Bestselling Author Mary B. Morrison and Celia Anderson Selected as Feature Authors at the 2009 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans

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Ms. Anderson will be a featured panelist and Empowerment Seminar workshop conveyor on Friday and Saturday (July 3-4) from noon until 2:00 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center located at 900 Convention Center Boulevard.

Author Celia Anderson (center) with bestselling Authors Virgina DeBerry (left) & Donna Grant (right)

It has all truly been a blessing

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Author Celia Anderson has been recently added to the list of prominent icons, including Dr. Bill Cosby, Dr. Juanita Bynum, Bishop T.D. Jakes, bestselling Author Mary B. Morrison and musical artists Maxwell, Beyonce´ and Anita Baker, invited to participate at the 15th Anniversary of the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans this year. Ms. Anderson will be signing in conjunction with the Empowerment Seminar workshops on Friday and Saturday (July 3-4) from noon until 2:00 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center located at 900 Convention Center Boulevard.

The Essence Music Festival will be the last event on a 12 city tour for Anderson that included Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles which began in May. “It has all truly been a blessing,” she says, “Sometimes I still pinch myself.” In only five short months, her novel, Love, Ocean, has gained national attention in the educational arena and currently being adopted in the curriculum of more than fifty schools and youth programs throughout the country.

Love, Ocean is the first of four in the Ocean Series. Anderson will also be published alongside E. Lynn Harris by Random House in a compilation of short stories entitled, Love Is Stronger Than Pride, with a tentative release date of July 2009. She uses her novels along with an interactive presentation for teenagers, entitled G.A.M.E.T.I.M.E (Gaining a Meaningful Education to Insure Maximum Elevation), to empower young adults who feel powerless to achieve greatness.

Love, Ocean is not a love story. It is however, a story about love and how "it" alone is the glue that holds America together.

For further information on Celia Anderson visit http://www.celiaanderson.com.

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