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Free book reading and signing on July 18, 2012 at the Smyrna Public Library from 6:00-8:00pm.

North Hollywood, CA – (June 8, 2012) On July 18, 2012 from 6:30-8:00pm, bestselling author Adilah Barnes will join the Smyrna Public Library located at 100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, Georgia 30080 for a free book reading and autographed book signing. This book signing is sponsored by the Wolfe Recreation Center located at 884 Church Street, Smyrna, GA 30080.

In the mid-1980’s an acting class of Adilah Barnes’ at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco gave her a white textured book with a dried flower-cover, as an inspirational reminder, that they wanted her to consider writing an acting book to reach more actors globally. The thought was far from Barnes’ mind at the time.

Fast forward to 2012 and Adilah Barnes’ book, ON MY OWN TERMS One Actor’s Journey that came in #3 for softback books in Essence Magazine in June, 2009 behind President Obama’s two books. This extraordinary book takes the reader on an unforgettable ride with Barnes from age sixteen when she took her first acting class in Project Upward at California State University, Chico. There she played The Queen in A.A. Milne’s play, The Ugly Duckling and has gone on to play powerful roles in film, television and on stage.

In a deeply personal account of her own life and career, Barnes shares her battles, triumphs, frustrations, and joys, both silent and overt. Aside from focusing on Barnes’ multifaceted career, ON MY OWN TERMS brings to life a 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.


Adilah Barnes is a testament to the truth that is possible to become a successful working actor without the trappings of fame. Her humble beginnings began in the dusty prune fields near Oroville, California and her acting achievements have garnered her roles in recent tv roles that include Harry’s Law, Prime Suspect and The Middle, as well as such award-winning films as Erin Brockovich and HBO’s Iron-Javed Angels. She has temped as a receptionist and has also worked five seasons as an actor on the top-rated television sitcom, Roseanne. She knows firsthand the gritty reality of the have-nots, and has also navigated through her seemingly insurmountable odds and come out on the other side as an actor on her own terms.

Although her wings spread many years ago to include notable television and film work, she has also maintained her roots in theatre. Since 1990, she has toured her one-woman historical show, I Am That I Am: Woman, Black to 40 states and three continents including North America, Africa and Europe. She is also proprietor of The Writers Well in Sharpsburg, GA, and shares her many talents as an educator, co-founder/producer of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, and as talk show host on BlakeRadio.com’s “Adilah.” Barnes has received numerous awards over the years and in 2010 received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment, Spirit of Peace Award,  Outstanding Achievement and Artistic Excellence Award. The Adilah Barnes Arts and Literary Achievement Scholarship was also established in 2010 in her name for inner city youth at the Jenny Lind Elementary School in Minneapolis, MN.

For more information on the Smyrna Public Library reading call 404-388-6750 or for more information on Adilah’s book or The Writer’s Well in Georgia, please go to www. adilahbarnes.com or call (770) 254-9888.

                              DON’T MISS!!!
Reading and Autographed Book Signing

JULY 18, 2012

  Smyrna Public Library
100 Village Green Circle, Smyrna, GA 30080
6:00pm - 8:00pm
(770) 431-2860


Photo Credit:  Coleman Photography


Adilah Barnes is an award-winning actor of stage, tv and film. Her recent tv credits include roles on NBC’s Harry’s Law and Prime Suspect, as well as ABC’s The Middle. She also recurred on ABC’s Roseanne for five seasons as “Anne Marie” and co-starred in films such as Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts and Iron-Jawed Angels with Hilary Swank. She is proprietor of The Writer’s Well , an international literary retreat for women in Sharpsburg, GA and hosts the highly rated internet talk show, Adilah on BlakeRadio.com. Adilah co-founded the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival in 1993 and is an acting and writing instructor. In June, 2009, Essence Magazine named ON MY OWN TERMS: One Actor’s Journey the #3 bestselling book behind President Obama’s two books. Adilah has received many awards over the years including the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Adilah Barnes Literary and Arts Scholarship was established in 2010 in her name for inner city youth in Minneapolis, Mn.


“Rich with bloodline of heritage, textured, nuanced, and mystic, transforms with the rhythm of an artistic griot . . . we relate to the writer’s experiences, adopting them as our own to examine, explore,

and savor . . . This is an important work . . . a profound read with political heart . . . Although this is an Actor’s story, this is the Hero’s journey . . . 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.”

                                                      A Gathering of the Tribe Magazine

  “She did it. She did it with dignity and love of the craft. She did it on her own terms . . .

This is a must read . . . Adilah has successfully blended art, business and integrity in On My Own Terms. . . So enjoy the journey, and allow Adilah’s insights and life triumphs and tribulations to entertain you, inform you, and cause you much pause for reflection . . . There are so many wonderful things I can say . . .

but, you, the reader will experience her words for yourself.”

                                                       Ella Joyce, Actor

  “I’ve known Adilah since the 70’s when we were both part of the theatre scene in the Bay Area. Not only is she an actor I respect for her well-crafted work, I also tip my hat for what she’s contributed to the theatre community in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area. In both cities, she made things happen by starting organizations that supported actors.”

                                                                     — Danny Glover, Actor

  “Not only have I always admired Adilah’s performing abilities, but I’ve come to respect and value her teachings as well . . . I am lucky to have had her as a guide and friend.”
  — Toni Braxton, Vocalist/Actor


Sep 24, 2010 Friday
TBA - St. Louis Classics Women's Tea (Keynote Address) St. Louis, MO

Sep 25, 2010 Saturday
TBA - St. Louis Classics Women's Tea (Keynote Address) St. Louis, MO

Sep 26, 2010 Sunday
TBA - West Hollywood Book Fair (Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival participant/author' s booth)

January 19, 2010 - Keynote Address at the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Oroville, CA - 10am
February 28, 2010 - Speaker at Dare 2 Dream Conference, Hollywood, CA - 6:30pm
April 6 -10, 2010 - City of Minneapolis Residency (Multiple Events)
April 14, 2010 - Spirit of Peace Awards Dinner, Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA - 6pm
April 17, 2010 - Keynote Address at UC Santa Cruz's Black Escargot Alumni Reunion

Adilah will appear on ABC's new television series "The Middle." Tentatively scheduled for November 25, 2009

May 19, 2009
Van Nuys, CA
Guest at Circle of Sisters Reading Circle
for discussion of 
ON MY OWN TERMS One Actor's Journey

June 7, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
Guest at Sisters of the Word Book Club
 for discussion of 
ON MY OWN TERMS One Actor's Journey

June 17, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Panel
Screen Actors Guild,
5757 Wilshire Blvd, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036

June 24, 2009 -10:00 a.m.
California Art's Project - Courageous Creative Conference
Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel
1717 S. Disneyland Drive.
Anaheim, CA 92802

Women in the Theatre Red Carpet Awardee, North Hollywood, CA, Oct. 14, 2006
African American Women in Cinema, NYC, October 26 - 28th, 2006

University of California at Santa Cruz , Multicultural Career Conference - February 11, 2006
U.S. Department of Fish and Game - February 24, 2006
Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival - March 23-26, 2006

April 27 - 30, 2005

White Privilege Conference, Central College, Pella, Iowa. For more information please visit www.antiracism.com


Daniel Freeman Elementary School
2602 West 79th Street
Inglewood, CA

November 13-16, 2003 

Nu Purpose Entertainment Conference, Tortola, British Virgin

June 11-14, 2003 

California Arts Council recipient and participant at the Gateway to the Americas Conference, Mexico City, Mexico.

October 17, 2002

  Los Angeles, California - Facilitator for the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival's Workshop: "Creating a Solo Show" at the William Grant Still Arts Center, 7-10pm, Los Angeles

October 21, 2002

Los Angeles, California - Guest Speaker for the Community Arts Scholar program at the University of California at Los Angeles. World Arts and Cultures Department, 2-4pm.

November 9, 2002

Los Angeles, California - Peace Quest's Peace Maker Awardee for being one of four that have annually supported that community program since its inception. Other awardees are: The Cheesecake Factory, Nabisco and the LA Lakers Girls. (more details tba)

November 14, 2002

  Santa Monica, California - Panelist for "The Hollywood Conversation Series: Women in Hollywood" hosted by publicist, Michael Levine. 6:30-9:30pm. Panelists include: Roseanne and Sally Kirkland. For more information, please call (310) 674-1776


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