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2012 African American Pavilion at BookExpo, New York, June 6

Amber Communications Group Inc’s 2012 African American Pavilion Booth at BookExpo America booth will be hosting a special “Welcome to BookExpo America Michael Baisden” Reception and Booksigning for the internationally renowned author, radio and television talk show personality, and a Celebration and Booksigning of New York Times and Essence Magazine Best-Selling Author Zane and the Strebor Books Legacy, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 1:00pm – 5:00pm in the ACGI African American Pavilion Booth. The event will be coordinated by Heather Covington of Disilgold.com, Troy Johnson of AALBC.com and Charisse and Harvey Nunes of The Book Look.

Michael Baisden is undeniably one of the most influential and engaging personalities in broadcast history. The show is syndicated by Cumulus Media and is heard in over 78 markets nationwide with over 8 million loyal listeners daily. Since his radio show debuted nationally in 2005, Mr. Baisden has captured the hearts and minds of millions of Americans with his provocative mix of relationship talk, hot topics, politics and the best of old school with today’s R&B. His high energy and love for interacting with his listeners is just one reason for the popularity and success of The Michael Baisden Show.

According to Simon & Schuster, Michael Baisden is “probably the most successful self-published African American male author out there today.” With nearly 2 million books in print both hard and soft cover, his books blend the perfect combination of entertainment, humor, provocation and sexuality. Michael’s vibrant personality on and off the air has made him a people magnet.

He began attracting attention with primarily female followers as author and publisher of the highly successful best selling books: “Never Satisfied: How and Why Men Cheat”, “Men Cry in the Dark”, “The Maintenance Man”, “God’s Gift to Women” and most recently a hot new book “Never Satisfied: Do Men Know What They Want.” Baisden is currently writing his 6th book to be released in 2012. Two of his titles ultimately were adapted into stage plays playing to sold out crowds across the US.

New York Times best-selling author, Zane, is undeniably the largest selling author of her genre in the world. Her books on sex and erotica have sold in the millions. Her company Strebor Books is dedicated to publishing a wide diversity of both fiction and non-fiction books. Strebor Books is committed to finding and developing the careers of cutting-edge authors who take risks with their stories.

A personal vision of Zane’s, Strebor Books International examines every aspect and characteristic of the human spirit. From contemporary romance to science fiction, from mystery to erotica, from paranormal to historical, from political to religious, no genre is overlooked amongst the continuously expanding catalog of titles.

Zane has the power of discernment when it comes to ascertaining “the next big thing” as proven with her own success; going from a grassroots publisher to running an imprint of Simon and Schuster in less than five years.

Zane is the creator, scriptwriter and executive producer of “Zane’s Sex Chronicles,” the highly rated Cinemax series based loosely on her real life, and the upcoming “Zane’s The Jump Off,” premiering on Cinemax Spring 2013. She is currently writing two feature film screenplays, a broadway musical, and her novel “Addicted” is scheduled to be filmed this summer by Lionsgate.

She is a huge advocate against domestic violence. Her book “Breaking the Cycle,” dealing with the effects of domestic violence on children, was the 2006 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literature. She was featured in the HBO documentary “The Black List,” which examined the lives of African-American overachievers like Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, Russell Simmons, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Chris Rock.

Swiss Public Television has also produced a documentary on Zane entitled “Zane: Queen of Erotica,” that was translated into several languages and broadcast throughout the world.

Amber Comminications Group Inc’s African American Pavilion at BEA is no stranger to influential men and women alike, particularly those in the literary world. Since ACGI’s Publisher/CEO Tony Rose founded the African American Pavilion at BEA in 2004, the event has featured special guest appearances by Magic Johnson, Haki Madhubuti, Wesley Snipes, Tavis Smiley, Zane, Tom Joyner, Kassahun Checole, W. Paul Coates, Dr. Cornell West, George Fraser, Omarosa, Sybil Wilkes, Flava Flav, Coach Tony Dungee, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Terrie Williams, Dr. Steve Perry (CNN & Random House), Max Rodriguez (The Harlem Book Fair) and Annette Thomas (NAACP Image Awards Literary Coordinator), to name a few.

Along with Michael Baisden and Zane, the 2012 invited guests will include: Book Industry Leaders – Carol Mackey (Black Expressions Book Club), Troy Johnson (AALBC), Ron Kavanaugh (Mosaic Books), Malaika Adero (Atria Books/Simon and Schuster), Dawn Davis (Armistad Press / Harper Collins), Judith Curr (Atria Books/Simon and Schuster), Cheryl Woodruf (Smiley Books), LaToya Smith (Grand Central Publishing), Dante Lee (Diversity City Media), Dr. Farrah Grey (Philanthropist), Wade and Cheryl Hudson (Just Us Books), Clara Villarosa, Lesleigh Underwood (Kensington Press), Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati (Publicist) and Selena James (Kensington Press). Authors will include: Mary B. Morrison, Omar Tyree, Mary Monroe, Victoria Christopher Murray, Irene Smalls, Kevin Weeks, Kevin Johnson, Lynette Velasco, Renee Flagler, James Tanner, Darryl King, Artie Fletcher, Denroy Morgan, Levar Fisher, Dorothy Hughes and many others.

BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world, provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, Black Interest Imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians and bookstore owners exposure to 20,561 book buyers and booksellers from across the globe. The event takes place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City June 5th – 7th 2012.

Now in its ninth year, Amber Communication Group, Inc.’s African American Pavilion Booth at BEA, exhibit space, will showcase African American books, authors, products and publishers. There will be great opportunities to learn, share, educate, sell and network.

There is an open invitation to join book industry professionals and authors for the “6th Annual Black Pack Party”, Wednesday June 6th, 6-9pm at Londel’s Supper Club, 2620 Frederick Douglas Blvd (at 140th St) Harlem, NYC.

Event: National Black Writers Conference, March 29 to April 1, 2012

The Eleventh National Black Writers Conference:
The Impact of Migration, Popular Culture, and the Natural Environment in the Literature of Black Writers
Thursday, March 29, 2012 – Sunday, April 1, 2012

As our society becomes increasingly globalized, the themes in the literary texts and literature created by black writers throughout the African diasporic communities of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe are shifting and expanding in varying ways. There is recognition of the importance and value of preserving cultural memory and identity and of cultivating and nurturing cultural and geographical spaces. At the same time, there is also a recognition that politics and popular culture shape what we respond to, what we read, what gets published, what we teach, and what conversations we have in our literary communities, in the media, in our educational institutions, in our work environments, and in our homes.

Through novels, stories, poems, plays, memoirs, and essays, black writers have explored the importance of memory on our concepts of self and family. They have examined the impact of popular culture on our personal lives, belief systems, values, and traditions. And they have chronicled what happens when we neglect and do not nurture our natural environment. In essence, they have used the power of words and the literary arts to stir our imagination and to motivate us to affirm, critique, and reflect on our responses to personal, societal, and environmental issues in our lives. The Eleventh 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 migration, cultural memory, popular culture, and the natural environment.

Major funding provided by: National Endowment for the Arts

Media support provided by: African American Literature Book Club, AKILA Worksongs, Inc.

2012 NBWC Honorees:

  • Ishmael Reed – John Oliver Killens Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o – W. E. B. Du Bois Award
  • Nikki Giovanni – Gwendolyn Brooks Award
  • Dr. Howard Dodson – Ida B. Wells Institutional Leadership Award

Onyx Con 3 in Atlanta, August 19-20

ONYX CON is a Conference/Convention celebrating the very best of the impact, contributions, and presence of the African Diaspora in Popular Arts and culture.

The Entire event takes place at:

The Art exhibition is from 6PM – 9PM and is free & open to the public. We will be honoring the late great writer of Popular Arts fiction, Mr. Dwayne McDuffie. See www.dwaynemcduffie.com for more info on this legend.

The ONYXCON INSTITUTE cost is $35 general admission. $25 with proper High School or College ID.

ONYXCON – The CONVENTION is on Saturday AUGUST 20, 2011 from 11AM – 7PM.
General Admission is $10. Ages 6-12 are $3. 5 and younger are free.

