NOVEMBER 2017 Edition

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

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Greetings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

The 2017 National Black Book Festival was awesome! The featured authors were outstanding this year -- as always -- but so were all of the authors who participated and hailed from more than 25 different states. Besides the opportunity to network and sell books, the authors were able to take advantage of workshops, the Book Club Meet and Greet, and the Master Marketer Author Contest. There are several book clubs that make the National Black Book Festival a definite stop on their annual calendars, and they enjoyed meeting celebrity authors, newly published authors, and identifying new books to purchase and read. One attendee referred to the Festival as a "Book Reader's Heaven!"

We have already begun making preparations for the 2018 National Black Book Festival which will be our 11th anniversary. We're excited to announce that husband-and-wife writing team Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes will be featured authors next year. The following featured authors are already confirmed for 2018, and we will have several more to add to the roster:

Steven Barnes
Tananarive Due
Michelle Stimpson
Pamela Samuels Young
Victor McGlothin

Registration for the 201
8 National Black Book Festival is now open. Register by Nov. 30th and your photo will be included on the NBBF website at no charge. After Nov. 30th there is an $89 photo fee and the registration rate increases. Your final payment of $175.00 will not be due until July 31st. We often sell out of vendor space a month or two in advance of the event, so be sure to put down your $50 deposit to secure your spot and get the cheapest rate. Authors: Register 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.

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 will become part of all future Festivals. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27th from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, where 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. 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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Veteran authors Brian W. Smith, Omar Tyree, and ReShonda Tate Billingsley
share their wisdom with 2017 NBBF attendees

The Children's Festival was a new addition to this year's event and was a big hit. It will become an annual part of the National Black Book Festival.

Festival attendees enjoy the featured author sessions at the 2017 NBBF

Jazz violinist Daniel D performs for Festival attendees. He will return in 2018.


A Life of Turmoil: The Short Stories of Ana Franken 08150017 by Johanna Sparrow
It doesnít matter how fast or strong I get, Iíll never outrun her or be stronger than her. Mother is strong and has many lives. She keeps me as her servant and her bitch. Iím a mistake that she desperately tries to cover up. Mother would probably be ecstatic if I was a whore and a liar, but since Iím neither, she despises me. In time, youíll come to know why Iíve decided to tell the world my tumultuous story. I wouldnít recommend reliving an abusive past, but for the last forty-plus years, Iíve been living a lie. Daily, Iím finding broken pieces of myself scattered around because of how Mother and her sons shattered the real me.

Now, I must put myself back together. Iíve beat myself up for staying in their lives far too long; hoping theyíd eventually welcome, accept, and love me. But instead, Iíve continued to be used and abused. Iím often left with anger, rage, and thoughts of having their heads on a platter. Too much time has been wasted. I just want the world to know the true story of Ana Franken.

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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 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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Enjoy the above photos from this year's Festival and be sure to "like" our Facebook page, if you have not already done so. Happy Thanksgiving!

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator