Alumnus, Author to Discuss Published Book | St. Lawrence University

Alumnus, Author to Discuss Published Book

St. Lawrence University alumnus and author LaQuan Bell ’14 will speak about his book, Sapphire: The Dawning, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Sullivan Student Center’s Winston Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Bell (nom de plume Scorpio Devereux) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in performance and communication arts from St. Lawrence in 2014. Since graduating, he has held positions as an event coordinator for Borough of Queens, tax auditor at a wealth management firm in Manhattan, intern at NBC’s “The Maury Show” and co-producer of  pop culture related shows on WBAI Radio. He wrote and published for the The New York Amsterdam News and worked as a senior case manager for the homeless shelters of New York City.

Bell decided to leave it all behind to become an independent author. Sapphire: The Dawning was released in July 2018 and quickly garnered public attention.

During his talk, he will discuss the Sapphire project and influences from his own college experience at St. Lawrence as a person of color attending a predominately white university. Bell is scheduled to release Unfinished Business, part two of the Sapphire trilogy in mid-2019, and The Return in 2020.    

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