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TIME: 10:30 AM            Hosted by Juliette Jones - Next Door Classics Book Club; Beyond Words Book Club 

Book Fun! Tell us about your best book ever, play Book Bingo and Book Trivia while sipping on a free cup of brew from Starbucks! OPEN TO ALL!

WHAT COLORS YOUR BLACK?: How Reading Shapes Our World
Time: 11:30 AM

Moderator: Queen Taese, Founder Liberated Minds (U.S.)
Participants: Itah Sadu (A Different Booklist; Toronto, CN); Lynda Edwards (Redemption Songs; Jamaica, WI); Dora Owusu (The Majestic African Hair Show; Ghana)
; Mélissa Francisco (Learning About My Heritage: 4 Awesome African Figures, France)  
Join a lively and informative conversation on what ideas, images, and perceptions of Blackness are projected throughout the African Diaspora.


Hosted by Reggie Bailey - Co-Host, Books Are Pop Culture

12:00 PM         Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah - Chain Gang AII Stars  

12:30 PM         Clarence A. Haynes - Nubia: The Reckoning (The Nubia Series)

Reggie Bailey and Akili Nzuri are Books Are Pop Culture. They host a YouTube show that covers the latest and the greatest in Book News, as well as conduct interviews that ask demanding questions of the authors who create pop culture. Join Reggie Bailey for this frank and (maybe too?) honest discussion with fiction and nonfiction writers.

Panelists: Carolyn Wilson, Dr. Fatima Abdul Johnson, and Jay Williford 
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Featuring the men and women of Carolyn Wilson's anthologies H.I.M Story, H.E.R.Story, and H.E.R.Story Too, "Men Don't Talk" is a conversation about lessons learned through healing, balance, and an understanding of one another through our stories. 



Host: Juliette Jones        

Join our author conversation and reading series on the HBF Booklover’s Stage. Enjoy our gathering of notable and award-winning authors as they share their stories, their inspirations for writing, and future work, followed by a book signing at the Sisters Uptown Bookstore tent. Open to All.

1:30 PM               Elizabeth Nunez – Now Lila Knows

                            Nikki GrimesA Walk in The Woods; Black Authors Hall of Fame Awardee;

                                    joined by Brian Pinckney, Illustrator

                            Afaa Michael Weaver – Black Authors Hall of Fame Awardee

                            Edgar Ridley – Black Authors Hall of Fame Awardee

                            Kia CorthronMoon and the Mars

                            Walter Mosley – Black Authors Hall of Fame Awardee


3:30PM               Eriq LaSalle: Meet the Martyr Maker - A Conversation and Book signing

HOST: New York Times Notable Author Elizabeth Nunez (Now Lila Knows)

Join Eriq LaSalle, highly acclaimed Actor, Author, and Producer, in a conversation with New York Times Notable author Elizabeth Nunez (Now Lila Knows) in a revealing conversation about managing the creative process. Followed by a book signing at Sisters Uptown Bookstore Tent. Books will be available for purchase at the event.


4:00 PM               UNLOCKING THE POWER OF LIBRARIES: A Gateway to Author Success

Host: Richard E. Ashby Jr., LiteracyNation Inc. - ALA
Join us for an illuminating presentation by Richard E. Ashby Jr., representing LiteracyNation, an organization deeply committed to the symbiotic relationship between authors and libraries. 
As an author, navigating the ever-changing literary landscape can be daunting. Richard demystifies this journey by offering a unique pathway to streamline the process of getting independent books into libraries; learn how to get your book cataloged in WorldCat; leverage library networks for book launches and readings, and build a sustainable author career. Elevate your author journey through the power of libraries! 


4:30 PM               BOOK TALK: At The Table of Power with Author Diane Spivey

Host: Max Rodriguez, Founder Harlem Book Fair

Diane M. Spivey is a dedicated culinary historian who has devoted more than forty years to the study and recording of African-American food traditions and cooking. At the Table of Power is the first cookbook to take a serious look at the overall environment of the country’s Black cooks, chefs, and caterers at the culinary helm of farms and plantations, restaurants, hotels, steamboats, lodges, and private clubs, trains, and homes of the elites, not just through their measuring cups and spoons, but also through the larger scope and lens of this country’s laws and legal history.

5:00 PM               HOW TO TURN A LITTLE BOOK INTO A BIG BOOKMeet the Black Books Collaborative

Panelists: Max Rodriguez, Founder - Harlem Book Fair; Alice James, Executive Director - Black Authors Hall of Fame; Richard E. Ashby, Director - LiteracyNation, Inc.; Simone Adjei, co-Founder -

After 20 years of independent publishing, what is the state of black books? Are our stories still being "gated" by mainstream presses? How does one create a break-out book? It's these panelists' combination of know-how that creates bestseller-level results. Four organizations have joined forces to lead in the development, delivery, and leadership of the Black reader market. Join us, and witness history.



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