African American Read-In featuring author Nicole Rouse

Sunday, February 3, 2008

SC State Department of English and Modern Languages presents
The 19th National African American Read-In Chain featuring Nicole Rouse

Date: Sunday, February 3, 2008
Location: I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium
Time: 4 p.m.

SC State will participate in the African American Read-In. This year's Read-In features Nicole Rouse, author of Happily Ever Now. Co-sponsored by the Beta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Nicole S. Rouse was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She developed a passion for writing in grade school. After graduating from Temple University, Nicole became an elementary school teacher, and she took every opportunity to incorporate her appreciation of various forms of writing into the curriculum. As a teacher, she became a member of the Northern Virginia Writing Project, where she promoted and encouraged students to perform and developed workshops for parents to help their children excel. Nicole has contributed articles to South County Chronicle, a local newspaper for Northern Virginia residents, and Remah, a newsletter for the members of New Faith Baptist Church in Matterson, Illinois. After five years in the classroom, Nicole was given the opportunity to pursue a career in publishing and is currently an editor at a major educational publishing company. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and resides near Chicago, Illinois.

Happily Ever Now
“In the eyes of most people that knew her, Renee Thomas had the perfect life. She married her high school sweetheart, had two well-behaved children and managed one of the top hotels in downtown Philadelphia. But, on the eve of her thirty-fifth birthday Renee’s life began to crumble. After eighteen years of marriage, Renee discovered that her husband was having an affair. How does she move forward after being betrayed by the only man she ever loved? For Renee, the phrase “happily ever after” had lost is attraction; she longs for the happily ever now. Through God’s love, can she learn to forgive and discover the true joy of life’s happiness?”