Andrew Snorton: Open House
On February 16th at 1pm, Hub City Bookshop will host Andrew Snorton for a meet-and-greet.
A New Jersey native, graduate of Ocean Township High School (Ocean, NJ), and alumnus of Wake Forest University is part of Andrew’s background and story. After his time in corporate (State Farm Insurance), the public sector (Gwinnett County Public Schools, where he taught language arts, social studies, drama/theater arts, and journalism, as well as serving as an advisor for the school’s yearbook, poetry club, journalism club, and intramurals/after-school sports program), he embarks on establishing Creative Community Solutions, LLC (which provides education-based services ranging from tutoring to ACT/SAT prep and workshops, as well as press/media services for businesses, events, and individual entities).
As an author, he has written two books, Deeper than your deepest sleep: thoughts on love with Joseph Snorton, and 9 stories of faith: volume 1. “Deeper” is a book designed for lovers of poetry, as it is based on conversation with an extended family member who he does not realize exists until May 2014 when as an invitee to the memorial service for the late Dr. Maya Angelou, his invitation is in the name of Joseph instead of his; after going on a fact-finding mission, he is able to track down his relative, and among the conversations they have, the one on love is beyond engrossing and inviting. In looking at love via the lenses of family (i.e. parent/guardian, extended family), friends, community service and outreach, people in your life, people who have left your life, and self-reflection, it is a frank insight full of humor, some hurt, hope, and happiness for what lies ahead, all through the lens of poetry.
9 stories of faith: volume 1, goes in a vastly different yet just as engaging direction. Many can identify with the concept of dealing with some sort of life challenge of the moment, but what of those who can identify living with a daily challenge? This collection of interviews and testimonies cut across the faith community (in this edition, Christianity, Hindu, and Islam), but across daily life challenges of physical health (i.e. multiple sclerosis), mental health (bipolar disorder), life after incarceration, life after a family member transitions, and others. Through their faith, consistency with best practices in health and wellness, their support network of family, friends, and loved ones, and their self-image and drive, people show their ability to live lives of meaning, value, and purpose.
He has conducted book signings in Metro-Atlanta, Macon (GA), Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Chicago, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Birmingham, Baltimore, Randolph (NJ), Ocean (NJ), and Washington, DC among other cities. Since his debut in February 2017, he has served as a participating author and/or panelist for 12 book festivals, including (but not limited to) the East of The River Book Festival (Washington, DC in October 2018), Bluffton Book Festival (Bluffon, SC in November 2018), Atlanta African-American Author Festival (2018), and the Mississippi Book Festival (2017 and 2018). Both books are currently up for awards by the Author Academy Awards (“Deeper” for the memoir category and “9 stories” for the self-help category; for more details, refer to authoracademyawards.com).
Andrew is a former writer for Examiner.com (March 2010 through July 2016 when the magazine ended their publication), and has contributed to multiple publications, including the Wake Forest University Magazine, Winston-Salem Chronicle, and other publications. He is a board member of the LEAD Foundation (Lawrenceville, GA), which provides year-round programming for students in grades 6-12 and through #TheLiteracyProject, supports reading programs in Metro-Atlanta, Chicago, and Winston-Salem. He has or presently serves on advisory boards at Wake Forest University, including the Greek Alumni Advisory Board (since 2016), Alumni Council (2011-16), Association of Wake Forest University Black Alumni (president from 2011-15), Deacon Club, Alumni-in-Admissions, and School of Divinity (2016-19). He also serves on the board for Family Food Festival Atlanta and through the Alphas of Atlanta, Inc. (a collective of the 8 graduate chapters that serve the Metro-Atlanta area), he serves as the press/media contact for its #AlphaDerbyWeekend, a Kentucky Derby themed weekend event which provides financial support for 8 area nonprofits (after initially becoming a member through the college chapter, Xi Eta, at Wake Forest University).
He is the host of The Conversation Corner with Author Andrew Snorton, a show that airs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7pm on the Status Network/LyveTV channel (viewable via the network’s website, free app, multiple social media platforms [Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, YouTube, and others], ROKU, and the live for his Facebook page, Author Andrew Snorton, as well as @authorasnorton on Instagram). His show covers key topics and people in the fields of entertainment, business, community, and other fields, including fellow authors.
He presently resides in Metro-Atlanta (GA).