Harlem Book Fair

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There will be appearances by Walter Mosely, Dominic Carter ("No Momma's Boy"), Amiri Baraka, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Omar Tyree, Zane and more.

QBR The Black Book Review will present the 9th annual Harlem Book Fair on Saturday, July 21st on West 135th Street between Lenox and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard in New York City from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The largest African American book event nationally, the Harlem Book Fair is designed to bring African American authors, poets, and performers together with the community they serve. Highlights of the Harlem Book Fair weekend will begin with the opening night Wheatley Book Awards program on Friday evening, July 20th, at the renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, honoring noted author, Walter Mosley, poet/activist, Amiri Baraka and children’s author Eloise Greenfield.

Saturday’s festivities include a host of authors displaying their talents along 135th Street such as NY1 News veteran newsman, Dominic Carter showcasing his new book “No Momma’s Boy” as well as a BBQ Jazz and Author Brunch with authors Zane and Omar Tyree, the State of African American Literacy address by former Congressman J. C. Watts, and the many performances and readings by authors, spoken word artists, musicians, storytellers, fiction and non-fiction writers, and children’s book authors. 

The HBF Panel Discussions, televised annually on C-SPAN’s Book TV, again promise to be provocative and engaging and the HBF Gospel Stage will feature exciting performance profiling a diverse selection of gospel tunes from gospel hip hop to gospel jazz all in support of the best in Christian fiction and nonfiction books. The book fair provides books and reading for all ages. The HBF Children’s’ Pavilion will feature authors, storytellers with special guest panelists Roscoe Orman better known as Gordon the dad from Sesame Street.   Sheron Umi Smith, mother of rapper/actor Mos Def will participate in a panel which focuses on the encouragement of reading among our youth.  Some beloved children’s characters like Bea the Reader and Clifford the Dog will also make an appearance.

The Harlem Book Fair will present best-selling authors, emerging writers, spoken word artists, and performers to an enthusiastic public community. A full-day program introducing diverse ideas and innovative forms of expression, the Harlem Book Fair is important for Harlem and the New York community. Awareness in reading, literacy, education and positive role modeling are just a few of the benefits of the Harlem Book Fair. 

For further information on the 9th Annual Harlem Book Fair, please visit www.qbr.com.

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