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Crystal Arlene Kuykendall’s “The Crystal Pumpkin” Will Be Displayed at the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books 2023

Readers will be engrossed in this explosive compelling semi-autobiography that peeks into the life and struggles of a Black girl who comes of age in Chicago.

San Diego, CA – WEBWIRE

“A book of hope duplicating growing up as a black female during the civil rights era” – K. E. Jeter

Crystal Arlene Kuykendall’s “The Crystal Pumpkin” will be exhibited by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at the 2023 San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books. The book festival will occur on August 19, 2023, at the University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA.

The San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books is an annual literary event that brings together book lovers, authors, and book sellers marketers to create connections, build up their collections, and boost their businesses. Presented by the University of San Diego, the festival features different activities such as book exhibits, live entertainment, workshops, storytelling, author panel discussions, and more.

“The Crystal Pumpkin” is a semi-autobiography of author Crystal Arlene Kuykendall that provides insights into her journey through eighteen years in life. The story captures the essence of the culture, struggles, music, entertainment, experiences, art, poetry, religion, charm, and nuances of Black life, Black love, and Black survival. It talks about the life of a Black girl growing up in a Chicago neighborhood.

The book provides a factual account of an era that tackled the struggles for individual and collective identity, purpose, and social justice during an earlier and simpler time. “The Crystal Pumpkin” is divided into three parts: Dawn, Day, and, Dusk. These sections depict different experiences that lead to accepting oneself to experience pride and happiness. Through this book, the readers will experience the educational, social, and personal challenges, struggles, setbacks, and victories of the main characters during an unforgettable era. Importantly, the book celebrates the “light givers,” educators, and “Merchants of Hope” who changed the trajectory of her life.

Get a copy of “The Crystal Pumpkin” by Crystal Arlene Kuykendall on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about the author and her works at Drop by the ReadersMagnet exhibit at the San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books 2023 to check out the book’s display.

“The Crystal Pumpkin”
Author| Crystal Arlene Kuykendall
Genre| Non-fiction
Publisher| Page Publishing
Published Date| June 7, 2023

Author’s Biography

Author Crystal Arlene Kuykendall is an engaging educator, human relations expert, attorney, motivational speaker, business owner, loving mother, ordained clergy, transformative poet laureate, and endearing author. She is frequently lauded for her educational leadership, child advocacy, and social justice endeavors. Those who witness her charismatic charm and dynamic delivery have been eternally inspired during over two thousand speeches given in forty-nine American states and on four continents. Those experiencing her moving messages laugh and cry when she weaves her magic behind a microphone. Readers who experience her creative writings and sensational stories are similarly inspired by her poetry, academically challenging publications, and soul-stirring storytelling.

She is also the author of six research-based books, including the highly acclaimed national bestseller “From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black and Hispanic Students.” The creator of the poem Her Dream Deferred, she is in demand by audiences of all ages. Dr. Kuykendall is a Chicago native who now resides in Maryland. She holds six advanced degrees, including a law degree, master’s degree in divinity and sociology, and a doctorate degree in educational administration, as well as an honorary doctorate, honoris causa. She also held executive leadership positions in four national associations before becoming the founder of her own businesses. In over thirty years of sage observations, service, and inspiration to merchants of hope worldwide, she has received over 350 plaques, awards, keys to cities, and commendations for her services and savvy rhetoric. “The Crystal Pumpkin” is her first novel.

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