THE HARLEM BOOK FAIR EVENT SCHEDULE
THE HBF BOOKLOVER’S STAGE
THE STARBUCK’S BOOKLOVERS MEETUP
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.
BOOKS ARE POP CULTURE
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.
MEN DON'T TALK; ARE WOMEN LISTENING?: A DISCUSSION
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.
CONVERSATIONS, READINGS, AND SIGNINGS
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 Grimes – A 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 Corthron – Moon 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 BOOK: Meet 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 - iReadify.com.
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.
6:00 PM THE GATHERING: HBF CLOSING CEREMONY @ THE HBF MAINSTAGE