Grammar question?

Question:Is this punctuated correctly?
Deborah Valentine, author of the book, “CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace” says, "(quote here)."
I do have the name of the book in italics in my paper, but I'm specifically wondering if the commas are all in the right place, of if I need a comma after the name of the book. Thanks!




Answers:
Deborah Valentine, author of the book <i>CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace</i> says, "Quote."

The phrase "author of the book <i>CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace</i>" is an appositive--a phrase that describes "Deborah Valentine." Therefore, it must be set off by commas on both sides.

You don't need a comma before the title of the book because the title is NOT an appositive.

After the word "says," you definitely need to have either a comma or a colon--either is correct. When a quotation is not incorporated into the grammar of your own sentence but is simply introduced by a word like "says" or "states," it must be set off by a comma (or colon). You can omit this punctuation if you incorporate the quote into your sentence this way: "Deborah Valentine . . . says THAT 'quote.'"
Yes, you do need a comma between "Workplace" and the quotation marks right after. So:

Deborah Valentine, author of the book, “CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace,” says, "(quote here)."

Seems like a lot of commas, but they all have a purpose!
A comma is needed after Valentine but not book. There should also be a comma at the end of Workplace. The title of the book can either go italicized, underlined and some teachers accept it to be in quotes. If it is in quotes, the comma goes inside of the quotation mark. The period at the end will be inside the quotation marks as well.

Deborah Valentine, author of the book {italics}CrossTalk: Communicationg in a Multicultural Workplace"{/italics}, says, "(quote)."
I think it should be like this:

Deborah Valentine, author of the book “CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace”, says: "(quote here)."

Depending on your preference, I don't believe you HAVE to have a colon after "says" but you definitely don't need a comma.

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