26-28, 2017 - 10th Anniversary ●
Fallbrook Church ● Houston, Texas
New Year From National Black Book Festival Headquarters:
We have already begun making preparations for the 2017 National Black Book Festival which will be our 10th anniversary. Since next year will be our 10th year we are planning to include some extra special guests and activities. Actor and author GregAlan Williams is confirmed as a featured author for the 2017 National Black Book Festival. Williams is best known for his roles in T.V. shows like "Greenleaf," "Secrets and Lies," "Baywatch," and "Containment," as well as his roles in the films "Almost Christmas" and "Let the Church Say Amen." 2017 will be Williams' first appearance at NBBF as a featured author.
The following additional featured authors are already confirmed for 2017, and we will have several more to add to the roster:
Authors: Early bird registration for the 2017 National Black Book Festival is now open. A deposit of only $50.00 will secure your table, and your final payment of $200.00 will not be due until July 31st. Your name and website link will be added to the NBBF website within 48 hours of your deposit payment. In 2016, we sold out three months in advance so be sure to put down your $50 deposit to secure your spot at the early bird rate. Authors: Register online here.
Book clubs: Register early for the 2017 Book Festival by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You receive a FREE listing on the website and that lets authors know that your club members will be in attendance next year.
We have created a Facebook event page for the 2017 Festival. Be sure to go to the page and select "Interested" or "Going" to be kept abreast of all developments. The 2017 NBBF Facebook Event page is 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 will be available by February 2017.
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CHECK OUT THESE BOOKS!
Book Features for the
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Sisters, Vol. 2: Silent No More
by Lila Holley and Merci L. McKinley
We see their strong, determined faces in uniform. We see their unceasing exhibition of honor and courage while protecting our country. But there is something we don’t see: victims of the system—the system with the mission to protect all people of America, including its service members.
In Camouflaged Sisters: Silent No More, twelve women strip away all comfort and protection to share the struggles they’ve faced, not on the battlefield, but instead in places they never expected—in their homes, in their barracks, amongst friends. These are the stories of sexual trauma, domestic violence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and many other dangerous challenges women in the military fight every day.
This book gives a voice to the warrior who has suffered in silence, the soldier who has been plagued by pain, and the woman who will no longer stand for injustice but will rise up as a victor and speak her truth.
Music Book: The Poetry of Larry Toussaint Garlington
by Larry Toussaint Garlington
This collection of poems spans many moods, but is set by music. If you listen closely, you can hear the rhythms and melodies of songs that moved us to "Tears," made us "Smile," pleaded that we "Open Our Eyes," asked "What's Going On," and in the words of Mother Mary, "Let It Be."
Readers can view these songs alongside the poems that they themselves inspired. This is a tribute to the great artists and composers of some of the most treasured productions of all time. The poems written for this collection serve as appreciation for those efforts. You're invited to hum along, read along, and settle in as you peruse the varied moods of My Music Book.
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. The transfer would not be so problematic if a reciprocating money stream was flowing from other communities into black-owned enterprises. In other words, if churches from other ethnic groups were collecting funds each weekend and transferring them to black-owned banks and businesses, the two realities would be balanced, with essentially one cancelling out the other. Instead all of the funds are moving in one direction—away from black communities and entrepreneurs.
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Happy New Year!