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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.

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

2014 Black Book Festival2nd Annual Black Comic Book Festival 2014

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

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 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.