Who says books are dead?
Not those that showed up for the launch of bestselling author Carl Weber’s latest book, The Man in 3B. The launch was held at the central branch of the Queens library and brought out fans, followers and avid readers to the event.
Carl Weber made remarks about his writing career and how the many books in his stable were created. It was a story laced with drama, punctuated with sadness and had a whole lot of humor. Guests of the event were on edge, hanging on his every word and enjoying every minute of it. It was easy to see why his books were bestsellers and why he had such a following.
The Man in 3B, is a new twist on the Weber formula. It still contains lots of the well developed and realistic characters that has become his signature, but this novel is a who-done-it which begins with the main character murdered. Fans were not willing to let Weber leak any of the details about the story, wanting to read it for themselves, but he did divulge that the book differs in that “you learn about the main character from how the other characters view him”. The book contains lots of the drama and tight writing style that has made him a New York Times Bestselling Author, and more importantly, all the surprises and shocks readers won’t see coming which is typical of Weber drama.
The central branch of the library, in the heart of Jamaica, was a fitting place for such a launch. Many of his books are set in the Jamaica area, Weber’s hometown. Why Jamaica, Queens, “you write about thing you know,” said the author who used to own a bookstore on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard across from Rochdale Village. The library felt it was a good match hoping to connect readers with something “fresh and today” said Doris Jones, the library’s program assistant/adult services. The match worked perfectly based on the good turnout of guests and need for additional chairs.
Guests were not limited to women, with a good portion of men in the mix. Kasim Power, was in attendance and credits Weber with helping him follow the dream of wanting to be a writer. “I always wanted to write,” he said. He had a conversation with Weber after one of his book signings and has found the discipline to pursue his dream. He continues to be a fan.
Weber signed books and chatted with residents before ending the evening. As promised, he stayed until the last person had their fill. It was his way of giving back to an audience he humbly credited for giving him “my opportunity,” he said. “I’m here because of the people who support me”.
Carl Weber is the author of The First Lady, Married Men, The Choir Director, Player Haters, Baby Mama Drama and many more. He is currently developing a sequel to the popular book “The Choir Director” and working on a television pilot based on The Family Business.