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8th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair, August 9, 2014

Saturday 8/9/14, 10am-6pm
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

This year’s theme is, “1970-1979: A Decade of Self-Expression” and this year’s Legacy Awards will be honoring “Good Times” TV Show creator, Eric Monte and the legendary, Stevie Wonder.

Please join Charles L. Freeman, Jr at this year’s Book Fair where he’ll be selling and signing his self-published romantic novel, The Reunion.

Look out for Lil Nay Nay’s, “Rising Star” tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire on the main performance stage! Also, her new song, “Gotta Get Mine” at the Children’s Stage!

Forever an Ex: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray



Touchstone
June 17, 2014
Paperback

Three Los Angeles women who’ve helped each other overcome heartbreak are reunited eight years later when their troublesome exes come back into the picture in this follow up to Victoria Christopher Murray‘s bestselling novel The Ex Files.

Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia first bonded when they met seven years ago at a church prayer support group and now, their friendship has blossomed into a strong sisterhood. They’ve helped each other through the tragedies of their breakups and together, they’ve celebrated their triumphs. But now, their exes are back, wreaking havoc on lives they’ve work so hard to rebuild.

Sheridan has found love again after her ex-husband left her for a man. But old wounds are reopened when her ex-husband appears with his fiance’s woman! And all of Sheridan’s insecurities and doubts come rushing back. Kendall’s former husband is now married to Kendall’s sister, Sabrina. And though Kendall has refused to interact with either one in the last seven years, she’s forced to reunite with Sabrina when their father is diagnosed with cancer. Asia has done her best to move away from her married boyfriend, a former star with the LA Lakers. But when they share a kiss, old desires are rekindled and Asia decides that it’s time for her and Bobby Johnson to get back together again.

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.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE
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
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: THE RENOWNED DR. CLAUD ANDERSON
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, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

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/

Registration forms for exhibitors will be available on the expo’s website this Monday, March 24th.

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.

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
LOCATION

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

Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s by Jeff Pearlman



Gotham,
March 4, 2014,
Hardcover


The New York Times bestselling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sports’ most-revered — and dominant — dynasties.

The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number-one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity — and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, in all-around American entertainment. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with exciting all-star-caliber players, including center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and they were led by the incomparable Pat Riley, known for his slicked-back hair, his Armani suits, and his arrogant strut. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities lined the court and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them.

Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles.

From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end — marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV — Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

August Events at the AC Bilbrew Library, Los Angeles

AC Bilbrew Library
150 E. El Segundo Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90061

Wed., Aug 21st, 5:30 p.m., George and Jonathan Jackson Tribute, “Jackson, Not Just a Name” – A Documentary about a Group of Young Black People Organizing in the Avalon Gardens “Proudjects” (Los Angeles).
For additional information please contact Harold Welton at haroldwelton@att.net

Sat., Aug 24th, 2 pm, “After a While You Wonder”, a book presentation and discussion by Norman E. Edelen, commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Watts Riot. Norman E. Edelen is a former TV writer-producer and ex-LAPD officer. “After A While You Wonder” is Edelen’s first book in his intriguing trilogy about law enforcement, focusing on former officers of the 77th Street Division who reunite and reflect on “racism, riots and their lives on the LAPD’s strong blue line of silence.” Q & A to follow presentation.

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan

Viking Adult
September 17, 2013
Hardcover

Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back

With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships — Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Short among them — Terry McMillan has touched millions of readers. Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now — at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.

Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan’s inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams — all while holding down a job delivering room service at a hotel. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can’t be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs. The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.

Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don’t agree. McMillan’s signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.

The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots by Brenda Stevenson

The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots by Brenda Stevenson

Hardcover:
Helicopters thwopped low over the city, filming blocks of burning cars and buildings, mobs breaking into storefronts, and the vicious beating of truck driver Reginald Denny. For a week in April 1992, Los Angeles transformed into a cityscape of rage, purportedly due to the exoneration of four policemen who had beaten Rodney King. It should be no surprise that such intense anger erupted from something deeper than a single incident.

In The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins, Brenda Stevenson tells the dramatic story of an earlier trial, a turning point on the road to the 1992 riot. On March 16, 1991, fifteen-year-old Latasha Harlins, an African American who lived locally, entered the Empire Liquor Market at 9172 South Figueroa Street in South Central Los Angeles. Behind the counter was a Korean woman named Soon Ja Du. Latasha walked to the refrigerator cases in the back, took a bottle of orange juice, put it in her backpack, and approached the cash register with two dollar bills in her hand-the price of the juice. Moments later she was face-down on the floor with a bullet hole in the back of her head, shot dead by Du. Joyce Karlin, a Jewish Superior Court judge appointed by Republican Governor Pete Wilson, presided over the resulting manslaughter trial. A jury convicted Du, but Karlin sentenced her only to probation, community service, and a $500 fine. The author meticulously reconstructs these events and their aftermath, showing how they set the stage for the explosion in 1992.

An accomplished historian at UCLA, Stevenson explores the lives of each of these three women-Harlins, Du, and Karlin-and their very different worlds in rich detail. Through the three women, she not only reveals the human reality and social repercussions of this triangular collision, she also provides a deep history of immigration, ethnicity, and gender in modern America. Massively researched, deftly written, The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins will reshape our understanding of race, ethnicity, gender, and-above all-justice in modern America.

Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles by Vincent Brook

Unlike the more forthrightly mythic origins of other urban centers — think Rome via Romulus and Remus or Mexico City via the god Huitzilopochtli — Los Angeles emerged from a smoke-and-mirrors process that is simultaneously literal and figurative, real and imagined, material and metaphorical, physical and textual. Through penetrating analysis and personal engagement, Vincent Brook uncovers the many portraits of this ever-enticing, ever-ambivalent, and increasingly multicultural megalopolis. Divided into sections that probe Los Angeles’s checkered history and reflect on Hollywood’s own self-reflections, the book shows how the city, despite considerable remaining challenges, is finally blowing away some of the smoke of its not always proud past and rhetorically adjusting its rear-view mirrors.

Part I is a review of the city’s history through the early 1900s, focusing on the seminal 1884 novel Ramona and its immediate effect, but also exploring its ongoing impact through interviews with present-day Tongva Indians, attendance at the 88th annual Ramona pageant, and analysis of its feature film adaptations.

Brook deals with Hollywood as geographical site, film production center, and frame of mind in Part II. He charts the events leading up to Hollywood’s emergence as the world’s movie capital and explores subsequent developments of the film industry from its golden age through the so-called New Hollywood, citing such self-reflexive films as Sunset Blvd., Singin’ in the Rain, and The Truman Show.

Part III considers LA noir, a subset of film noir that emerged alongside the classical noir cycle in the 1940s and 1950s and continues today. The city’s status as a privileged noir site is analyzed in relation to its history and through discussions of such key LA noir novels and films as Double Indemnity, Chinatown, and Crash.

In Part IV, Brook examines multicultural Los Angeles. Using media texts as signposts, he maps the history and contemporary situation of the city’s major ethno-racial and other minority groups, looking at such films as Mi Familia (Latinos), Boyz N the Hood (African Americans), Charlotte Sometimes (Asians), Falling Down (Whites), and The Kids Are All Right (LGBT).

Land of Smoke and Mirrors: A Cultural History of Los Angeles
Vincent Brook
Rutgers University Press
January 22, 2013
Hardcover

Los Angeles Black Book Expo, August 17, 2013

The Los Angeles Black Book Expo is proud to announce the date of this year’s event, August 17, 2013.

They will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center in the West Hall in Rooms 502-507. Registration for LABBX will be announced shortly.

For inquiries on exhibitor spots, send an email to blackbookexpola@gmail.com. The website is moving to a new location, LABBX.org and will be updated in the near future.

Leimert Park by Cynthia E. Exum and Maty Guiza-Leimert

Leimert Park, one of the first comprehensively planned communities in Southern California, was founded and developed in 1927 by Walter H. Leimert Sr. and designed by Olmsted Brothers, a firm headed by sons of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., the master planner of New York Citys Central Park. In its early years, Leimert Park was a pasture situated on portions of the Rancho Cienega Paso de la Tijera, once owned by land baron E.J. Lucky Baldwin. The area is best known for its gracefully curved tree-lined streets, Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean-style homes, and Art Deco buildings designed by some of the nations foremost architects.

Famous residents Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Los Angeless first African American mayor, Tom Bradley, have called Leimert Park home. In 1967, artists Alonzo and Dale Davis founded Brockman Gallery, and with this beginning, a new era of Leimert Park as an arts and cultural center dawned. Today, with its art galleries, jazz and blues clubs, coffeehouses, performance spaces, restaurants, and Afrocentric fashion and merchandise shops, the area has evolved into one of Los Angeless great idyllic communities.

Leimert Park (Images of America)
Cynthia E. Exum , Maty Guiza-Leimert with a foreword by Walter H.Leimert III
Arcadia Publishing
September 10, 2012
Paperback

Elsewhere, California: A Novel by Dana Johnson

We first met Avery in two of the stories featured in Dana Johnson’s award–winning collection Break Any Woman Down. As a young girl, she and her family escape the violent streets of Los Angeles to a more gentrified existence in suburban West Covina. This average life, filled with school, trips to 7–Eleven to gawk at Tiger Beat magazine, and family outings to Dodger Stadium, is soon interrupted by a past she cannot escape, personified in the guise of her violent cousin Keith.

When Keith moves in with her family, he triggers a series of events that will follow Avery throughout her life: to her studies at USC, to her burgeoning career as a painter and artist, and into her relationship with a wealthy Italian who sequesters her in his glass–walled house in the Hollywood Hills. The past will intrude upon Avery’s first gallery show, proving her mother’s adage: Every goodbye aint gone. The dual–narrative of Elsewhere, California illustrates the complicated history of African Americans across the rolling basin of Los Angeles.

Counterpoint
June 12, 2012
In Paperback

Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista by Erin Aubry Kaplan

Los Angeles has had a ringside seat during the long last century of racial struggle in America. The bouts have been over money and jobs and police brutality, over politics and poetry and rap and basketball. Minimizing blackness itself has been touted as the logical and ideal solution to the struggle, but in Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line, Erin Aubry Kaplan begs to differ. With eloquence, wit, and high prose style she crafts a series of compelling arguments against black eclipse.

Here are thirty-three insightful and wide-ranging pieces of literary, cultural, political, and personal reporting on the contemporary black American experience. Drawn from the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Salon.com, and elsewhere, this collection also features major new articles on President Barack Obama, black and Hispanic conflicts, and clinical depression. In each, Kaplan argues with meticulous observation, razor-sharp intelligence, and sparkling prose against the trend of black erasure, and for the expansion of horizons of the black American story.

Eclectic Life Books Exhibiting at 15th Annual Cameron’s Family Book Festival

Cherise Charleswell
Author of Real Talk TIPS: Laugh-Out-Loud Pointers & Suggestions For The Morally Challenged, Socially Inept, & Those Who Love Them

For Immediate Release
Contact: Cherise Charleswell 818-521-8422

Event Date: Saturday October 1, 2011
Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Location:
The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center
“The Rave 18”, 6081 Center Dr. Westchester, CA

15th Annual Cameron’s Family Book Festival

The Cameron Eugene Jackson Children’s Library will be hosting the largest book club meeting in the Los Angeles area. The festival is free to the public, and includes a day of author signings, panel discussions, and workshops.

The purpose of this project is to promote and celebrate Literacy, music and “The Arts” as well as to help stamp out illiteracy. We would be honored if you would participate. The success of the Festival is directly due to authors like you who plan to embrace this EVENT with your presence.

For more information please contact Marilyn Pitts, Director/Author-Vendor Booths at (323) 841-BOOK or ccnmax@aol.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.

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T

He’s a hip-hop icon credited with single-handedly creating gangsta rap in the 1980s. Television viewers know him as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola on the top-rated TV drama Law & Order: SVU. But where the hype and the headlines end, the real story of Ice-T — the one few of his millions of fans have ever heard — truly begins.

Ice is Ice-T in his own words — raw, uncensored, and unafraid to speak his mind. About his orphan upbringing on the gang-infested streets of South Central Los Angeles. About his four-year stint in the U.S. Army’s famed “Tropic Lightning” outfit. About his successful career as a hustler and thief, the car crash that nearly killed him, and the fateful decision to turn away from a life of crime and forge his own path to international entertainment stardom.

Ice by Ice-T is both a tell-it-like-it-is tale of redemption and a star-studded tour of the pop culture firmament. The acclaimed rapper and actor shares never-before-told stories about friends like Tupac, Dick Wolf, Chris Rock, and an antler-clad Flavor Flav, among others. Readers will ride along as Ice-T’s incendiary rock band Body Count narrowly escapes from a riotous mob of angry concertgoers in Milan, and listen in as the music legend battles the self-appointed censors over his controversial “Cop Killer” single.

Most of all, Ice is the place where one of the game’s most opinionated players breaks down his own secret plan for living, offering up candid observations on marriage and monogamy, the current state of hip-hop, and his latest passion: doing one-on-one gang interventions and mentoring at-risk youths around the country.

With insights into the cutthroat world of the street — and the cutthroat world of Hollywood — Ice is the inspirational story of a true American original.

Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood
by Ice-T and Douglas Century

One World/Ballantine
Available April 19, 2011 in Hardcover

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.