Hill Headlines Harlem Book Fair

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The 4th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2006, at Kennedy Park, 335 Greenwich Street, in Hempstead, New York. Housed in a huge tent on the park grounds, the book fair will be a “rain or shine� family event. The book fair will open at noon on Saturday and will close at 6:00 p.m.

This community event is designed to promote literacy and literary endeavors on Long Island. It is also an opportunity for authors to encourage our youth and dialogue with the community. Nationally acclaimed author, Donna Hill, will be among the many noted African American and Hispanic authors available for book signing.
Donna Hill began her writing career as a romance writer back in 1987, and that was quite by accident. She was writing short “true confession� stories for the confession magazines, when she was convinced by the editor to try her hand at writing a book. Mind you, these short stories that she was spewing out every couple of weeks were no more than 10-15 pages in length. Her editor was talking in the hundreds! YIKES.
Needless to say, she took the challenge and the plunge and wrote her first novel ROOMS OF THE HEART which was published in 1990. Her second novel, INDESCRETIONS (1991) was the first African American romance to make a best seller list (Emerge Magazine 1991). [trust her there is much more to this story, even some sordid details–but she saved those for her in-person presentations].

Since the publication of her first novel, she currently has 24 novels in print and 16 novellas in an assortment of anthologies. In 2000 she was given the opportunity to write her first mainstream novel which became IF I COULD. Since then she's jumped right in the mainstream river and has been able to write about topics and issues that she could not fully explore in the romance novel.
There will also be panel discussions, readings, workshops, “open mike� sessions, multi-cultural music and dance, and a variety of merchandise and food vendors. For the young people, a Children’s Pavilion is set-aside for children’s book authors, readings, a face painter, storytellers and other fun activities. Admission to the book fair is free.

The Harlem Book Fair, established in 1999 by Max Rodriguez, publisher of QBR The Black Book Review, has been held annually, in Harlem. Due to the book fair’s success and Mr. Rodriguez’s continued efforts to bridge the literary world and urban communities, the Book Fair has established venues across the country. The first Harlem Book Fair on Long Island debuted in 2003, in suburban Freeport, NY. San Diego, CA debuted in 2004, followed by Roxbury, MA and Buffalo, NY, in 2005. Hartford, CT debuts September 23, 2006, and the year 2007 will herald the first Harlem Book Fair in Canada.

The hosts of the Harlem Book Fair on Long Island are: The African Atlantic Genealogical Society, QBR the Black Book Review, the African American Museum and the Village of Hempstead; with the support of Verizon and Astoria Federal Savings. Other organizations on the Planning Committee are the Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (CASA), Nassau Literacy and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Email us at: mailto:[email protected]


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