JANUARY 2018 Edition

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

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Greetings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

Happy New Year and we hope you are enjoying success and blessings in 2018. 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. We have also confirmed Stephanie Powell Watts, author of the bestselling novel No One Is Coming to Save Us and winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. The following featured authors are already confirmed for 2018, and we will have several more to add to the roster:

Steven Barnes
Tananarive Due

Stephanie Powell Watts

Michelle Stimpson
Pamela Samuels Young
Victor McGlothin

Tiffany L. Warren

Early bird registration for the 2018 National Black Book Festival is now open. Register by Feb. 28th at the early bird rate for the best savings. A $50 deposit is all that is required to have your name and website link included on the NBBF website. Your final payment of $200.00 will not be due until July 31st. After Feb. 28th, the price increases so be sure to sign up before the early bird deadline. Authors: Register online here.

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:

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 will be available by February 2018.

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. 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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The Will to Live: Finding the Strength Within to Survive
Drenda Williams

Domestic violence affects a broad range amongst society today with 19% of college females experiencing some type of dating violence. Additionally, 32% of high school students will be involved in an abusive relationship. These facts may be new to some but those who are survivors of domestic violence know about these experiences up close and personal.

Drenda Williams is a SURVIVOR! Dealing with domestic violence at the age 17-20, she has developed a real life experience guide. While each chapter reflects her personal experiences
, they offer guidance, tips, and reassurance to those who may not know what to do or are second guessing their natural instincts.

She is dedicated to domestic violence awareness since it affects most families in some capacity. This book is emotional, revisits real events, but most importantly is designed to change your life and equip you with the tools to survive

Visit the author's website:

Order copies of The Will to Live online here:

101 Scholarship Applications 2018 Edition: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education 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. The highlight of this book is a comprehensive listing of more than 250 scholarship sources, including award amounts, eligibility requirements, and direct website links. All sources have been vetted and researched for accuracy

Order autographed copies from the author's website: 

Be sure to "like" our Facebook page, if you have not already done so. Happy New Year and enjoy your Black History Month celebrations!

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator