SEPTEMBER 2017 Edition

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

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Greetings from National Black Book Festival Headquarters:

Thank you for all of the calls and emails regarding the recent flooding in Houston. Although many in our city were affected, NBBF's headquarters, the NBBF venue, the host hotel, and the surrounding area were NOT affected. Eighty percent of the city of Houston is now completely back to normal, and 2017 NBBF will proceed as planned. Please continue to pray for those families that were affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

It's hard to believe that we're only a few weeks away from our 10th anniversary National Black Book Festival. 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. Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 3:00 p.m. We're also planning a special private event with GregAlan on Friday, Oct. 27th from 8 to 11 p.m. More details will be included in the next edition of NBBF News.

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. Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1:00 p.m.

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. Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 11:00 a.m.

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 participating. The Children's Festival will be absolutely FREE to the public. The Facebook event page for the Children's Festival is online here:

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 September so be sure to put down your 50% deposit soon to secure your spot at the standard rate. As of Sept. 8th, 82% of author tables are sold. Authors: Register online here.

Book clubs: Register 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.

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

Friday, Oct. 27 @ 4:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, Oct. 28 @ Noon

Donna Hill
Award-winning romance and fiction author of 40+ novels, including Charade, Rhythms, If I Could, and her new book, A House Divided
Saturday, Oct. 28 @ Noon

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


Saturday, Oct. 28
4:00 p.m.

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

Saturday, Oct. 28
2:00 p.m.

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

Friday, Oct. 27
@ 4:00 p.m.


A Shadowed Past by Sherry F. Hicks
Have you ever felt isolated and alone? Are you a people pleaser, responsible for other people and how they feel? Have you ever judged yourself harshly? Do you identify yourself as a victim? This is exactly what will happen if your dysfunctional past shapes your future. Do not allow your past to haunt your present. The emotional scars you carry into your adult life can inhibit your ability to move forward. When in this state of mind life seems so unfair, the hurt seems so real, the sadness clouds any potential for clarity and insight. A negative view of life seems the norm as you assume the role of the victim. It can be impossible to recognize any strength within you.

Every time you recall your past, you give it life again. All those unhealthy feelings will cause you to suffer from depression, and other destructive ill behaviors if you do not release them. They must be released in a healthy way, whether by writing poetry, or by seeing a therapist, the choice is yours, you must let them go! This book is a collection of poems that I wrote to express some painful points in my life. They are poems written from a victim who is now a survivor! I am sharing these moments in order to achieve personal growth and to help others to heal.

Available at Amazon here:

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. Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Gwen Richardson
NBBF National Coordinator