Join Author Kalisha Buckhanon for a virtual book launch and conversation celebrating Running to Fall published by AALBC Aspire


On November 7th, at 7:00 p.m. EST, join author Kalisha Buckhanon and literary activist Ron Kavanaugh for our virtual book launch and conversation celebrating Running to Fall published by AALBC Aspire. Register Here ▶

From the award-winning author of Speaking of Summer comes Running to Fall, a suspenseful, truthful look into the lives of women who drink to survive or just to cope, with a provocative narrator who carries readers along an emotional journey to acceptance.

Tragedy and Victor Powell have moved to the desirable but dark Grayson Glens enclave of dream homes just outside of Chicago. Stressed urbanites, they’ve got to live large in real life to stay large online. With only a few Blacks in their elite gated community, they settle in but never quite feel at home. Then, a missing young Black woman floats up in the Grayson River.

Is the spirit of the mysterious scarlet-lettered woman, Raven McCoy, haunting Grayson during the pandemic?

Tragedy, haunted by her own difficult checkered past versus Victor’s sterling history, thinks so. The pressure to manage his image for profit drives her to drink, even when his trying teen daughter visits. But Victor’s ex-wife, the Grayson gossip and a female detective all close in on Tragedy’s unraveling life. Then Tragedy spirals into addiction, past secrets, and the local women’s fight for justice for a woman.

Running to Fall is also available in paperback and hardcover at, your favorite independent bookstore, and wherever books are sold. The eBook is available from


Kalisha Buckhanon is the author of the novels UpstateConceptionSolemn, and Speaking of Summer. Her novels are praised in such places as EssenceELLETimeEntertainment Weekly, and O Magazine with honors from the American Library Association, Hurston/Wright Foundation, Friends of American Writers, and National Book Foundation.

She has appeared on true crime TV shows on BET, ID Channel, and TV-One as a case expert. She has also been a guest on NPR Chicago, BBC London, and more. She lives in Chicago.

Visit her website

Read Book Excerpt – Running to Fall: A Novel