Oct. 22-24, 2015 - 8th Anniversary  ●  Fallbrook Church ● Houston, Texas

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Happy Holidays From National Black Book Festival Headquarters!

The 2014 National Black Book Festival is now behind us and it was a wonderful event! We had an impressive array of featured authors, as well as a broad spectrum of participating authors representing over a dozen literary genres. One of the highlights of this year's Festival was the Book Club Meet and Greet, which was a chance for authors to make pitches about their books directly to eight different book clubs simultaneously. Not only did the book club members get to hear about new authors, but the authors who participated experienced an immediate boost in their on-site book sales as a result. We plan to repeat the Book Club Meet and Greet for 2015, as well as add some additional features to benefit the authors and the attendees.

Registration for the 2015 NBBF is now open. The dates for next year are Oct. 22-24, 2015. The Early Bird Preferred registration for the 2015 NBBF ends on Sunday (Nov. 30th). A $50.00 deposit by Nov. 30th secures an author table and includes your photo on the NBBF website (free) and also inclusion in our promotional video next year. Final balance of $175 due by July 31, 2015. After Nov. 30th, the cost of a table increases by $25.00 and the photo on the web site costs $89.00. To register, visit the NBBF web site.

More details about 2015 NBBF are available on the web site and we will be announcing featured authors for next year as confirmations are received. Below are some photos from this year's Festival. More are available for viewing on the NBBF Facebook page.


Gwen Richardson


Gwen Richardson

Martha Kennerson

Gwen Richardson


Brenda Smith


Kyra Hicks

Robert L. Stevens



NBBF attendees browse author tables

Featured author/actor Eriq LaSalle with staff volunteer, Bernice Dickey

Five children's authors who participated at NBBF formed a coalition of Children's Authors of Color

Members of several book clubs listen to author presentations at the Book Club Meet and Greet

Sista2Sista Book Club was in the house at 2014 NBBF

Author Titi LaDette was the winner of the NBBF Spoken Word Poetry Slam and won a cash prize


Deflowered Lyric by J. J. Staples []

Deflowered Lyric exposes the harsh realities of childhood sexual abuse by focusing on three characters. Lyric is a child whose deflowering was discovered by a trusted adult. Readers learn through a series of riveting scenes how much pain sexual abuse can cause, how it thrives on false beliefs, and how it both creates and empowers survivors to begin a personal journey towards healing by breaking their silence.



Love Within Life: So You Want To Stop Violence by Jason Irby []

Love Within Life: So You Want to Stop Violence is the second book in a series, and presents situations, solutions and concepts expressed in the form of poems and short stories. The book discusses the subject of violence through alternatives and awareness of choices that avert violence with wellness and informed choices. Love Within Life delivers awesome, awakening, prolific, thought provoking, personal and unique perspectives of popular subjects.



The Adventures of Little Leroy: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by Pamela Jarmon Wade []

In this children's book by author Pamela Jarmon Wade, Little Leroy is introduced to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy as his family plans to attend the historic MLK Monument Dedication in Washington, D.C. The Quick Query on Dr. King at the end of the book initiates educational dialogue for children, which increases comprehension.



Awaken by Timothy George []

Thomas Jet is a successful investment banker from Chicago. His life is well ordered until his father dies, and he makes a promise to go on a fateful journey to a family reunion in South Carolina. After Thomas learns his fatherís real identity and his involvement with an ancient African secret society, he starts a quest for truth that will change his life forever.

Be sure to put the 201
5 National Black Book Festival on your calendar for next year and "like" our Facebook page, if you have not already done so. In the meantime, enjoy your holiday season and have a blessed and prosperous new year!

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator