Book Talk

Gold Coast Arts proudly presents a Book Talk with critically acclaimed author Sandra Kitt, and her new novel WINNER TAKES ALL. Listen in on the conversation with long-time friends Regina Gil, executive director of Gold Coast Arts and Ms. Kitt about her novel and everything else in between.


Jean Travis has the job of announcing the latest lottery winner on TV and is stunned to find that Patrick Bennett, her teenage crush, is the top mega winner. They haven’t seen each other in years, and Patrick is thrilled to renew their acquaintance. Jean, not so much. After all, a lot has changed since they used to study together and Jean worked so hard to hide her feelings. Now that he’s won so much money, Patrick faces a whole new world of demands from family, friends, coworkers, strangers. The only person he knows for sure he can trust, is Jean…

“A page turner you don’t want to miss!” —Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

“A warm-hearted story of old flames, new loves, and a clever and nuanced plot reflecting current issues with sensitivity, warmth, and wisdom.” —Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Skillful, silky writing, interweaving Jean and Patrick’s past mistakes with hopeful futures.” —Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author


Sandra Kitt’s first mainstream novel was THE COLOR OF LOVE released, in 1995 from Signet Books, to critical acclaim from Library Journal, and USA TODAY. THE COLOR OF LOVE was also optioned by HBO and LIFETIME from a script by Sandra. She has appeared on the Black Board bestseller list in ESSENCE Magazine several times. Amazon.com has named SIGNIFICANT OTHERS among the Top 25 Romances for the 20th Century, and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS as one of the Top Ten Contemporaries for 2000. GIRLFRIENDS, an anthology from HarperCollins, was nominated for the prestigious NAACP Image Award for Fiction in 1999.

Prior to breaking out in mainstream Sandra was considered the foremost African American writer of romance fiction, and was the first black writer to ever publish with Harlequin. In 1994 she launched the successful Arabesque imprint, now part of Harlequin Books, with SERENADE. She is the recipient of a Life-Time Achievement Award in Contemporary Fiction from Romantic Times. Romance Writers of America presented Sandra with its 2002 Service Award, and the New York Chapter of RWA with its Life-Time Achievement Award the same year.

Sandra is the 2010 recipient of Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

A native of New York City, Sandra holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the City University of New York, and has studied and lived in Mexico. A one time graphic designer and free-lance illustrator she has exhibited across the U.S. and is in several corporate collections, as well as the Museum of African American Art in L.A. She has designed cards for UNICEF, and illustrated two books for the late science writer, Dr. Isaac Asimov. A frequent quest speaker Sandra has lectured at NYU, Penn State, Sarah Lawrence, and Columbia University, and was an Adjunct in Creative Writing at County College of Morris in New Jersey. Until recently Sandra sat on the Advisory Board of First Step, a job training program for woman through The Coalition For The Homeless in New York, and the Multicultural Advisory Board for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. She has appeared on TODAY NBC, Black Entertainment Television, and Good Morning, America. Sandra’s novel, Promises In Paradise, was published in June 2010. Her most recent project is a trilogy, THE MILLIONAIRES CLUB. The first book in the series is Winner Takes All, April 2021.

Sandra Elaine Kitt Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who – Click HERE to read the article