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2014 Black Writers on Tour – April 19

Featured Authors

Rose’s Garden: Every Bully Needs Prayer by Shauntae’ E Harris
When faced with the school’s biggest bully, Rose is forced to confront her fears. This heartfelt story will take you on a journey of a young girl’s prayer to God. This simple prayer and miracle takes place in the garden. It gives hope and courage. For any child who is a victim of bullying or low self-esteem, this inspiring story will empower your child with love, prayer, and faith.
The Sins of Eden: Murder in the Park by Patricia Hickman-Lampley
A sadistic serial killer is on the loose in the once idyllic community of Eden Beach. In the summer of 1973, Michael Reese and his friends are looking forward to their senior year of high school until two dead bodies are found on the lawn of their favorite neighborhood park. Brothers Phillip and Johnny Mulu, have been murdered and their friends, a newly formed but vicious gang born in the Oakwood Housing Projects, go on the rampage, looking for justice. Enemies of the two brothers start to disappear or turn up dead and, as the bodies pile up, Mike and his two best friends find themselves on opposite sides of the war. Because all of the murder victims are drug dealers, gang members or both, people are quick to blame the Oaktown Boys and their allies while others start to believe the killer is a vigilante, waging his own war against the scourge that has tainted their little piece of heaven.
You Are A Star by Rachel BB, illustrated by Juacclyn Nikol
You Are A Star is a factual and empowering poetic story filled with wonderfully creative and cultural illustrations for individuals of any age to read. It uses a traditional language with new vocabulary words to learn along with the included glossary. The awesome story that is all about children of color allows individuals to connect with themselves, their environment, and their world in order to unlock their inner power. This story reminds the reader that he or she can do anything, be anything, and have anything they want in this lifetime if they stay grounded in their roots and concentrate on their future.

Saturday, April 19, 2014–9:00 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Carson Community Center • 801 East Carson Street, Carson CA • (310) 835-0212
Black Writers on Tour line: (323) Telephone: (323) 750-3592 , E-mail: DrRosie@aol.com

Paid Seminars For Writers And Aspiring Writers
Pkg. #1 $50 for one seminar. Pkg. #2 $75 for two seminars. Pkg. #3 $100 for all seminars

Time & Room Numbers (ACM=Adult Community) (Room AB=International Room AB)

10:00-11:00 – AB
How To Set Up Your E-Book On Nook & Kindle Made Simple
L.C. Green, author, publisher, business consultant & social media guru

10:00-11:00 – Lounge
Every Thing You Need To Know When Looking For A Line Editor, Story Editor, Cover Designer, Book Layout Designer, Illustrator, Publisher, Printer, Web Designer, PR Person
Darrell Mitchell, author, publisher, motivational speaker & Jessica Tilles, author, editor, book designer, graphic designer

11:00-12:00 – Lounge
How To Operate A Successful Home-based Business; Recordkeeping For Tax Compliance.
L.C. Green, author, publisher, business/tax consultant, and Clara Hunter King, ESQ, author, publisher

11:00-12:00 – Room 122
How To Write A Best-Selling Novel
Dr. Maxine Thompson, author, publisher, literary agent, talk-show host

12:00-2:00 – ACM
Author of Black Labor, White Wealth, PowerNomics: The Plan to Empower Black America, Dirty Little Secrets, More Dirty Little Secrets. Dr. Anderson will unveil his newest book.
Ticket $20 if purchased by March 15, 2014 and $25 thereafter.

12:00-1:00 – Lounge
Handling Your Book Like A Real Business And The Profit Centers You Can Develop
Lounge As An Author (Stop Leaving Money On The Table!)
Deborah Thorne, author, trainer, coined as “The Information Diva”

2:00-3:00 – AB
How To Increase Your Book Exposure and Sales Via Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Blog, etc.
L.C. Green, author, business/tax consultant; Damien Halliburton, social media specialist, website/commercial development; Halima Chancellor, talk-show host, social media consultant

2:00-3:30 – Room 122
Creative Writing Class For Beginners
Frederick Williams, professor, author, publisher

3:30-4:30 – ACM
How To Write A Book Made Simple & Your Publishing Options, The Nuts & Bolts
Dr. Rosie Milligan, author, publisher, speaker and talk-show host

3:30-5:00 – AB
How To Develop Characters That Leap Off The Page
Dr. Roland Jefferson, M.D., author and publisher

3:30-4:30 – Lounge
What You Need To Know To Be A Great Guest On Radio, Keep The Phone Ringing, Sell
Lounge Books, And Get Invited Back.
Jamal Goree, talk-show host; Keith Swanson, talk-show host; Dr. Maxine Thompson, author, literary agent and talk-show host

Free Seminars For The General Public
Time & Room Numbers (ACM=Adult Community) (Room AB=International Room AB)

8:00-9:00 – ACM
Roundtable Discussion With Authors. (A Close-Up Look At The Publishing Industry)
Authors Share Their Successful Marketing Strategies
Dr. Rosie Milligan and guests

9:30-10:45 – ACM
Children Writing Class Contest Showcase
E.L. Henderson, educator, and Dr. Eva Holmes, author, educator, Alice Houston, educator

10:00-11:00 – Room 122
A Close-Up Look At The politics of Street Lit, Urban Literature, AKA Ghetto or Gangster Lit. Is this genre of literature helpful or harmful? And Is Street Lit Something New In Black Culture? It Is Time To Look At The Positive That Has Evolved From Street Lit.
Dr. David Horne, author, college professor for multiple universities, professor of Critical Thinking and African Political-Economic History. He teaches Urban Lit and Introduction to Black American Culture.

11:00-12:30 – AB
Children Writing Class
E.L. Henderson, author, educator/trainer, Alice Houston, educator, Dr. Eva Holmes, educator, Dr. Claudia Holmes, author, educator

12:30-1:30 – AB
MASCOT-Teaching/ Entertaining/Empowering Children/Youth To Dream And To Have A Desire To Read
Roger Tinsley, Mascot, author, since 1998, he is the only urban super hero that literally keep children out of danger via teaching them how to be safe by empowering them and teaching them about safety, obesity and literacy.

1:00-2:00 – Room 122
A Close-Up look At Jobs/Careers In The Publishing Industry-Many! Leo Sullivan, animator,
founder/president of AFROKIDS; Jessica Tilles, author, editor, book designer, graphic designer; John Milligan, author, newspaper editor; George Hooks, author, graphic designer, newspaper editor; Damien Halliburton, social media specialist, website/commercial development; Jay De Vance, III, graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist

2:00-3:00 – Lounge
Let The Elders Speak (A Forum Of Elders Ages 65-100) “Facing Today’s Challenges”
Lounge The Role Of The Elders And What They Must Do To Shape A Better Future For The Next Generation. Facilitator: Kenyaka Beckley

2014 Los Angeles Black Book Expo – September 13

Panel discussions, workshops, a children’s corner, spoken word pavilion, and the best in local and national authors, writers and poets are featured at the L.A. Black Book Expo. It all happens on September 13, 2014, at Los Angeles Southwest College.

The tenth annual L.A. Los Angeles Black Book Expo feature authors, storytellers, spoken word and poetry performances, musicians, exhibitors, children’s book authors, emerging writers, publishers, booksellers, panel discussions, editors, book reviewers, and others. For more information, please visit the expo’s website at http://labbx.org/

Special activities include: backpack giveaway and fashion show, Meet and Greet with the Authors after the expo, Scavenger Hunt throughout the day, contests and other things planned. Please continue to check the LABBX website in the coming weeks under the Related Events page.

Partners include: the MJ Duffy & Company, Mitchell Business Solutions, Recycling Black Dollars, L.A. Southwest College and Sky’s The Limit Community Development Corporation. The expo invites local literary and community organizations to join us.

