DECEMBER 2017 Edition

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

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Greetings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday and are experiencing a joyous holiday season. We have already begun making preparations for the 2018 National Black Book Festival which will be our 11th anniversary. Our line-up of featured authors for next year will include many new faces, as well as a few returning authors.

We're excited to announce that husband-and-wife writing team Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes will be featured authors next year. The following featured authors are already confirmed for 2018, and we will have several more to add to the roster:

Steven Barnes
Tananarive Due
Michelle Stimpson
Pamela Samuels Young
Victor McGlothin
Tiffany L. Warren

Registration for the 201
8 National Black Book Festival is now open. Register by Nov. 30th and your photo will be included on the NBBF website at no charge. After Nov. 30th there is an $89 photo fee and the registration rate increases. Your final payment of $175.00 will not be due until July 31st. We often sell out of vendor space a month or two in advance of the event, so be sure to put down your $50 deposit to secure your spot and get the cheapest rate. Authors: Register online 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 wear's 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 will be available by February 2018.

Our Children's Festival was a big hit and will become part of all future Festivals. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, where 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.

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Members of the Ebony Pages Book Club of Las Vegas, Nevada
had a blast at the 2017 NBBF.

Actor/author GregAlan Williams signed books
for his fans at the 2017 NBBF.

I. Krystal Smith and Sydney McGee were two of the youngest authors
at the 2017 NBBF

Jazz violinist Daniel D performs for Festival attendees. He will return in 2018.


God, Is This Relationship Worth My Time
by LaSheka L. Hollingsworth

Christian based novel that looks at friendship from a Christian perspective. Three friends that are challenged with whether staying in a toxic relationship is worth it or if it is best to leave. This book will make it's reader think, cry, and embrace change. Lastly, the three friends will take a walk through Bible scripture and friendship to determine the next step in each relationship. Will Pauline, Ashley, and Lauren stay with their significant other or move on? Get a copy today!

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Weekend Wealth Transfer: How Black Churches Move Billions of Dollars Out of Black Communities and How to Move It Back by Gwen Richardson
Every Sunday in black churches across America collection plates are passed and parishioners insert their tithes and offerings. The very next day, as those funds are deposited in church bank accounts, the transfer of millions of dollars occurs as those funds are placed in financial institutions that are not owned by African Americans.

However, the weekend’s wealth transfer does not end there. It continues throughout the remainder of the week as the majority of mortgage companies, landlords, insurance companies, and vendors most black churches utilize are also not African American-owned. This wealth transfer, estimated at billions of dollars per year, occurs largely unconsciously but its impact is enormous.

Order autographed copies from the author's website: 

Enjoy the above photos from this year's Festival and be sure to "like" our Facebook page, if you have not already done so. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and a Happy New Year to you all.

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator