BookExpo America 2017 May 31-June 2, 2017

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BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers.

BookExpo culminates with BookCon, our two day Fan event where storytelling and pop culture collide.


2017 Author Breakfasts

Thursday, June 1 | Kenya Barris (Author: This is Basic Shit) and Jesmyn Ward (Author: Sing, Unburied, Sing)

Friday, June 2 | Jason Reynolds (Author: Miles Morales (A Spider-Man Novel), Long way Down)


Featured Guests

Terry McMillan




2017 Greater Houston Texas Teen BookCon

tbc17poster-page-001 The 2017 Greater Houston Teen BookCon is coming!

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, Texas is a spectacular event cultivated by teens for teens.

The event is open to adults, but teens are given top priority when it comes to information sessions.

Find more information here and register here.

2017 Savannah Book Festival February 16-19

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The Savannah Book Festival is an annual event, free and open to the public, in celebration of the written word and its role in improving the human experience. Our mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation.


Featured authors at this year’s festival include:

Colson Whitehead presents his a magnificent tour de force following a young slave’s journey to freedom in the antebellum South in, The Underground Railroad.

Alejandro Danois tells an encouraging true story of a high-school basketball team that gave a city hope, overcoming desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore, and producing four NBA players in The Boys of Dunbar.

Homegoing follows two half-sisters: one becomes a slave and the other becomes a wife to a British slaver. As they part ways, their paths unfold as Yaa Gyasi shows how captivity etches into the heart of both a family and a nation.

Imbolo Mbue‘s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, tells an unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a fresh start in New York just as the Great Recession begins to shake the economy and the American dream for many crumbles around them.

Pachinko, a novel by Min Jin Lee, follows a Korean family from the 1900s when a beautiful daughter has an unplanned pregnancy that shames the family, forcing them to move and make sacrifices to keep from social ruin.

2014 Brooklyn Book Festival

Sunday, September 21, 2014 10am-6pm (Rain or Shine)
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
The Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend events are literary themed events taking place in clubs, parks, bookstores, theatres and libraries. The Bookends kick-off a full literary week with film screenings, parties, literary games and author appearances.
Authors Slated to Appear Include:
Ayana Mathis’s writing has appeared in Glamour, Redbook, and Martha Stewart Living, among other publications. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her first novel, was the second selection in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship.
Zadie Smith is a British novelist, essayist and short story writer. As of 2012, she has published four novels, all of which have received substantial critical praise. 
Colson Whitehead is the author of the national bestseller Sag Harbor and the novels The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award and most recently, Zone One.
Terry McMillan was born in Port Huron, Michigan. In 1977, McMillan graduated from UC Berkeley and relocated to NYC. Ten years later, Mama became her breakout novel. McMillan won the Doubleday New Voices in Fiction Award in 1986 for Waiting to Exhale, which was made into a movie that won seven Grammy Awards and an MTV Movie Award. Her most recent novel is Getting to Happy, the sequel to Waiting to Exhale.
K’wan Foye is a literary award winner and bestselling author of over a dozen titles. K’wan has been featured in Vibe, Pages, King, The Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Press, and Time Magazine, to name a few. K’wan was also the recipient of the 2012 and 2013 Street Lit Book Award Medals (SLBAM) in adult fiction for Eviction Notice and Animal.

2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival

Come to the 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the event.

This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities.





Authors of Note Include:

Ilyasah Shabazz
Children’s Pavilion Saturday, August 30

Presentation: 3:20-3:50 pm| Book Signing 4:30-5:30 pm

Ilyasah Shabazz is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. She is a community organizer, activist, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed “Growing Up X.” Shabazz is co-editor with Herb Boyd of “The Diary of Malcolm X” and worked with illustrator A.G. Ford on her new book, “The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X” (Simon & Schuster). Shabazz promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world. She produces the Wake-Up Tour, an exclusive youth empowerment program, and participates on international humanitarian delegations. She is the founder of Malcolm X Enterprises and is a trustee for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.

Peniel E. Joseph
History & Biography Pavilion| Saturday, August 30
Presentation: 2:35-3:20 pm| Book Signing 4:00-5:00 pm
Peniel E. Joseph is an author, historian, activist and professor at Tufts University who focuses much of his work on civil rights, democracy and race relations. Joseph is also a popular commentator on these issues and he has been featured on NPR, PBS’s NewsHour and CSPAN’s Book TV. He is the author of the award-winning “Waiting ‘til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America” and “Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama.” In “Stokely: A Life” (Basic Civitas Books/Perseus), a work 10 years in the making, Joseph provides an authoritative biography of Stokely Carmichael, a key player in the civil rights movement as the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and later black power movement.

Jacqueline Woodson
Teens Pavilion| Saturday, August 30
Presentation: 2:40-3:10 pm| Book Signing: 3:30-4:30 pm
For her dedication to children and young-adult literature, Jacqueline Woodson received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. Woodson is known for exploring important themes in her works, including issues of gender, class, race, family and history. Her picture books, middle-grade and young-adult novels take the reader on an emotional journey by portraying characters in relatable, realistic situations. Woodson has written more than 20 books; some of the most notable include Newbery Honor Medal winners “Show Way,” “Feathers,” and “After Tupac and D Foster” and the Coretta Scott King Award-winning “Miracle’s Boys.” “Brown Girl Dreaming” (Penguin), her newest title released this summer, recalls the story of her own childhood as a young African American girl growing up amid the Civil Rights Movement. Written in verse, each poem gives the reader a snapshot of a child’s effort to build a strong voice in the world.

Rita Williams-Garcia
Teens Pavilion| Saturday, August 30
Presentation: 12-12:30 pm| Book Signing: 1:00-2:00 pm
Queens, N.Y., native Rita Williams-Garcia says, “Writing stories for young people is my passion and my mission.” Recipient of the PEN/Norma Klein Award, Williams-Garcia is known for her works’ realistic portrayal of teens of color. For her New York Times best-seller “One Crazy Summer,” she won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award, the Coretta Scott King Award and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. In her latest Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel “P.S. Be Eleven” (HarperCollins), the sequel to “One Crazy Summer,” character Delphine Gaither returns to Brooklyn with her family and tries to “be 11” while she can despite the changing circumstances and responsibilities around her. This historical fiction tells the story of three sisters growing up amid the backdrop of the Black Panthers, Vietnam War and the overall radical change of the 1960s. Williams-Garcia teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program.

Brando Skyhorse
Contemporary Life Pavilion| Saturday, August 30
Presentation: 4:25-5:10 pm| Book Signing: 5:20-6:00 pm
Brando Skyhorse gained national attention for his first novel, “The Madonnas of Echo Park,” which received the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award and the Sue Kaufman Award for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In his riveting, heartfelt memoir, “Take This Man” (Simon & Schuster), Skyhorse tells the true story of his dysfunctional childhood, a reality he learned 30 years later, after making a surprise online discovery about his biological father. He was born Brando Kelly Ulloa and abandoned by his Mexican father at 3 years old, but his mother decided to change the identity of her young boy, creating the life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist. Brando grows up believing he is an American Indian as he lives with his mother and grandmother in a predominantly Mexican-American neighborhood, going through the rotation of five stepfathers. This memoir follows Skyhorse’s quest to reclaim his identity and search for a father — and the truth.

Tiphanie Yanique
Fiction & Mystery Pavilion| Saturday, August 30
Presentation: 1:40-2:25 pm| Book Signing: 3:00-4:00 pm
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection “How to Escape from a Leper Colony,” the picture book “I Am the Virgin Islands” and the novel “Land of Love and Drowning” (Riverhead). Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of 16 cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and elsewhere. Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

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Black Comic Book Festival 2014

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 here and here.

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


Main Floor:

12 – 5 pm

Exhibit Tables from 40 Comic Book Artists and Writers*

*List of Featured Artists TBA

Langston Hughes Auditorium:

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)

American Negro Theater:

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*

* Full list of screenings available at the event.


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).


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