers, intellectually adept in spreading God’s Word.
She credited Rev. Dr. Masters for delivering the most inspirational, down to earth, sermons, transferring Biblical teachings, into daily living, that she has ever heard. She noted the famous Holman Choir and its musical contributions as being incredibly beautiful and spiritually moving.
Holman Methodist Church is located in Los Angeles at 3320 West Adams Boulevard. Evelyn’s books are available at your favorite bookstore, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.