R. Jordan Davis Hosts a Conversation With Author Amber Underwood on August 20 at Central Library


What: R. Jordan Davis Presents “The Local Pen: Featuring Amber Underwood, Author of HupomoneWhen: Noon to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 20, 2022 
Where: The Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203 
Details: R. Jordan Davis is hosting a conversation with Amber Underwood, author of Hupomone. 

Birmingham, Ala. - Birmingham Public Library Board of Trustees Member R. Jordan Davis has a passion for libraries and the joy of reading.  From noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 at the Central Library, Jordan is hosting the first of a series of author conversations, “R. Jordan Davis Presents The Local Pen: A Conversation with Amber Underwood, author of Hupomone

In her debut book, Hupomone, Amber shares her story of God's faithfulness through adversity, hardship, and broken relationships. She shares how dealing with her pain in an unhealthy way almost cost her life. But a failed attempt at suicide put her before a counselor and after that, her voyage of healing and further becoming came to be. She speaks from a place of having been and uses her story to challenge readers to yield to their faith and embrace the good and indifferent parts of themselves so they too can heal and become. Amber knows that while we are shaped by our own individual journeys, we too get to decide how we transform and embrace our becoming! 

In a Q &A with BPL, Davis talked about The Local Pen and the debut of his author conversation series.

 BPL: What is The Local Pen? 

Davis: The Local Pen is an innovative and immersive literary movement that champions the work of local authors. Through advertising, book signings and book discussions, local authors are given a platform to share their message and story with community.

BPL: What will be taking place on Saturday August 20, at Central Library when you kick off this first author conversation. 

 Davis: Amber Underwood and R. Jordan Davis will be in conversation about her newest project, Hupomone.  After the conversation, there will be time for a Q&A, as well as book purchase and signing. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program. 

BPL: Will you be bringing any other authors to Birmingham in future?

Davis: It is my hope that I can continue to bring local and national authors to our libraries in an effort to engage the citizens of Birmingham in a new and exciting way. With each event, I hope people understand that the way in which we were once taught to interact with libraries is no more. We're moving different! 

BPL: What is your favorite book and author? 

Davis: “No, You Shut Up; Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming America” by Symone Sanders. Sanders explores the complexities of excelling professionally in your 20s and how to navigate being the only young person in hyper-professional spaces. It is marching orders to all the young folks who are making history to keep going and most importantly never stop growing.

About Hupomone: 
 Excerpt from book: "With sweat dripping down my face, I gripped the white Kleenex and decided to take one more minute. When I opened my mouth to answer his question, life as I once knew it would never be the same. "Amber, how did you get here?" He asked me again. "I don't know," I said. "Because the last thing I remember is leaving the guys room and waking up in a hospital." 

Amber Underwood, author of "Hupomone"

About author Amber Underwood 

Amber Underwood is a believer, social servant, lover of soul healing, and beacon for the becoming. She is most in her element when she is traveling, trailblazing, teaching, and having meaningful conversations over coffee. Amber is a native of Alabaster, Alabama and two-time graduate of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, where her journey of higher learning became the voyage to awaken her purpose. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's in Social Work, both in which afforded her the opportunity to build international collaborations in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. 

Amber is a purposed businesswoman balancing corporate and all things purpose on this side of life. Through healing, writing, and speaking, Amber empowers women to cultivate the courage to persevere, to develop faith to trust God more, and boldly pursue the purpose God has placed in their hearts. She is passionate about women striving to overcome life's stressors affecting their mental health, childhood trauma, relational issues, substance abuse, and any known and unknown barriers preventing them from becoming their best self. 

R. Jordan Davis

R. Jordan Davis is a native of Birmingham, Ala. and 2016 graduate of The Altamont School. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehouse College and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University. He has held internships with Congresswoman Terri Sewell, the Stacey Abrams for Governor Campaign, the Atlanta Mayor’s Executive Office of Communications, and the Georgia General Assembly.

Jordan is employed with a regional legal advocacy group and through the intersection of civics and culture, hopes to increase civic engagement and help governments deliver on the promise of good policy. He is a resident of District 2, a member of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, and serves on the Alumni Board for The Altamont School Alumni Association. 

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