Biography

New York Times Bestselling Author Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 19 novels which include A HOUSE DIVIDED, THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, THE REVEREND’S WIFE, SECRET OBSESSION, LOVE, HONOR, and BETRAY, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PRAY FOR, A DEEP DARK SECRET, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING, ONE IN A MILLION, SIN NO MORE, LOVE & LIES, CHANGING FACES, THE BEST-KEPT SECRET, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING, A TASTE OF REALITY, IT’S A THIN LINE, CASTING THE FIRST STONE, HERE AND NOW, and her debut title, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, which was originally self-published through her own company, Lenox Press.  She has sold more than 2,000,000 copies of her novels, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Essence Magazine, Upscale Magazine, Emerge Magazine, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, The Dallas Morning News, and The Austin Chronicle to name a few, and both BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and CASTING THE FIRST STONE were #1 Blackboard bestsellers for four consecutive months in both 1997 and 2000.  BEHIND CLOSED DOORS was the #1 Blackboard Best-selling book for paperback fiction in 1997

Kimberla is a 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction, the recipient of the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 Author of the Year – Female award presented by the African-American Literary Award Show in New York, the recipient of the Blackboard Fiction Book of the Year Award in 2001 for CASTING THE FIRST STONE, the recipient of the 1998 First-Time Author Award from Chicago’s Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, and in 2001, Kimberla was inducted into the Rock Valley College (Rockford, IL) Alumni Hall of Fame.

Each of Kimberla’s novels deal with very real issues, including corruption within the church, drug addiction, gambling addiction, infidelity, social status, single motherhood, infertility, sibling rivalry and jealousy, domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness, care-giving of a parent, racial and gender discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, and overweight issues to name a few.

Kimberla resides in Illinois with her husband, Will.  Her 20Th novel, THE PRODIGAL SON will be released May 13, 2014.


Contact Information

To share your thoughts with Kimberla regarding her work, please e-mail her at: kim@kimroby.com.

If you would like to schedule a speaking engagement, booksigning event, or media interview with Ms. Roby, please contact her assistant, Connie Dettman, by email at publicity@kimroby.com or by phone at (815) 988-6604.


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The Prodigal Son
Release Date, May 13, 2014



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2014

THE PRODIGAL SON
NATIONAL BOOK TOUR

 
WASHINGTON, DC
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
12:00 PM Noon
Signing
Barnes and Noble
555 12th Street NW
Washington, DC  20004
 
ALEXANDRIA, VA
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
7:00 PM
Speaking and Signing
Barnes and Noble
3651 Jefferson Davis Highways
Alexandria, VA  22305
 
SPRINGFIELD, NJ
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
7:00 PM
Speaking and Signing
Barnes and Noble
240 Route 22 West
Springfield, NJ  07081

CHARLOTTE, NC
Thursday, May 15, 2014
7:00 PM
Speaking and Signing
Barnes and Noble
11025 Carolina Place Mall
Pineville, NC  28134
 
NEW ORLEANS, LA
Friday, May 16, 2014
Private Book Club Event
New Orleans, LA

NEW ORLEANS, LA
Saturday, May 17, 2014
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Norman Mayer Branch Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
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***A Conversation with Kimberla Lawson Roby (moderated by Linda Duggins) – Everything You Wanted to Know About Publishing But Didn’t Know Who to Ask!  Hosted by Friend Girl Book Club in conjunction with Reading Between the Lines Book Club, additional book groups and The Afro-American Book Stop.
Panel: Kimberla, Latoya Smith (editor at Grand Central Publishing) and Linda A. Duggins (publicity director at Grand Central Publishing). Everyone is invited!
 
DALLAS / FORT WORTH, TX
Monday, May 19, 2014
7:00 PM
Speaking and Signing
The Dock Book Shop
6637 Meadowbrook Drive
Fort Worth, TX  76112
 
KANSAS CITY, MO
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:00 PM Pre-Reception/ 6:30 PM Event
Speaking and Signing
The Kansas City Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO  64105
 
CINCINNATI, OH
Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 PM Event
Speaking and Signing
Barnes & Noble
9891 Waterstone Blvd
Cincinnati, OH  45249

MEMPHIS, TN
Friday, May 23, 2014
7:00 PM Event
Speaking and Signing
Barnes & Noble
2774 N Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN  38133

NASHVILLE, TN
Saturday, May 24, 2014
3:00 PM
Speaking and Signing
Barnes & Noble
1701 Mallory Lane
Brentwood, TN  37027

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Thursday, May 29, 2014 
7:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Speaking and Signing
Free Library of Philadelphia
Free Library’s Montgomery Auditorium
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

ST. LOUIS, MO
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
7:00 PM
Speaking and Signing
St. Louis Public Library
Schlafly Branch 
225 N. Euclid Avenue
St. Louis MO 63108

CHICAGO, IL
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Time to be determined
Panel Discussion Speaker
Printers Row Book Festival
Chicago, IL
 
WINNEBAGO, IL
Monday, June 17, 2014
6:00 PM
Speaking and Signing
Winnebago Public Library
210 N Elida Street
Winnebago, IL 
http://www.winnebagopubliclibrary.org/

LOS ANGELES, CA
Sunday, June 22, 2014
6:00 PM
Speaker
Booksigning to follow
Women Who Care Ministry
Crenshaw Christian Center
7901 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA  90044
 
CHICAGO, IL
Sunday, June 29, 2014
1:00 – 5:00 PM 
Speaker
Booksigning to follow
The Author’s Brunch
Hilton Chicago
9333 S Cicero Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL  60453
Tickets: $35 
For ticket info, please visit:
http://www.darhodes.com

NEW YORK, NY
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Noon – 12:50 PM
Keynote Speaker
2014 Writers Digest Conference
Roosevelt Hotel
45 E 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Book Signing to Follow 1:00 – 2:00 PM
www.writersdigestconference.com​

ATLANTA, GA
Thursday, August 7, 2014
7:00 PM
Speaker
2014 Atlanta Chocolate Social
Awards Banquet & Dinner (Dressy Attire)
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel
Shula's 347 Grill
3405 Lenox Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA  30326
To Register: http://www.edc-creations.com/chocolate2014.htm
 
ATLANTA, GA
Friday – Sunday, August 8 - 10, 2014
Featured Author
12th Annual National Book Club Conference
Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel
3405 Lenox Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA  30326
To Register for the conference, please visit:
http://www.nationalbookclubconference.com
 
MOUNT LAUREL, NJ
Friday, October 10, 2014
9:00 AM -  Noon
Motivational Speaker
First Year Initiative Program
Burlington County College
3331 New Jersey 38
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

BOWIE, MD
October 17 - 18, 2014
Keynote Speaker
2014 Black Authors & Readers
Rock Weekend
Hosted by The Reading Divas Book Club
The Comfort Inn
4500 Crain Highway
Bowie, MD
http://www.realdivasread.com/
Purchase tickets here: 
www.2014divasliteraryconf.eventbrite.com