National Black Book Festival Press Release
October 3, 2017



HOUSTON, TX -- Double Emmy Award-winning actor and author, GregAlan Williams, is confirmed as a featured author at the 2017 National Black Book Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Williams is most recently known for his portrayal as the villainous, Robert "Mac" McCready, on OWN's hit drama series, Greenleaf, but is also known for a number of memorable roles across television (The Sopranos, The Game, The West Wing) and film (Remember the Titans, The Preacher’s Kid, Terminator Genysis). Williams' novel, Heart of a Woman, which was originally published in 2009, has recently been re-released in audio book format. This will be Williams’ debut as a featured author at the Festival and his appearance will be on Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 3:00 p.m.

Entertainment manager and author Mathew Knowles returns this year as a featured author. Knowles will sign his new release, Racism From the Eyes of a Child. He is best known for managing the career of his daughter, Beyonce, and the powerhouse girl group Destiny's Child, and his appearance will be on Saturday, Oct. 28 @ 1:00 p.m.

Other featured authors for 2017 NBBF include:

  • ReShonda Tate Billingsley - Author of 30+ Christian fiction novels and teen novels, whose book, Let the Church Say Amen, was adopted for a BET feature film. She is an NAACP Image Award winner for her book, Say Amen Again, and is co-founder of Brown Girls Books publishing company. Her latest release is Seeking Sarah.

  • Victoria Christopher Murray - Author of 20+ Christian fiction novels and teen novels. She is an NAACP Image Award winner for her book Stand Your Ground, and is co-founder of Brown Girls Books publishing company. Her latest release is Lust.

  • K'Wan - Best-selling urban fiction author of titles like Diamonds and Pearl, Black Lotus, Animal, Animal II, Animal III, The Fix and Ghetto Bastard

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

  • Shashicka Tyre-Hill - 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.

  • 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.

A FREE gospel/jazz concert will be held Friday, Oct. 27th at 6:00 p.m. featuring violinist Daniel D.

The National Black Book Festival is sponsored by a Houston-based company,, an online retail and marketing firm specializing in the book industry.

General admission is FREE to the public and includes all author exhibits, featured author sessions, workshops/seminars and entertainment. Special events (reception, breakfasts and/or lunch) where food is served require a ticket purchase. Tickets may be purchased online here:

All events take place at Fallbrook Church's Brook Sports facility, 12512 Walters Road in Houston. For more information, visit the Festival web site: or call the National Black Book Festival headquarters at 1-800-340-5454.

Gwen Richardson, National Coordinator



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