MARCH 2017 Edition

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

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March Blessings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

Preparations for the 2017 National Black Book Festival, which will be our 10th anniversary, are well underway. 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.

Authors: Standard registration for the 2017 National Black Book Festival is now open and the deadline is May 31st. A deposit of only $100.00 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 $100 deposit to secure your spot at the standard rate. As of March 13th, 65% of author tables are sold. After May 31st, the late registration rate will apply and a 50% deposit will be required.
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.
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 is now available HERE.

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We have confirmed these additional featured authors for 2017, and more are on the way.


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

(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

K My Name Is Kendra by Kamichi Jackson

Fifteen-year-old Kendra James hasn't been feeling like herself lately. It isn't anything she can explain. And truth be told, it isn't anything her parents seem to want to hear. So she's left to fend for herself against the cloud of sadness that seems to have settled permanently above her head.

Life quickly begins to spiral out of control with the return of Kendra’s long-lost runaway sister Meisha and the visit of a young celebrity uncle with questionable intentions. Things take a particular turn for the worse when that uncle exploits Kendra's loneliness and untreated depression and makes a move on her that sends her world into a tailspin from which she's not sure she'll ever recover. Will she survive this tragedy...or will she hit rock-bottom before anyone even notices?

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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.

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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.

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator