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Crystal Arlene Kuykendall Will Sign Copies of Her Book “The Crystal Pumpkin” at the 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest

Native Chicagoan, Crystal Arlene Kuykendall, author of ”The Crystal Pumpkin“, provides an explosive and riveting portrayal of events in local and national history, as seen through the lens of a young Black girl who grows into adulthood in Chicago. The characters are real, and their lives, like their stories, are unforgettable. The lessons provided are universal, and the messages are moving and memorable.

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“Your heartfelt portrayal of genuine love permeates throughout the text. I was uplifted by your unwavering determination to overcome challenges, showcasing the incredible power of resilience. Your story offers profound insights into the significance of our life choices and their potential impact on the world. I have no doubt this remarkable novel will inspire and influence many.” Dr. Demetrus Liggins, Superintendent of Schools, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY

Crystal Arlene Kuykendall will be signing copies of her book The Crystal Pumpkin at the 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest on September 10, 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. The book signing event is made possible by the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet.

The Printers Row Lit Fest is the largest outdoor book festival in the Midwest. It is presented by the not-for-profit Near South Planning Board. This year’s festival will occur on September 9-10, 2023, at its usual spot at the Printers Row Park, South Loop, Chicago, Illinois. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment, storytelling, workshops, author panel discussion, book exhibits, and other family- and children-friendly activities.

Crystal Arlene Kuykendall’s non-fiction book, The Crystal Pumpkin, provides a factual account of an era that featured struggles for identity, equality, and resilience. In providing adventure, mystery, intrigue, shock, comedy, drama, tragedy and a scintillating love story, the book also showcases the incredible power of personal determination, resilience, “light givers,” and “Merchants of Hope.” The author explores the dawning of her identity amid self-doubt, family secrets, childhood fantasies, and her educational and professional challenges.

The semi-autobiography also features adventure, mystery, intrigue, shock, comedy, crime, drama, tragedy, and a scintillating love story. The book is divided into three parts: “Day,” “Dawn,” and “Dusk,” providing the stories of struggles, love, and triumph.

ReadersMagnet is more than honored to host Kuykendall’s book signing event at the Printers Row Lit Fest 2023. The company is committed to helping independent and self-published authors boost their marketing efforts, expand their brand, and connect with potential readers and even fellow authors. Visitors to the book fair and literary festival are invited to take part in Kuykendall’s book signing event at the ReadersMagnet exhibit booth on September 10, 2023, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Get a copy of The Crystal Pumpkin by Crystal Arlene Kuykendall on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Learn more about the author and her works by visiting

“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 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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