Marva Allen is a noted book expert and author of two acclaimed books, Protegee (1993) and Camouflage (2000) the sequel. Her latest novel, If I Should Die Tonight … will be published by Simon and Schuster in the Fall of 2016. Allen has been the “go to” person for books for NPR, NBC and is the on-air book contributor and commentator for Arise TV.
As a partner in the imprint Open Lens, she is the publisher of the acclaimed Makeda from Randall Robinson, The Roving Tree from Haitian author Elsie Agustave, and has expertise on all sides of the publishing industry.
She has been instrumental in guiding the success of many authors’ books, creating one of-a-kind events and as former co-owner of Hue-man bookstore, hosted major events for Toni Morrison, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Dwayne Wade and a host of other celebrity authors.
She is a graduate of The University of Michigan.