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.

Midwest Writers Workshop 2017


The Midwest Writers Workshop offers informal contact with those key faculty members who can provide insight into the world of publishing as it exists today. These networking experiences, the manuscript evaluation scheme, the agent pitch sessions, the query letter critiques, the hands-on tutoring with social media, AND the class sessions will make the 2017 Midwest Writers Workshop, our 44th! – July 20-22, 2017 – a must for all writers.

We have continued the successful format of the past few years, with the workshop divided into two parts. Part I offers genre-specific Intensive Sessions. You may enroll in both parts, or choose just one.

Part II is filled to the brim with information on marketing and writing techniques that is valuable to writers of any genre. Participants in Part II also have the opportunity to send a 5-page manuscript to our Manuscript Evaluation Team, a 1-page query to the Query Letter Critique Team, or (free) consultations for social media or taxation for writers. And we’re also offering Professional Head Shots!

The 2017 MWW includes quality instruction by a faculty of authors, agents, editors, and specialists, plus the opportunity to meet other writers with similar interests.

10th Annual Calvacade of Authors October 3-5, 2014


October 3-5, 2014| Chicago, IL

The event kicks off with a private dinner at the Grand Lux Café on Friday. Saturday, the tour bus takes attendees to the new India House Restaurant for a buffet lunch, then it’s off for shopping at Prime Outlet OR with the addition of a second bus–sightseeing at Navy Pier and DuSable Museum. Later on Saturday, the main event will be held at Room 43—a Mardi Gras party to celebrate the Cavalcade the same way it began–in true New Orleans style. The weekend ends with an inspirational Sunday Buffet brunch at Marriott Chicago Downtown on the Magnificent Mile.  This is the perfect event for book clubs and book lovers.


Registration Required


View the Schedule of Events Below


Friday, October 3, 2014

Reception with the authors at the Grand Lux Cafe (Late Registrants/open to the public)

VIP Dinner with the authors at the Grand Lux Cafe (VIPs only)

Late Night Chat with Dr. Joyce Brown

Late Night Chat with Martha Kennerson

Late Night Chat with Zuri Day


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Private Brunch at India House Restaurant

Bus 1 Shopping Trip

[**Bus 2: DuSable Museum and Navy Pier***]

PRIVATE VIP Dinner at Room 43

Mardi Gras Party at Room 43 with Stepping and Salsa Lessons by Jerome Montgomery, Jr.

Late Night Chat with Renee Daniel Flagler

Late Night Chat with Lutishia Lovely

Late Night Chat with Naleighna Kai


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Inspirational Sunday Brunch at the Marriott Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile

Host Hotel: Marriott Downtown Chicago Magnificent Mile

*** with increased attendance, a second bus will be added


Register Here

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 African American Authors Expo, Maryland

This annual event, sponsored by Charm City Jazz and The Vendor’s Network, showcases a variety of African American authors and generally attracts hundreds of book enthusiasts.

Book lovers and local book club members are invited to participate in this free event. Everyone will have  opportunities to interact with the authors, hear interesting book talks,  and add lot of new books to their personal book collections.

The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazne for Black Women by Edward Lewis

“The Man from Essence” depicts with candor and insight how Edward Lewis, CEO and publisher of “Essence, ” started a magazine with three black men who would transform the lives of millions of black American women and alter the American marketplace. Throughout “Essence”‘s colorful and storied history, Ed Lewis remained the cool and constant presence, a quiet-talking corporate captain and business strategist who prevailed against the odds and the naysayers. He would emerge to become the last man standing–the only partner to survive the battles that raged before the magazine was sold to Time, Inc. in the largest buyout of a black-owned publication by the world’s largest publishing company.

The story of “Essence” is ultimately the story of American business, black style. From constant battles with a racist advertising community to hostile takeover attempts, warring partners packing heat, mass firings, and mass defections–all of which revealed inherent challenges in running a black business–the saga is as riveting as any thriller steeped in high drama, hijinks, and juicy dishing.
In this engaging business memoir, Ed Lewis tells the inspiring story of how his own rise from humble South Bronx beginnings to media titan was shaped by the black women and men in his life. This in turn helped shape a magazine that has changed the face of American media.



July 4, 2014| 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM| Empowerment Stage @ Essence Fest, New Orleans, LA 

July 20, 2014| 3:00 PM| 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA

August 1, 2014| 3:00 PM| National Association of Black Journalists (Panel w/ Misty Copeland and Charise Jones)

September 27, 2014| 12:00 PM| Baltimore Inner Harbor

October 16, 2014| 6:30 PM| 151 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL