“ON MY OWN
TERMS One Actor’s Journey”
Rated #3 in Non-Fiction in Essence Magazine
Adilah Barnes’ frank and
unvarnished story about her life and its challenges from Oroville
to Oakland to L.A.
will be a primer for young actors and a good old-fashioned
page-turner for the rest of us.
Sandra Seaton, Playwright
Los Angeles, CA
– (May 18, 2009) – Adilah Barnes, award-winning stage,
television, film actor, literary retreat proprietor and education,
has been named Essence Magazine #3 Bestseller of non-fiction books
for her book, “ON MY OWN TERMS One Actor’s Journey.”
This rating is based on reporting from African American
bookstores throughout the country.
Barnes’ national 2009 book
junket tour has included bookstores (Borders, Books A Million,
Malik’s Bookstore, UC Santa Cruz’s Bay Tree Bookstore and the
Underground Bookstore in Sacramento, California. Other venues
include colleges and universities, theatres, government agencies,
book clubs and private signings. .
Barnes has come an incredibly
long way from the small town of Oroville California, has enjoyed
years of success and never compromised her integrity along the
way. She is a
testament to the truth that it is possible for an actor to have
success without the typical trappings of fame.
Her new book “ON MY OWN TERMS One Actor’s Journey”
released December 8, 2008, is a fascinating and deeply intimate
chronicle about her life, lessons learned, challenges faced and
victories won. Her
inspiring book will not only appeal to performers and those
wanting a glimpse into the world of performing arts, but will also
touch and motivate anyone who has struggled to create, reach
personal goals and overcome obstacles.
A deeply spiritual and trailblazing woman, Barnes speaks
from the heart in “ON MY OWN TERMS One Actor’s Journey.”
Aside from focusing on
Barnes’ multifaceted career, ON MY OWN TERMS brings to life the
historical backdrop including the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam
War, Black Power Movement, assassinations of public figures and
the unrest of the 1960s during her coming of age. A review by A Gathering of the Tribe Magazine states,
“…this is a deeply intelligent, thoughtful, fearless read that
dares anyone to categorize it . . . encapsulates a journey,
lyrical, poetic and evocative; an uncharted river, challenging the
reader to step across.”
To name a few, Adilah
Barnes’ acting achievements have included starring roles in
Universal Pictures’s Erin Brockovich and HBO’s Iron-Jawed Angels as well as five
seasons on the television sitcom, Roseanne.
She is co-found of the internationally known Los Angeles
Women’s Theatre Festival (now in it’s 16th year) and since
1990, she has toured her one-woman historical show, I Am That I
Am: Woman, Black to 41 states and in three continents including
North America, Africa and Europe and she is . Her many awards
include a 2009 Alpha
X-Cellence Award and a Red
Carpet Award from Women in Theatre in 2007.
ON MY OWN TERMS One
Publication Date: December 8,
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 301 pages; 978-1-4257-9008-0
Cloth Hardback; $29.99; 301 pages; 978-1-4257-9033-2
For more information, contact
Adilah Barnes Productions at email@example.com
To purchase an autographed copy of On My Own Terms One
Actor’s Journey online, go to www.adilahbarnes.com, ON MY
OWN TERMS may also be purchased online at www.amazoncom,
www.bn.com or www.xlibris.com.