Carl Weber once planned to be an accountant, and he earned a B.S. in that field from Virginia State University plus an MBA in marketing from the University of Virginia. But Weber also loved crafting a good tale, and his books have proven enormously popular. His latest, Big Girls Do Cry, just released this month, continues his chronicle about the activities of the BGBC (Big Girls Book Club), a group of black women who celebrate both their heritage and their bodies (members must be at least size 14 to join). Like Weber's many other successful novels, Big Girls Do Cry covers a wealth of topics, among them class, gender and generational conflict in the black community, the church's changing role and the impact that fraternities and sororities play in deciding issues and agendas. He's also publisher and editorial director of Urban Books, and influential in helping identify aspiring writers and launching their careers. He brings his blend of storytelling and business savvy to Nashville this week.
Thu., Feb. 11, noon, 2010