Where: L.A. Southwest College, 1600 West Imperial Highway, Los Angeles, CA 90047

Cost: FREE admission

Details: The L.A. Black Book Expo will feature exhibitors, panel discussions, workshops, spoken-word performances, presentations, a children’s area and signings by established and emerging, national and international black scholars and creative writers.

Celebrating the Diversity of the Written and Spoken Word!

2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The Festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics.

Festival of Books
Saturday, April 12 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is free!
Only indoor Conversations, Book Prizes and Festival After Dark require tickets. – See more at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/fob-info/#sthash.Rq2uqVvw.dpuf

Book Prizes Ceremony
Friday, April 11 | 7:30 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium

Festival After Dark
Saturday, April 12 | 8 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium

USC Campus
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089
– See more at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/fob-info/#sthash.Rq2uqVvw.dpuf

International Women’s History Month Literary Festival, Baltimore – March 8

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Saturday, March 8 at 1:00pm
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Four women writers discuss the intersection of place, time and culture in literature and in the lives of women. The conversation will be moderated by Linda A. Duggins of Hachette Book Group.

Misty Copeland (Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina), the first African-American soloist in the last two decades at the American Ballet Theatre, has written a memoir about her inspiring journey to become a professional dancer.
Deborah Johnson (The Secret of Magic) writes about the postwar American South, its people, both black and white, at a time of wrenching yet hopeful change. She is the author of an earlier novel, The Air Between Us.
Sujata Massey (The Sleeping Dictionary) won Agatha and Macavity awards for her Rei Shimura mystery series. Her new book is the first in a series of historical suspense novels featuring Bengali women and the independence movement in India.
Lauren Francis-Sharma (‘Til the Well Runs Dry) tells the story of a young Trinidadian woman, her two sons, the young policeman who loves her — and the family secret she’s guarding.

The Ivy Bookshop will have copies of the authors’ books for sale at a reception and book signing following the program.

Presented in partnership with the Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival and the Baltimore Times.

For more information, click here.

12th National Black Writers Conference, March 27-30

The Twelfth National Black Writers Conference: Reconstructing the Master Narrative sponsored by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Thursday, March 27, 2014 to Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Twelfth National Black Writers Conference will provide writers, scholars, literary professionals, students, and the general public with a forum for engaging in dynamic and spirited conversations, panel discussions, readings, workshops, and performances on themes related to Reconstructing the Master Narrative.

The National Black Writers Conference offers us an opportunity to present to the public the complexity of the texts produced by Black writers throughout the African Diaspora.

12th National Black Writers Conference

The 2014 NBWC theme of “Black Writers Reconstructing the Master Narrative” builds on previous NBWCs and takes into account the need to expose the general public to the vast range of texts that Black writers throughout the diaspora are producing. Using this theme as the premise of this public gathering of writers, students, literary agents, editors and the general public will have an opportunity to attend panels, roundtables and readings, participate in workshops, and take in performances over the four days of the Conference. The honorees for the Twelfth NBWC are: Maryse Condé, Walter Mosley, Quincy Troupe, Derek Walcott, and posthumously to Margaret Burroughs.

The National Black Writers Conference is a public program that will provide writers, scholars, literary professionals, students, and the general public with a forum for expanding their knowledge and reading of Black literature and for engaging in dynamic and spirited conversations, panel discussions, readings, workshops, and performances on conference themes and on future trends in the literature of Black writers.

The Conference will also pay tribute to and celebrate Black writers who have made significant contributions to the literary canon and will provide emerging writers with opportunities to improve their writing craft. Conference panels, roundtables, and featured speeches will be streamed and videotaped. Selected proceedings will be published.

Sacramento First Annual Black Book Fair, June 6-8, 2014

The SBBF is an offshoot of Blue Nile Press (BNP), a Sacramento Publisher of Black Books. This historic event will take place from June 6 – June 8, 2014. It will bring writers, publishers, readers, and vendors from Sacramento, the state, the country, and the international community, to a celebration of reading and writing, right here in River City.

Sacramento Black Book Fair 2014

The SBBF will take place in the heart of Oak Park, anchored by venues at the Women’s Civic Improvement Club, The Brickhouse Art Gallery; Evolve the Gallery, Underground Books, Oak Park United Methodist Church, and the historic Guild Theater.

This historic 3-day event will feature: a gala reception, featured authors, panel discussion, book signings, book discussions, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more.

There will be sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities for individuals, groups and businesses.

For more info please visit our website: http://www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com.

Southern Festival of Books – Nashville, October 10-12, 2014

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The dates and times for 2014 Southern Festival of Books are:

Friday, October 10, 2014: 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 12, 2014: 12:00 noon -5:00 p.m.

Location: War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee

Humanities Tennessee’s Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word was first held in Nashville on the second full weekend (Friday-Sunday) in October, 1989, and has been held annually on the same weekend since then. One of the first book festivals of its kind, it has inspired hundreds of similar book festivals throughout the nation and beyond.

Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival – January 17-18, 2014

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Friday, January 17, 2014, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 12 – 5 p.m.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd. on the corner of 135th Street and Lenox Ave.

Partially accessible to wheelchairs

For all ages

The Schomburg Center’s 2nd Annual Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of black comix in a two-day event featuring a special events, panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on workshops and exhibit tables with premiere black comic artists from across the country. Admission is free for the public and registration is encouraged at schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com. Fees apply for Exhibitors (by invitation only), contact schomburged@nypl.org for more information.

Friday, January 17, 2014
5:30 pm

Networking Reception: “Putting the Unity Back In Community”
Social gathering for black comics community with light refreshments.

7 pm
Public Conversation: “Milestone and Brotherman: A Celebration of Both”
Moderated by Jonathan Gayles with special guests

Saturday, January 18, 2014
12 – 5 pm
Exhibit Tables from 40 Comic Book Artists and Writers*

12:45 pm
Panel: “Superheroes Beyond the Comic Book” with David Walker (Super Justice Force); Jerry, Jaylen and Aren Craft (The Offenders); and Kia Barbee (Evolve the Series)

2:15 pm
Panel: “Black Women in Comics”
Moderated by Regine Sawyer with Barbara Brandon, Alitha Martinez, Jennifer Crute, and Jewels Smith.

3:45 pm
Panel and Q&A: “Self-Publishing” with John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo/Black Kirby) and Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boys)

12 pm
Short Films and Cartoons*

1:30 pm
Youth Workshop: “Creating Your Own Comic Books” with Alex Simmons

2:30 pm
Workshop: “Collecting Comic Books”

3:15 pm
Short Films and Cartoons

The Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival is presented by the Junior Scholars Program in collaboration with Jerry Craft (Mama’s Boyz), John Jennings (SUNY Buffalo/Black Kirby) and Jonathan Gayles (Georgia State University).

For media inquiries, email adenikeolanrewaju@nypl.org

For additional information, email schomburged@nypl.org

Black Authors and Readers Rock, October 19-20, Maryland

The Reading Divas presents its 5th Annual Literary Event — The First BLACK AUTHORS & READERS ROCK WEEKEND!

Friday & Saturday October 19 & 20, 2012
at the Metro Points Hotel
8500 Annapolis Road, New Carrollton, MD

Friday 7 -11 pm
Reception/Book Club Meeting including the Book Launch of “An Angry Ass Black Woman” by Karen Quinones Miller​ and a Book Club Meeting featuring Pamela Samuels Young‘s latest novel, “Attorney Client Privilege.”

An Angry-Ass Black Woman by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing
Available October 2, 2012 in Paperback

This sassy, shocking autobiographical novel captures the racial tensions, the hardships, and the bonds that formed between families and neighbors growing up poor in Harlem.

The Essence bestselling author of Uptown Dreams delivers a fictionalized look at the life she lived before she achieved success as an established writer. “Ke-Ke” (Kay-Kay) grew up on 117th Street in extreme poverty. After an accident leaves her in a coma in her late forties, her beloved family around her in the hospital, she remembers moments from her childhood and the events that would later shape her desires to get out of Harlem and make something of herself. Her sometimes poignant and sometimes hilarious memories — like trying to rob the landlord to pay her family’s back rent — are interspersed with her present-day family’s concerns for her health. Filled with vibrant anecdotes about childhood in Harlem and her journey from dropping out of school, to re-entering and graduating from college, becoming a journalist and then an author, Miller showcases the love experienced by her family and neighbors and the bond secured between them as part of their common upbringing.

When a hotshot L.A. lawyer takes on a corporation with a long history of discriminating against women, her quest for justice is hindered by a brutal murder, missing documents and an unscrupulous opposing counsel.

Goldman House Publishing
Available June 9, 2012 in Paperback

Saturday Morning 9-11:45

  • Is Urban Lit Really Literature
  • So You Wanna Write
  • What Impact has the Ebook had on Black Publishing
  • How to Start, Improve and Get the Most Out of Your Book Club

Noon Luncheon 12-3
Featuring Mary Monroe

God Don’t Make No Mistakes by Mary Monroe

Available by Dafina on June 1, 2012 in Hardcover

In the sparkling conclusion to Mary Monroe‘s bestselling God series, two forever friends face their biggest betrayals yet and learn the hard way that putting your trust in the wrong hands can change your life forever!

These days, Annette Goode Davis has a pretty full plate–literally and figuratively. Although she’s trying to reconcile with her husband, Pee Wee, she’s still seeing other men on the side. A woman’s got to cover her bases, right? With her love life hopping, Annette should be as pleased as punch. Instead, the stress has her eating everything in sight and packing on the pounds along the way.

Meanwhile, Annette’s best friend, Rhoda O’Toole, has her hands full–as usual–dealing with her wild child daughter. Jade has always been a cross to bear, but when her antics almost cost Rhoda her man, Rhoda throws Jade out on the street. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret her choice.

Privately, Annette thanks her lucky stars that her daughter, Charlotte, has her head on straight. And she’s been doubly blessed to have a strait-laced neighbor look after Charlotte when she’s caught up in Pee Wee and Rhoda’s many problems. But when Annette’s world is rocked by a terrible revelation, she’ll discover that appearances can be very, very deceiving–and she’ll have to summon every ounce of strength she has to protect the ones she loves.

Early Bird Tickets/(after 9/15)
Friday Only – $20/($30)
Saturday Only – $40/($50)
Combined Ticket – $55/($75)

Click on link below to buy tickets!
or send certified check or money order to

The Reading Divas
P O Box 102, Glenndale, MD 20769

Make it a weekend event!
Call for your reservations at Metro Points – (301) 459-6700

21st Annual African American Children’s Book Fair, Philadelphia

21st Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
February 2, 2013
1-3 p.m.

Gymnasium of the Community College of Philadelphia
17th & Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.

The Book Fair started out on a cold frosty day at John Wanamaker Department Store and is now one of the oldest and largest single day events for African American Children’s Books in the country. The success of the program is due to the fact that we offer the best and the brightest from the African American Children’s literary community. Parents, caregivers, and educators from the tri-state area are very supportive of the event. They all understand that children who read make more responsible decisions about their lifestyles.
The event is free and opened to the public.

Author and illustrators will make presentations from their books; also games, prizes, promotional give-aways and reading resources will be available. A wide selection of African American books to purchase will be featured at the event.

For more information about next year’s book fair, email Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati at vlloydsgam@aol.com or call (215) 878-BOOK



2012 Mosaic Literary Conference

The Mosaic Literary Conference presents creative ways for keeping books and reading valuable sources of knowledge and creativity. The conference is a day of professional-development workshops that helps high-school educators incorporate literature into existing curricula to further explore course work focused on culture and history.

