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Join us as we perform excerpts from Dwayne Alexander Smith's, Forty Acres, a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


Q&A with the Author immediately follows the reading.


TST - Bringing Books to Life!

Presented by the TST Virtual Salon.


by Dwayne
Alexander Smith

Sunday, September 20th
at 4 p.m.

A novel of rage and compassion, good and evil, trust and betrayal, Forty Acres is the thought-provoking story of one man’s desperate attempt to escape the clutches of a terrifying new moral order.

Meet the Cast and Creatives

The cast of the reading will feature

The show was directed by

TST Artistic Director Nancy Cheryll Davis

and produced by

Praise for the performance.


"Hey Nancy. That was a fabulous show. The actors were all very believable and I felt like they were the people I had imagined as I read the book. The production was first rate with no technical problems." - R. Davis


"Brilliant! Acting and directing and production! Kudos." - M. Puccioni


Thoroughly enjoyed the production. Congrats to all." - J. Webb


"Superb performance." - P. Varner


"Awesome‼️ I was so totally into it that it wasn't just a zoom presentation, it came alive. Shout out to all the actors, esp the female cast. Their expressions were priceless and so right on! Well done TST! Also, the discussion with the author was very informative and the moderator was excellent!" - C. Williams


"Bravo!" - D. Charles


"I just wanted to send a quick email to say how impressed I was with the reading yesterday. I was engaged from the beginning to the end and now I'm very curious to see how it unfolds. I guess I'll have to read the book.The performances were awesome! Great work!" - D. Harper


"The reading was absolutely fantastic. Just bought the book." - N. Ector


"Bravo! Couldn't stay for the Q & A but this was the best thing I've seen in a long time! Looking forward to reading the book. Also the performances, Zoom graphics, music, everything all outstanding! Thanks to TST for all the greatness that you do!" - B. Morgan-White


"Nancy! Nancy! Nancy! This was the best ever. I loved the music and graphics at the beginning, the acting, and the choices you made regarding what to read. Everything about the production was spot on. The actors were so good I forgot they were not together in the same room. TST has mastered this technology!  Congratulations Towne Street!" - C. Finley

Praise for the novel

"Forty Acres is an absolutely enthralling thriller, one that also has the capacity to challenge the readers' perceptions of right and wrong. With supreme confidence and a mastery of storytelling, the author asks hard questions, provides no easy answers… But delivers maximum suspense. It’s an unforgettable work by an amazing new voice. Easily my favorite of the year." - John Ridley, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of "Twelve Years a Slave"

"A thought-provoking novel that, like a wave, builds strength and intensity as it moves forward. Smith has done something special here using as his primary tools earnest, straightforward language and an eye and ear that probes bone-deep. This story will resonate long after the last page has fallen." - David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "King and Maxwell"

"Wow! Forty Acres is a thriller in a class all by itself—brilliant and scary. The characters are masterfully well-drawn—Martin was so vulnerable and his confusion grew on me so that I ultimately cared and worried about him. I was on the edge of my seat!" - Terry McMillan, New York Times bestselling author of "Waiting to Exhale" and "Who Asked You?"

"Top-grade suspense... [A] disturbingly powerful, well-wrought story." - Booklist


“Bold… Entertaining… Intriguing.” - Publishers Weekly

“On the surface this is a skillful re-imagining of John Grisham's "The Firm," but because Smith has made race an integral part of his narrative and its themes, he's elevated the book to a more layered read." - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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