Experience Vendors showcasing unique comic books/graphic novels, novels, video games, toys, promotional clothing (T-shirts,etc.), the Arcade, activities, games, displays, the Art Show, book signings, cosplay/masquerades, music vibes and performances!

The ONYXCON INSTITUTE will feature tutorials/workshops by professional Artist in 2D and 3D techniques common in todays comic book, animation, and film industries. There will also be presentations in writing techniques. Finally, there will be a panel Discussions on SEX & VIOLENCE in The Popular Arts & how both are approached, analyzed, challenged, embraced, and the impact on African Diaspora’s creators and consumers of Popular Arts. THIS PANEL WILL CONTAIN LANGUAGE, SUBJECT MATTER, IMAGES, AUDIO, AND DISCUSSIONS FOR A MATURE AUDIENCE! PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED!

Only 16 years and older are admitted to the Onyxcon Institute with proper ID. Parent or Guardian must accompany anyone under 16. 18 and older are admitted to the Sex & Violence Panel. Anyone younger must present the approval of a guardian for attendance. e-mail to RSVP or for information: onyxcon@gmail.com

For more information, see http://www.onyxcon.com/.

Press Release: Eclectic Life Books Exhibiting at the Los Angeles Black Book Exposition Saturday, August 20, 2011

Press Release — Book Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (August 12, 2011)

Eclectic Life Books Exhibiting at the Los Angeles Black Book Exposition Saturday, August 20, 2011

Los Angeles, CA– Author Cherise Charleswell, President of Eclectic Life Books will be exhibiting at the annual Los Angeles Black Book Expo. Ms. Charleswell will be there to debut her book, Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & The People Who Love Them.

The Los Angeles Black Book Expo is being held on Saturday August 20, 2011 from 10AM to 6PM, inside the Los Angeles Convention Center #403. The LA Convention Center is located at 1201 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

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 book has always garnered the following praises and reviews:

“Cherise Charleswell is a fresh and funny young voice with wisdom for the ages. The author takes aim at the morally challenged, the socially inept and everyone else and skewers them to hilarious new heights. Highly recommend. ”
Robyn McGee
 Author and Educator at California State University Dominguez Hills


“Bug in your ear wisdom, you have lint in your hair or you missed a

button. A good read intent on being more cautious of our attitudes

behavior and Appearence. Whimsical light hearted Examanation

of pop culture from a concerned sister prospective. Real Talk Tips

Is full of timeless tips, Critiques, and Compliments. Noteworthy

Thoughtful solutions , tuff love with a hug. Its Funny Bitterly

Honest The way family is. A must read for all ages that actually

builds self esteem and self worth.”

Yawo Watts

Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist


Contact Person: Cherise Charleswell
Company Name: Eclectic Life
Voice Phone# 818-521-8422
Email Address: eclecticlifediva@yahoo.com
Website: www.createspace.com/3550362

African Voices Cultural Circle Conference

The African Voices Cultural Circle Conference connects writers and visual artists with the resources they need to pursue careers in publishing and the arts. The annual conference offers workshops that provide information on exploring opportunities for writers and artists interested in independent and mainstream publishers and using new technology to promote their work. African Voices is a nonprofit arts organization that publishes a quarterly literary magazine.

Registration Fee:$25.

Seating is limited so register now! For info call: 212 865-2982 or visit www.africanvoices.com. The conference schedule and guest bios are online.

Create Your Writing Destiny: Novels, E-Books & Niches is the theme of this year’s Circle Conference. Professional editors, publishers and authors will come together to share their successful journeys in carving out a prosperous writing career through finding their niche and voice. From teen novels to business magazines, many writers launch their careers as niche writers specializing in specific genre then exploring limitless possibilities once they establish an audience. Karen Hunter, the president of FIRST ONE Digital Publishing, and Yvonne Bynoe, the founder of SoulAffluence and author of Stand & Deliver: Political Activism, Leadership and Hip Hop Culture, will explore ways writers can live abundantly as artists by building an audience for their work.

Circle guests include Tania Padgett, the small business editor of CNNMoney.com; Atim Annette Aton, publisher of Calabar Magazine; Caren Estesen, founder of the Caren Johnson Literary Agency and a blogger for the GatekeepersPost.com; and Rosalind McLymont, executive editor of The Network Journal. Join us for a day of workshops, networking and fun! The Circle welcomes Richard Fewell, a playwright and author of the recently released novel Everything Happens Today. Mr. Fewell will read excerpts from his work. Reg E. Gaines will also host a second session of his Poetry as Theater workshop at 12 pm.

SPONSORS: WABC-TV, New State Council on the Arts, New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs and NAACP Roy Wilkins Center. Media Sponsor: The Network Journal.

The Annual African American Literacy Movement

Title: The Annual African American Literacy Movement
Location: Forest Park Community College
Website: www.taaalm.com
Description: First Annual African American Literacy Movement Brings Together Talented Writers and Authors to Promote Literacy

To Promote Literacy in the African American Community and School Districts: From 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a seminar/conference includes an accomplished group of talented writers and authors.

Teaming up with Smit-T is a group of very talented writers and authors:

J. M. Benjamin: Essence best-selling author of “Ride or Die Chick,” and owner of A Quality Publishing. Benjamin is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker from Plainsfield, N.J. He is also the author of the Award Winning novel, “Down In the Dirty,” “My Manz and Em,” “The Run With Love,” “Ride or Die Chick 2,” and a non-fiction book, “From Incarceration 2 Incorporation.”

Ni\’Cola Mitchell: Author of award-winning novel, “Over and Over Again,\” as well as “Mama Don’t Like Ugly, “The Appetizer,” “Strawberries and Stilettos, and \”Steam.” Ni\’Cola is from Kingston, Jamaica, but currently resides in Las Vegas. Ni’Cola is currently pursuing her masters of business in health care and management.

Rennell Parker: Entrepreneur, educator, mentor, and public speaker, Rennell Parker has been writing poetry and short stories for over 15 years. Parker runs nonprofit organization Acts of Random Thought.

Steven Morgan: A full-time writer/author, Morgan has self-published two books that are in circulation currently. He recently signed with publishing power house City Stone Publishing out of

Detroit and will soon release his highly anticipated debut novel, “DISCOMBOBULATED\”

Terra Little: Author of “Where There’s Smoke,” Little worked as a probation and parole officer for nearly a decade before transitioning to the field of education. Terra has a B.A. in Criminology and Sociology as well as an M.A. in Professional Counseling and Secondary Education. Little strives to increase literary awareness and appreciation in youth.

Keisha Ervin: Author of national best-sellers, “Chyna Black,” “Me & My Boyfriend,” “Mina’s Joint,” and, “Hold U Down,” as well as the novel, “Torn,” and the short story, “After the Storm,” featured in the Street Love anthology.

Dana \”Kels\” Kelly: Voted Best Female Poet at the First Annual STL Poetry Awards. Kels has been performing all over the Midwest and abroad spreading her unique blend of life wrapped in poetry. Kels released the first of four books from her Writing Lab Series titled, \”Tatted Up,\” – emotional tattoos of the heart, in October 2010.

Join presenters at this event on Friday, Nov. 5, at Forest Park Community College from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Jackie “JP” Phillips at 314.477.7926 or e-mail only1jpceo@gmail.com, or call Barron “Smit-T” Smith at 314.517.5739.

The Annual African American Literacy Movement
10346 Ittner Dr.
St. Louis, Mo. 63136
PHONE. 314-517-5739
EMAIL: barronsmth@yahoo.com

Loscon 37

Location: LAX Marriott in Los Angeles
Website: www.loscon37.org
Description: Welcome to Loscon 37, Dark Loscon.

November 26-28th 2010
at the LAX Marriott in Los Angeles
$45.00 through November 14th

Loscon is the primary Los Angeles Regional Science Fiction literary convention produced by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society.

Held each year over Thanksgiving weekend it is our main fund raising event.

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society is the oldest continuously meeting science fiction literary society in the world.

Our meeting are held every Thursday night at our clubhouse on Burbank Blvd in North Hollywood:
11513 Burbank Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91601

Date: November 26-28, 2010

African American Authors at Texas Book Festival

Location: State Capitol Building in Austin
Description: Several African American authors including Pulitzer Prize winners Eugene Robinson and Isabel Wilkerson will be appearing at the Texas Book Festival being held October 16-17 at the State Capitol Building in Austin. Here is a list of some the African American writers (and the names of their latest books) that will be there in order of their appearances:

October 16

* Eugene Robinson, Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America, 11:15 a.m.-12 noon, C-SPAN/Book TV Tent
* Naomi Mitchell Carrier, “Go Down Old Hannah” The Living History of African American Texans, 1 p.m. -2 p.m., Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca
* Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m., C-SPAN/Book TV Tent

October 17

* S. Craig Watkins, The Young & the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Capitol Extension Room E2.026
* William Jelani Cobb, The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m., C-SPAN/Book TV Tent
* Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, The Thing Around Your Neck, 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Senate Chamber
* Varian Johnson, Saving Maddie (Young Adult book), 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Capitol Extension Room E2.012
Start Date: 2010-10-16
End Date: 2010-10-17

Article: Black Writers Ponder Role and Seek Wider Attention

Published: March 22, 2010
The New York Times

The 10th National Black Writers’ Conference begins on Thursday at Medgar Evers College in New York, an anniversary that prompted Walter Mosley to remember his first conference, in the 1980s. He was just one of many unpublished, struggling writers who showed up, he said. An editor had passed on his first novel, about the detective Easy Rawlins, with the rationale that the publishing house already had a black detective novel.

Terry McMillan said you have to sell books out of the trunk of your car,” Mr. Mosley said.

But in the age of President Obama, when successful black writers can be found across genres and a Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, can be tapped to be the honorary chairwoman of the event, do black writers still need a conference to call their own?

In interviews, many black writers and editors, and others in the book world said yes. Black authors are part of the broader society’s struggles with the legacy of discrimination and exclusion, they said, and often need a more strategic approach to getting their work promoted, reviewed and sold.

The conference, expected to attract 2,000 people, is a chance for writers to study and celebrate one another and for readers to hear writers presenting their work and dissecting social and literary themes. Over four days of workshops and discussions, the participants can also grapple with issues like the value of black sections in bookstores, the paucity of black editors in publishing and how to expand the list of black writers taught in schools.

For the full article, see The New York Times.

BookExpo America (BEA)

Title: BookExpo America (BEA)
Location: Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City
Click here for more information
Description: Event for the North American publishing industry. Meet 500+ authors and discover hundreds of new titles on a Show floor bristling with 1,500 exhibitors and featuring the NEW Downtown Stage and Uptown Stage and the ever popular BEA Autographing Area. Learn the trends during 60+ focused sessions at the NEW “Big Ideas at BEA” Conference and don’t miss this year’s Global Market Forum: Books & Publishing in the Arab World. Experience the buzz of the book business at dynamic Special Events (buy your Special Events Tickets now).
Start Date: 2009-05-28
End Date: 2009-05-31

News: Recession Impacts BEA’s Black Professionals Confab

By Calvin Reid — Publishers Weekly, 3/31/2009 8:04:00 AM

The current downturn in the economy is creating problems for the African-American Book Publishing Professionals Conference, an annual event attracting a wide variety of black authors, self-publishers, booksellers and other book professionals, held each year at BookExpo America. This year’s event is scheduled for May 28 and offers an afternoon slate of events that include a panel on African-American books and social networking and another on comics and graphic novels for the African-American market.

Publishers Weekly

2009 Romance Writers of America Annual Conference

Title: 2009 Romance Writers of America Annual Conference
Location: Washington, D.C.
Link out: Click here
Description: RWA is proud to host its 29th Annual National Conference in Washington, D.C., at Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Be sure the join us in Washington, D.C., to enhance your writing and knowledge of the ins and outs of publishing at more than 100 workshops; get the inside track at panels and round-tables featuring publishing professionals; schedule a one-on-one pitch meeting with an acquiring editor or literary agent; attend parties and network with the stars of romance fiction; and be a part of RWA\’s massive, 500-author strong \”Readers for Life\” charity book signing. And let\’s not forget the 2009 RITA and Golden Heart Awards.
Date: 2009-07-15