JULY 2017 Edition

Oct. 26-28, 2017 - 10th Anniversary  ●  Fallbrook Church ● Houston, Texas

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Greetings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

It's hard to believe that we're only about three months away from the 2017 National Black Book Festival. Since this 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.

Entertainment manager and author Mathew Knowles will return again this year as a featured author. Knowles is best known for managing the career of his daughter, Beyonce, and the powerhouse girl group Destiny's Child. He is releasing a new book motivational book this fall that he will be signing at 2017 NBBF.

We've also added author, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker Shashicka Tyre-Hill to our lineup. Shashicka is the founder and CEO of Miracle Home Care, a successful home care agency with seven locations throughout the Southeast. Her success story from teen mom to millionaire is chronicled in her memoir, Blessings & Miracles.  

One of our new special events this year will be our Children's Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, where more than a dozen children's authors will provide readings, entertainment, 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. All children's authors who are registered with vendor tables will be able to participate. The Children's Festival will be absolutely FREE to the public.

For entertainment this year, we will have a FREE concert on Friday, Oct. 27th at 6:00 p.m. featuring gospel/jazz violinist DANIEL D. Daniel is an extraordinary musician and you can check out his website for samples of his craftsmanship.

Authors: Late registration rates for the 2017 National Black Book Festival are now in effect. A 50% deposit of only $175.00 will secure your table, with your final payment of $175.00 due within 30 days. Your name and website link will be added to the NBBF website within 48 hours of your deposit payment. We expect to sell out of author tables by the end of the summer so be sure to put down your 50% deposit soon to secure your spot at the standard rate. As of July 19th, 84% of author tables are sold. Authors: Register online here.

Book clubs: Register early for the 2017 Book Festival by sending an email to You receive a FREE listing on the website which lets authors know 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. We also have created separate event pages for all of the seminars and other special events that will occur.
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. Hotel rooms are going fast so please do not delay in making your reservations. Online hotel registration is now available HERE.

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We have confirmed these additional featured authors for 2017.


Gwen Richardson

Gwen Richardson

d. E. Rogers

Orlando Ceaser

Orlando Ceaser

Gwen Richardson


ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Co-Founder of Brown Girls Publishing and award-winning author of The Perfect Mistress, Mama's Boy, What's Done in the Dark, and Let the Church Say Amen

Victoria Christopher Murray
Co-Founder of Brown Girls Publishing and best-selling author of Stand Your Ground, Lust, Forever An Ex, and Never Say Never

Donna Hill
Award-winning romance and fiction author of 40+ novels, including Charade, Rhythms, If I Could, and her new book, A House Divided

Author of Diamonds and Pearl, Black Lotus, Animal, Animal II, Animal III, The Fix and Ghetto Bastard

Omar Tyree
NY Times best-selling author of 20+ novels, including Fly Girl, What They Want, Sweet St. Louis and All Access

Brian W. Smith
Best-selling author of more than a dozen novels, including  Delusion of Inclusion, If These Trees Could Talk, and Nina's Got a Secret

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 weekendís 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.

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Be sure to save the date for the 2017 National Black Book Festival and "like" our Facebook page, if you have not already done so. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator