APRIL 2019 Edition

Oct. 24-26, 2019 12th Anniversary  ●  Fallbrook Church ● Houston, Texas

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Greetings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

We are steadily making preparations for the 2019 National Black Book Festival, which will be our 12th anniversary, and we hope you'll make plans to join us. We try to make each annual Festival both consistent and unique, with new featured authors, activities, door prizes, and opportunities to network and make connections.

We recently confirmed actress and author, Sheryl Lee Ralph, as a featured author for this year. Ms. Ralph is a Tony Award nominee for her role in the original Broadway musical, "Dreamgirls." She is also known for her roles in films like "The Distinguished Gentleman" and "Sister Act 2," as well as TV shows, "Moesha" and "It's A Living." This will be her first appearance at NBBF.

The following additional featured authors are already confirmed for 2019, and we will be adding a few more to the roster:



Gwen Richardson

Gwen Richardson

Therese Taylor Stinson

Rose Stiffin


Devin Robinson


James Russell


Rose Stiffin

Gwen Richardson


Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Tiffany Warren

Joylynn Ross a/k/a E. N. Joy

Brandon Massey

Christine C. Jones

Anita Bunkley

Etan Thomas
(former NBA player)

Standard registration for the 2019 National Black Book Festival is open. A deposit of only $100 secures your table with the balance of $200.00 not due until July 31st. For your remaining balance, you may make incremental payments as small as $25.00, or pay it all at once, whatever your budget allows. Your name listing and link are added to the website within 48 hours of making your $100.00 deposit. We often sell out of vendor space a month or two in advance of the event, so be sure to put down your deposit to secure your spot as soon as possible. As of April 1st, 73% of NBBF vendor space is sold. Authors: Register online here.

Book Clubs: Register early for the 2019 Book Festival by sending an email to You receive a FREE listing on the website and that lets authors know your club members will be in attendance. This year, the book club that attends on Friday, Oct. 25th wearing club paraphernalia and has the most members present will win our Black Authors Matter t-shirt for each member in attendance.

Black Authors Matter T-Shirts are available exclusively from the National Black Book Festival in sizes X-Small to 5XL. These t-shirts are great for book clubs, book events, and year-round gifts. Order your t-shirt online HERE:

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 will be included again this year. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, where children's authors will provide readings, entertainment, and door prizes for children who attend. Schools and day care centers are welcome to attend and bring their classes with them. Your children's education and worldview will be enhanced by exposure to the numerous African-American children's authors who participate each year. The coordinators of the Children's Festival are children's authors Pamela Jarmon-Wade, Shelita Anderson and Mary Evans. The Children's Festival is absolutely FREE to the public.

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Houston Christian fiction author, Sherron Elise, will return to 2019 NBBF for the third year.
I have made so many divine connections through the National Black Book Festival. So many doors have opened up for me. It has been a great vessel," she says.

Children's authors Mary Evans, Shelita Anderson, and
Pamela Jarmon-Wade (left to right) will be coordinators of the
2019 NBBF Children's Festival for the third consecutive year.


The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book
Curtis Claytor

Most of us learn in school about the accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver. But what is the name of the first self-made American woman millionaire? How about the name of the woman who refused to sit in the Jim Crow section of a train that was assigned to blacks in 1883? Or the name of the black man who invented the gas mask and three-signal stoplight?

In a fascinating trivia book filled with two thousand multiple-choice educational and entertaining questions in four categories, Curtis Claytor invites others to test and increase their knowledge of black history and celebrate the achievements of not only well-known African Americans but also the lesser known. Black history enthusiasts will learn the answers to a variety of interesting questions like who scored 101 points in the first half of a high school basketball game, in what city the first black-owned television station was established, when the freaks come out according to the Whodini song, and Fred Sanford's middle initial. The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book shares two thousand questions in four categories that help educate anyone interested in learning more about the achievements of African Americans.

Order The Ultimate Black History Trivia Book at the author's website:

101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education (Revised 2019 Edition)
by Gwen Richardson
We have all read the headlines featuring a fortunate college-bound student who received $100,000 or more in scholarship awards. Assuming that the scholarships were renewable annually, this amount could easily pay for four years of college at any American college or university. However, these success stories are the exception, not the rule. According to federal government estimates, the average undergraduate who borrows money to pay for college graduates with about $37,000 in student loan debt.

101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education was written specifically to address the issue of college loan debt, and help students and their parents identify scholarship opportunities, as well as develop strategies for submitting applications and winning awards. This book’s author, Gwen Richardson, is a parent who spent several years carefully researching scholarship sources for her daughter, who attended an out-of-state college at the cost of $30,000 per year. Her daughter graduated in May 2018 with all costs financed entirely with scholarships and grants. The highlight of this book is a comprehensive listing of more than 300 scholarship sources, including award amounts, eligibility requirements, and direct website links. All sources have been vetted and researched for accuracy

Preorder online here:

Enjoy the above photos from the 2018 Festival and be sure to "like" our Facebook page, if you have not already done so. Enjoy the upcoming Holy Holiday Season!

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator