Bourbon Tasting And Book Signing With Author Edward Cozza At The Ritz

October 30, 2015

eartha watts hicks1By Eartha Watts-Hicks

Walking across the threshold into the swank ambiance of the Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, I already felt spoiled.

Being a bibliophile promised a Bourbon Tasting and Book Signing at such a posh establishment, I almost felt I need to float in cloaked in chiffon in order to blend with the ambiance. Our own expectations can be misleading.

Bourbon & Book with National Award Winning Author Edward Cozza was an event that offered no disappointments and still, despite the evening’s inclement weather, was full of pleasant surprises.

…gracious and so endearing that his presence alone is enough to move copies…

First, the Bourbon Tasting introduced an assortment of bourbon from Kansas, made from corn, with mixtures of Rye or Barley, along with the instructional on how to sample and distinguish the flavors. And then, the humble gentleman introduced himself. Edward Cozza was gracious and so endearing that his presence alone is enough to move copies. He and his charming wife, Mary, engaged the audience and saw to it that rain or shine, the experience would be memorable. I find it almost ironic that Cozza’s novel, entitled Near Somewhere, is about a character at a crossroads, who desperately needs to find himself. Meanwhile, author Edward Cozza is so pleasant and comfortable in his own skin that he made sure everyone was comfortable in their own skin, as well, even at The Ritz-Carlton.

Near Somewhere is the second installment of the Connection Series by an author that debuted winning the IPPY Gold Medal and three Beverly Hills Book Awards for his title, Nowhere Yet.

Edward Cozza’s books can be purchased through his website and readers can join him on Facebook at

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Photo credit (l to r): the two authors Eartha Watts=Hicks and Edward Cozza.

Eartha Watts Hicks is Harlem World Magazine contributing writer, NAACP award winning author of LOVE CHANGES, and member of the Harlem Writers Guild. For more information on Eartha Watts Hicks, visit

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