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Upcoming events:

SIGNING & DISCUSSION: THE DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL

Exposing the Black Mafia Family,” a discussion with Mara Shalhoup at the super-cool festival that draws 70,000 literary types and features keynote speaker Jonathan Franzen.

Sun., Sept. 5. 5 p.m. Decatur Conference Center Stage (Ballroom B).

LECTURE: UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

“Black Mafia Family: Politics, Crime, Celebrity, Hip-Hop and Journalism,” a lecture and discussion with Mara Shalhoup, cosponsored by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Tues., September 14. 4 p.m. Zell B. Miller Learning Center. 48 Baxter St., Athens, Ga. 706-542-7000. mlc.uga.edu.

Past events:

RELEASE PARTY: ATLANTA

Celebrate the release of the book with a reading/signing by author Mara Shalhoup, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, and an art show featuring works from photographer David Stuart and multi-media artist Fahamu Pecou. Be among the first to purchase BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family, which hits the street that day. Books will be sold on-site by A Cappella.

Tues., March 2, 7-10 p.m. Eyedrum. Free!

290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Ga. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

SIGNING: MACON, GA

The author will be signing and discussing BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.

Fri., March 5, 7-8 p.m. Barnes & Noble. 5080 Riverside Drive, Macon, Ga. 478-474-0161.

SIGNING: EAST POINT, GA

The author will be signing and discussing BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.

Sat., March 13, 1-2 p.m. Barnes & Noble. 3685 Market Place Blvd., East Point, Ga. 404-349-0359.

SIGNING: ATHENS, GA.

The author will be signing and reading from BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.

Wed., March 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Cine. 234 West Hancock Ave., Athens, Ga. 706-353-7377.

SIGNING: BUCKHEAD

The author will be signing and discussing BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.

Fri., March 19, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Borders. 3637 Peachtree Road, Atlanta , Ga. 404-237-0707.

SIGNING: ATLANTA

The author will be signing BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.

Thurs., April 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Outwrite Books. 991 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-607-0082.

SIGNING: BAL HARBOUR, FLA.

The author will be signing and reading from BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family.

Thurs., May 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Books & Books. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, Fla. 305-864-4241.

SIGNING: ATLANTA

Come check out the beautifully restored Rare Soul Tapas restaurant & lounge — and have author Mara Shalhoup sign your copy of BMF: The Rise and Fall of Big Meech and the Black Mafia Family. Books will be for sale on site by Borders.

Fri., May 21, 7-9 p.m. Rare Soul Tapas. 554 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, Ga., 30308. 404-549-9024.

PANEL DISCUSSION: RACE & LITERATURE: WRITING ACROSS RACIAL LINES

The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a literary panel discussion featuring Mara Shalhoup, author of BMF; Karin Slaughter, author of Broken; Denene Milner, author of The Sistahs’ Rules and Aliya S. King, co-author of Keep the Faith: A Memoir.

Fri., June 25, 7-9 p.m. Auburn Avenue Research Library. 101 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, Ga., 30303. RSVP here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

BMF on the History Channel show "Gangland": In an episode titled "Death Before Dishonor," the History Channel delves into the Black Mafia Family. BMF author Mara Shalhoup makes a guest appearance. Fri., Sept. 24, 10 p.m. www.history.com.

Updates

Young Jeezy, Big Meech, the Black Family Mafia, and a hundred thousand kilos of coke

A Q&A with Miami New Times

My Hot 93.7 interview about BMF

The wide reach of the Black Mafia Family, from Jeezy to Jacob, Fab to Diddy