S4 E20: Gigi Gorgeous, Shannon Sedgwick Davis, and Kwame Onwuachi

In this episode of This Is the Author meet Gigi Gorgeous, author of He Said, She Said; Shannon Sedgwick Davis, author of To Stop a Warlord; and Kwame Onwuachi, author of Notes from a Young Black Chef. More than one of these authors described the audio recording process as “therapeutic.” Hear why…whether it was overcoming that childhood fear of being picked to read aloud, to completing that final step in a long publishing journey from living a story to writing it down. These authors can inspire us all to achieve our dreams and fight for what we believe in. Plus, find out which author would cast Snoop Dogg to narrate their audiobook.

Learn more about their audiobooks:

He Said, She Said

YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous brings us on her personal journey from Gregory to Gigi, going deeper than ever before and exposing her vulnerability behind each struggle and triumph with her signature humor.

“Gorgeous’ memoir is an upbeat, affirming, and thoroughly modern tale of becoming oneself.” —Booklist

To Stop a Warlord

One woman’s inspiring true story of an unlikely alliance to stop the atrocities of a warlord, proving that there is no limit to what we can do, even in the face of unspeakable injustice and impossible odds.

“This compelling and inspiring book beautifully moves each of us to take action to help the most vulnerable among us.” —Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Notes from a Young Black Chef

By the time he was twenty-seven years old, Kwame Onwuachi had opened—and closed—one of the most talked about restaurants in America. Growing up in the Bronx, as a boy Onwuachi was sent to rural Nigeria by his mother to “learn respect.” However, the hard-won knowledge gained in Africa was not enough to keep him from the temptation and easy money of the streets when he returned home. But through food, he broke out of a dangerous downward spiral. A powerful, heartfelt, and shockingly honest story of chasing your dreams—even when they don’t turn out as you expected.

“This is an astonishing and open-hearted story from one of the next generation’s stars of the culinary world. I am so excited to see what the future holds for Chef Kwame—he is a phoenix, rising into better and better things and showing us all what it means to be humble, hungry, and daring.” —José Andrés

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