OAK PARK — Los Angeles-based journalist, Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn, will lead a discussion on the themes of her book, “Swirling: How to Date, Mate, and Relate Mixing Race, Culture, and Creed,” on Feb. 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Underground Books 2814 35th Sacramento.
Book signing to follow. Attendees will also experience a pre-Valentine’s Day pampering, and a chance to win a special gift from Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant, Ciji McBride.
“Swirling” is a first-time book release for Littlejohn and co-author, pop culture blogger Christelyn D. Karazin. Written as a dating wake-up call for African American women, “Swirling” has quickly attracted general audience readers both male and female.
It is the first handbook on navigating the exciting, tricky, and potentially disastrous terrain of interracial, intercultural and interfaith relationships, with testimonials and expert tips on how to make the bumpy ride a bit smoother.
“Swirling” debunks social, cultural and sexual myths on “dating out” and serves as a practical guide for coping with disapproving friends and family, and offers advice from couples happily “swirling.”
Released May 15, 2012 by Atria Paperback (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), “Swirling” debuted at No. 53 among books on SEX and #65 among books on HAPPINESS on Amazon.com’s Top 100 Books listing. Critical and reader reviews of the book have been overwhelmingly positive.
Littlejohn is a career journalist who writes about entertainment, media and culture; women and African American issues. She has newly signed-on as a culture and media contributor to theloop21.com, and is a longstanding contributor to “Multichannel News” and “Emmy” magazines.
She is a former columnist for the Associated Press and blackvoices.com. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the “Los Angeles Times,” “USA Today,” and “Essence” and “Ebony” magazines.
Beyond her work as a journalist, Littlejohn is collaborating on her first independent feature film with actor Navid Negahban (Abu Nazir of Showtime’s “Homeland”) and screenwriter, Barrington Smith-Seetachet (“Children of Others”).
She is also producing the jazzwomen horn players documentary, “…but can she play?” – a Pasadena Arts Council EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship project.
She earned a Master of Professional Writing degree from the University of Southern California and an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University, where she is an adjunct journalism professor.
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