APRIL 2018 Edition

Oct. 25-27, 2018 11th Anniversary  ●  Fallbrook Church ● Houston, Texas

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Greetings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

Plans for the 2018 National Black Book Festival, which will be our 11th anniversary, are progressing well and our line-up of featured authors for next year is almost complete. Multifaceted actress, comedian, author, and speaker, Kim Coles, will be a featured author at the 2018 NBBF. Kim has delighted audiences all over the world for over 32 years including ground-breaking shows like "In Living Color" and "Living Single." This will be her first appearance at NBBF.

New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey will be featured this year as well. Eric joined us at the 2012 NBBF and will return this year. His latest novel, Bad Men and Wicked Women, was released Apr. 17th and we will have copies on hand for purchase and signing, along with some of his backlist titles. Eric's other books include the bestsellers Genevieve, Drive Me Crazy, Naughty or Nice, The Other Woman, and Thieves' Paradise. Eric writes full time and is developing a six-issue mini-series of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther.

Additional featured authors (all confirmed) for the 2018 National Black Book Festival include the following:


Tyrone Givens

Gwen Richardson

d. E. Rogers

Demetria Grissett

Orlando Ceaser

Gwen Richardson


Steven Barnes Tananarive Due Stephanie
Powell Watts
Michelle Stimpson Pamela
Samuels Young
Tiffany L. Warren Derrick Barnes

Bestselling author of paranormal and science fiction novels, including Blood Brothers, Lion's Blood, and Twelve Days

Bestselling author of paranormal mystery/ thrillers like My Soul to Keep, The Living Blood, Blood Colony, and The Between

Author of the bestselling novel No One Is Coming to Save Us and winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work

National bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 Christian fiction novels, including Boaz Brown, Who Killed My Husband? and the Mama B series

Author of the NAACP Image Award winning novel, Anybody's Daughter, and other legal mysteries like Abuse of Discretion and Buying Time

Christian fiction author of bestselling the novels Lies and Alibis, The Replacement Wife, and The Favorite Son

Featured author for NBBF's Children's Festival, and recipient of the 2018 Ezra Jack Keats award/New Writer, and a 2018 Coretta Scott King Award Author Honor

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Authors: Standard registration for the 2018 National Black Book Festival is now open. A deposit of only $100.00 is required to hold your table with the final payment of $200.00 not due until July 31st. The price increases after May 31st. As of April 17th, 74% of author tables are sold, and we tend to sell out of tables about two months before the event. Authors: Register online here.

new2.jpg (731 bytes)Registered Authors: If you have already registered for 2018 NBBF (paid your deposit) and have a photo of you at a book signing, event, standing next to a poster, or holding up your book, we will post it on the NBBF Facebook page (83,000+ fans) and run it as a sponsored ad for two days at no charge. All you need to do is email us the photo, along with a caption and a couple of sentences describing the event or your book. Email your photo to and use "NBBF Author Photo" as the subject. Your photo will be posted shortly after receipt, depending on how many we receive.

Become an NBBF Non-Profit Partner: If you are a member of a non-profit organization, you can raise your group's profile and expose your members to African-American literature by becoming an official Non-Profit Partner with the National Black Book Festival. The benefits are tremendous and the cost is minimal. Details are available online here:

Event Tickets: General admission (including author exhibits, seminars, and featured author sessions) to the 2018 NBBF is free. However, if you would like to attend our four special events you may purchase a Full Festival Package for only $85.00. The Full Festival Package includes the Welcome to Houston Reception, Get Acquainted Breakfast (Friday), Power Lunch (Friday), and Networking Breakfast (Saturday), all catered by Pappa's Catering, one of the leading regional restaurant chains in the South and Southwest. Order event tickets here:

Book clubs: Register early for the 2018 Book Festival by sending an email to You receive a FREE listing on the website and that lets authors know that your club members will be in attendance. Next year we will have a special gift for every book club that attends on Friday and wears their club paraphernalia.

The Sheraton North Houston will again be the host hotel for out-of-town travelers. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided by NBBF to and from the Sheraton to Fallbrook Church each day. Online hotel registration is available online here:

Our Children's Festival was a big hit and in 2018 it will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The featured author for our Children's Festival will be award-winning author Derrick Barnes. Children's authors will provide readings, entertainment, gift cards, and door prizes for children who attend. The coordinators of the Children's Festival are children's authors Pamela Jarmon-Wade, Shelita Anderson and Mary Evans. The Children's Festival will be absolutely FREE to the public.

For entertainment next year, gospel/jazz violinist DANIEL D. will return and perform during Friday's Power Lunch. Daniel is an extraordinary musician and you can check out his website for samples of his craftsmanship.



Unforgettable 'Memoir': God Remember Me
Sherman Turner

A plumber who faces discrimination for hiring minorities on job. The white contractor doesn’t like it so they start a war. Who will win the war? The white contractor started issuing death threats. Suddenly, those threats caused the plumber to have a very serious stroke!

That stroke left him 90 percent paralyzed and he calls on YMCA special trainer Vernon Duncan for help! The YMCA Trainer gives him lessons to stand and walk again. Now plumber's condition has improved and he is 50 percent paralyzed. He returns to the job in wheelchair to lead minority workers. Who will win the war?

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Giving Up on a Dream by K. R. Lewis
Trish Williams learned from a young age that everything has an advantage. Be it having a good friend as the owner of the best hair salon in town or knowing the right glance would make a brother give you everything from a parking to his last dime. With her chocolate freckles, Trish was the spitting image of her grandmother and the envy of every woman she knew.

Trish’s life changed forever when she met fellow high school classmate Leon Williams. Even though Trish dreamed of moving to a big city so she could be an award winning journalist, she put her dreams on hold so she could be near Leon. After college, Trish became Mrs. Leon Williams. She and Leon set out to make their own American dream.

After celebrating her mother’s birthday on a beautiful Sunday in September, the weather changed and blew in a thunderstorm. After the party, Trish planned an elaborate romantic evening, hoping to make up with Leon after a petty argument earlier in the day. The police arrive at Trish’s door with dream shattering news

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Be sure to "like" our Facebook page, if you have not already done so. Enjoy your literary activities for the coming months.

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator