Ia: B.O.S.S.


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BHC Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.75 inches | 1.02 pounds

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About the Author

A native Detroiter and public school educator, Winston created the IA series, a coming of age hero's journey, as part of a creative writing and 'Boys Read' program. He is also piloting the Adopt an Author program to connect authors with young readers via the web to help foster the love of reading. He is a graduate of The Recording Institute of Detroit, Wayne State University, The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, and received his MA and MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has written songs with and for Grammy winner David Foster and record mogul Clive Davis. He has been a recording artist on Arista and Polygram records, and has written and/or produced songs for Gerald Levert, Gerald Alston, and many others. Winston currently lives with his daughter, Marquette, in Michigan and intends to acquire an African Grey parrot one day when he conquers his irrational fear of birds.


A much-needed book in a much-needed genre, a book about, and for, those living the real story each and every day on our streets, in our cities and in the hallways of our schools. Sit back and allow it to open your eyes to things you don't want to see. Jeff Talarigo, author of The Pearl Diver

Once again, IA: B.O.S.S. achieves a slick progression of storytelling with deep psychological themes and an urban gang violence atmosphere. Fresh, current and absolutely superb. Readers' Favorite

Continuing the saga of our young hero, Winston reinforces that we may stumble, fall, even backslide, but if we're patient, if we dig deep enough, our abilities are there. IA: B.O.S.S. is a glorious ride of striving for strength, confidence, and retaining the humanity within. Las Vegas Review-Journal

While other boys his age worry about grades, sports, and maybe girls, Naz also learns about his unique skills and the person who gifted them to him. Full of mystery, heart, and heartache, IA: B.O.S.S. is a ride readers won't forget. Allison Maruska, The Fourth Descendant

The IA series is about personal strength and growth. It's about a boy growing up in an underprivileged neighbourhood, finding his place in the world without losing himself. It's about peer pressure and bullying and the value of friendship. And it is all delivered with a sensitivity and intelligence that is sorely absent from much that passes as literature these days. Daphne Kapsali, Author of 100 Days of Solitude

If kids today need a new superhero their own age, Winston has more than succeeded in supplying it with the IA series. Drea Damara, Award-winning author of The Weeping Books of Blinney Lane