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Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kimberla Lawson Roby  

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Genre: C:ADULT



Illinois Connection

Kimberla was born in Rockford and attended Rock Valley College. She still resides in Rockford today.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kimberla Lawson Roby is a New York Times Bestselling Author. She is author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novels ''Casting the First Stone'', ''Here and Now'' and her debut title, ''Behind Closed Doors''. She has participated in national book tours and is currently attending book club discussions, expos, writers' conferences, colleges, universities and other literary events throughout the country on request.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Behind Closed Doors''''' *Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 1997 '''''Casting the First Stone''''' *Fiction Book of the Year Award, Blackboard, 2001 '''''A Taste of Reality''''' *Atlanta Choice Award, finalist, Atlanta Daily World, 2004 '''''Too Much of a Good Thing''''' *Patron Choice Award, Central Mississippi Regional Library System, 2004 '''Other Awards''' *First-Time Author Award, Chicago's Black History Month Book Fair and Conference, 1998 *Author of the Year Award - Female, African-American Literary Award Show, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 *Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work Fiction, NAACP, 2013 *Female Author of the Year, AAMBC, 2014