Friday & Saturday
November 9 & 10, 2012

Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse
Bronx NY 10451

MLC is presented by the Literary Freedom Project, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt not-for-profit arts organization that supports the literary arts through education, creative thinking, and new media.

For more information, see http://mlc2012.org/.

2012 Book Extravaganza, Norwalk, CA

On October 20, 2012, CLF Publishing, Inc. will sponsor the 2012 Book Extravaganza.

This event is designed to promote literacy by showcasing books written by authors from across the country. Authors of children’s books, how-to books, faith-based books, poetry, autobiographies, fiction, and non-fiction will be present to showcase and sell their books. Come out to this event and hear from the authors as they describe their books.

If you are an author or a book reader, you are invited to the event at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 13111 Sycamore Drive, Norwalk, CA 90650. The event will be held from 9am-3 pm. The event is free to the public and hotel parking is free. For more information regarding this event, go online to www.clfpublishing.org.

Eclectic Life Books to part in Cancer Awareness Rally


Eclectic Life Books will be taking part in the Cancer Awareness Rally sponsored by Lolo’s Boutique.

Carson, CA– Eclectic Life Books will be taking part in a Cancer Awareness Rally, sponsored by Lolo’s Boutique. Cherise “Reese” Charleswell, CEO of Eclectic Life Books will be performing a selection of poetry, as well as reading from her newly debuted book, Real Talk Tips: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them. The book, just published in May 2011, is a non-traditional, sassy, tongue-in-cheek, and painfully honest self help guide and workbook for the morally challenged and socially inept members of society; as well as those who want to improve on their quality of life. The Adinkra image that graces the book’s cover is called “Mate masie” and it loosely translates to “What I hear, I keep”. The book draws on my experience as a West Indian child, where wisdom was often imparted as a series of “old time” sayings, tips, and proverbs; leaving one to interpret the true meaning and come to their own conclusion and understanding.

The event being held is a community block party, where other businesses in the area will be contributing to the festivities. It will be taken place on Saturday October 29, 2011 from 12PM – 6PM, and will be located at 21635 South Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90473. Near the NW corner of Avalon Blvd and Carson St.

For more information please contact Eclectic Life Books at eclecticlifediva@yahoo.com
Contact Person: Cherise Charleswell
Company Name: Eclectic Life Books, CEO
Voice Phone# 818-521-8422
Email Address: eclecticlifediva@yahoo.com

2012 Baltimore Urban Book Festival on May 6

Author Chris Hicks,AAMBC and The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park present the 2nd Annual Baltimore Urban Book Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1pm-8pm, at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St, Baltimore MD 21231.

Celebrating Baltimore’s FIRST and ONLY book festival focusing on African American literature.


(early registration ends January 1,2012)

Visit our website to register and purchase at www.baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com.

Featuring some of the country’s most influential bestselling authors; Omar Tyree, T. Styles, JM Benjamin, Jimmy Da Saint, Kiki Swinson, Miss KP, Tamika New House, Trice Hickman, Nicola Mitchell, Chris Hicks, Ladawn Black, Moses Miller, Nikki Turner, Booker T Madison

AAMBC Awards Ceremony honoring this years top performing authors
– Omar Tyree lecture and book signing,
– Chocolate Chat workshop featuring T Styles, Jimmy Da Saint and Miss KP
– The real talk with the men of ECE(ebony chronicles of elevation)featuring Corey Barnes, QB Wells, Moses Miller, Omar Tyree, and Author Chris Hicks
– African American Literature Panel

CHILDREN ACTIVITIES: storytelling, free treats, games, face painting, moon bounce, annual free book giveaway drive and a special storytelling feature from Baltimore Ravens

Some of the proceeds from this event will benefit The Fredrick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park a program of the Living Classroom Foundation, in support of their Voyage of Exploration a science, technology, engineering, and math program (STEM).

MEDIA SPONSORS: Mosiac Books, The Baltimore Times, Urbania Magazine, DMD Experience, BMore News, AAMBC, The Urban Twist, Rolling Out Magazine, Urban Literature Review, ILuvblackwoman.com, EDC Creations, My Soul Radio.com, BaltimoreBlack.com,AALBC, Books of Soul.

Clease contact Chris Hicks directly at chrishicks@baltimoreurbanbookfestival.com or chrishicks.hicks@gmail.com.

2011 Christian Writer’s Literary Festival

Event Date: December 10, 2011

Event Start Time: 11 a.m.

Event End Time: 4 p.m.

Event Summary:
Join more than two dozen Christian fiction and non-fiction authors on December 10, 2011 in the Office of Student Services at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library for a Christian Writer’s Literary Festival. Christian authors from around the country will share writing/ministry tips and read book excerpts.

Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Office of Student Services)
400 Cathedral Street (21201) in Baltimore, Maryland

For more information, see http://christianauthorsontour.com/.

2011 Los Angeles Black Book Expo

LOS ANGELES (AUGUST 2011) – Known as the ‘fastest growing book expo in the country’, the Los Angeles Black Book Expo is set to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center #403 on Saturday, August 20 from 10:00AM until 6:00 PM. An awesome array of featured guests, celebrities, powerful speakers, and the best up and coming authors join the annual literary celebration. Fresh from her appearances on the Mo’Nique and Wendy Williams shows, the expo is proud to announce Danielle Spencer-Fields known as Rog’s sister Dee from the television show ‘What’s Happening’ is one of the featured guest appearing at the expo this year. At 2:00PM in Room 404 A of the Meeting Room Concourse, she will discuss her new book, “Through The Fire: Journal of a child star” and will take questions from the audience.

Also appearing at LABBX; author and speaker Jewel Diamond Taylor, actress, producer and author Cherie Johnson, Essence bestselling author J.M. Benjamin, contemporary jazz artist, speaker & author Russel Blake, bestselling author Pamela Samuels-Young, NAACP Award winner David G. Brown round up part of the outstanding lineup taking part at the expo.

This year’s expo will feature lively panel discussions and workshops with topics such as a graphic novel panel hosted by Geoffrey Thorne (In the Heat of the Night, TNT’s Leverage, Ben 10, Star Trek: Titan novel), Anthony Montgomery (Star Trek: Enterprise, VH1’s Single Ladies) and Brandon M. Easton (WB’s new ThunderCats series, Transformers: Armada, BlackSci-fi.com) at 12:00 PM in Room 402A followed by a discussion by the Journal of Pan-African Studies of Manning Marable’s ‘Malcolm X: A Life or Reinvention’ beginning at 1:00PM in Room 402 B. Other subjects as they relate to publishing, urban lit, health, relationships, cultural issues, spirituality, creative writing and marketing tips for aspiring authors will also be presented. Poetry, open mics and children’s programs will also be included throughout the day. Admission for LABBX is free to the general public.

The L.A. Black Book Expo is sponsored by the California Crusader News. Empire Beat Magazine and Authors N Focus are media partners.

For more information please visit www.labbx.com or at (323) 718-5678 or info@labbx.com.

About the Los Angeles Black Book Expo

The Los Angeles Black Book Expo through its fiscal sponsor, Amen-Ra Community Assembly of California, Inc. (Amen-Ra Theological Seminary) is a 501(c) (3) organization. It began on June 2004 to celebrate the written word, promote literacy and to showcase new and established authors, storytellers, spoken word artists, children’s book authors, emerging writers, publishers, booksellers, editors and book reviewers local and nationwide.

2011 Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles

The 5th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles is scheduled for Saturday, June 25th, from 10am to 6pm.

As in our previous festivals, the Book Fair will attract a large number of visitors to the Leimert Park Village for an entertaining day of readings, poetry, and musical entertainment. The centerpiece will be the Authors Tent where we will gather our community of authors to share and sell their works to the public.

The 2011 line-up for the Leimert Park Book Fair of authors, panel discussions, and entertainment promises to be the BEST year ever.