Posted by: Katie B | October 9, 2018

Like Vanessa Book Launch – by Debut Author Tami Charles – Rocks the B&N!

Tami Charles launched her debut middle grade novel, Like Vanessa, to a packed house of enthusiastic readers. The story features a young African American girl who dreams of becoming like Miss America beauty queen Vanessa Williams. Barnes and Noble hosted the event featuring Karyn Parsons of Fresh Prince of Bel Air fame as the MC. There was a line out the door for autographs and the store ran low on books. Now that’s a launch!

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The book is heartfelt and a wonderful addition to the cannon of children’s literature. It speaks to a time and age of change that still resonates today, and we can all take something away from her message. Not to mention – it’s a swift read with pages that turn themselves!

To learn more about Tami and her upcoming releases, visit her website:

And you can learn more about Like Vanessa in this Book Riot interview:

You can order her book at the usual places (like Barnes & Noble and Amazon) and at your local indie bookstore.


  1. I wish I could have been there!!!

    • We missed you!!

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