Written by Literaryblast.com PR
On July 22, The 8th Annual Harlem Book Fair brought out publishers, authors, book lovers and sight seers from nationwide, and despite the clouds that opened up by mid-day to release a tumultuous downpour of heaven’s rain onto Harlem’s Black Opal streets on 135th Street from Lenox Ave to 7th Avenue.
Disilgod SOUL Magazine Editor, Heather Haliah Covington, hosted the literary celebrity studded stage event.
A bus load of tourists traveling with the Baltimore Black Heritage Tours from over 20 cities, did not mind the rain, and made for a safe haven in the Schomburg to attend some of the best panel discussions of the year. One of the key panels moderated by Ms. Cathy Hughes, chairwoman of Radio One was “The Black Media Roles, Responsibilities and Rights discussion” featured guests like Dick Gregory (Author, activist, athlete and comedian), Roland Martin (Executive Editor of the Chicago Daily Defender), Jill Nelson (Journalisr for NiaOnline),William Rhoden (award winning columnist), Reverend Al Sharpton (President of the National Action Network)and host of Sharp Talk, and Juan Williams,(Senior Correspondent of NPR).
The panel discussion according to attendees was dynamic, intense and powerful. C-Span Book TV filmed the panels which are traditionally aired several times post Harlem Book Fair on television to millions of watchers from all corners of the nation who eagerly tune in to see not only panel discussions, but C-Span’s footage of the Harlem Book Fair at a glance.The Harlem Book Fair received a grand kick-off by Carol Mackey, (Executive of Black Expressions Book Club) who invited viewers of CBS News to come out and visit the event which supports African- American literature.
Three reigning authors who signed copies at the Black Expressions Book Club booth were Wendy Williams(Drama is Her Middle Name), Omar Tyree (What They Want, and Miasha(Diary of a Mistress). Popular female authors like Anna J, Gloria Mallette, Donna Hill, Kashamba Williams, Crystal Lacy Winslow, and Karen E. Quinones Miller who celebrated her Satin Nights Book Release Party among literary peers thanks to Linda Duggins, co-founder of the Harlem Book Fair’s planning of fun events for authors are all time favorites. Book Release parties are becoming a prevalent social function of literary artists.
Just some of the vendors who attracted booklovers were AALBC.com, Hue-Man Bookstore,African Voices,Kidd World Media, C& B Book Distribution, Kidz “N” Culture,Joanne Skerret,Cooking with Katie, Inc,Kae Brown,Gloria Mallette,Diane Stafford,Vera M. Warlock,New Bein,Gullah Publishing Co,Vera M. Warlock,Poets and Writers,Macro Publishing,Amiayc Entertainment,Denise Coy,Kiah Entertainment,Just Us Books,Emmett L. Woods, Amber Communications Group, Inc., Xpressit Publications,Greene Bark Press Inc,Sam Gillian,Lawrence Johnson,MOME Publishing Inc,Two Black Bears Publications,Khamisi Group,The Ave Magazine LLC,Panic Tonic Ride, Relentless Aaron,Cave Canen,Educational Consulting,Center For Thanatology,Shawn Barratt,Twinz Publishing,Mocha Mind Communications,The Elevator Group,Flowers in Bloom,Amber Communnications Group Inc,Kaden Publishing,Urban Books,Daniel Jean,Tonia Byrd Lee,Precious Tymes Entertainment,Uptown Partners LLC,Noesis-3,Perseus Books Group,Perseus Books Group,Bernard Gassaway,DJ Coble,JonHod Publishing Co, Sweet BlackberryInfinite Possibilities Ent,Judy Powell,Rings of Jupiter,DAWORD,Diamond Girl Productions,William Small,Nove2Go Publishing,Raining Deer,Uplift Fragrances,Tears of Isis Books,Third World Press,A New Hope Publishing,Harlem Writers Guild,Melodrama Publishing,Ghetto Heat,New York Black Librarians Caucus,New York Public Library,Association of American Publishers,Black Expressions,Music Link, Inc,American Legacy Magazine,Gigi,RJ Communications and more.
One of the highlights of the Harlem Book Fair was the impressive guest list of authors on the main stage and Poetry Stage as well as the Children’s Stage. Just Us Books continues to be a leading children’s book publisher and fine example of a company leading the way to produce books of fine quality for black youth.My favorite moment was when I was joined by authors Miasha (Secret Society), Lynnette Khalfani (Zero Debt), Sonia Sanchez (Renown Poet), Dorothy Goins (A Woman Scorn’d), Tia Hines, Earl Cox (BooksthatClick) and BET spoken word artist and poet, Dashawn on stage amongst a full crowd that suddenly gathered to salute the Literary Divas as featured in Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature by Heather Haliah Covington.
Ms. Sonia Sanchez joined Heather Haliah Covington on stage who had signature bags that were of course, collector must haves for everyone.
Sonia Sanchez and Rosa Guy made a surprise appearance at the QBR Phillis Wheatley Awards held the day before at the renown Schomburg Center to salute award winning guests like Omar Tyree, Victoria Christopher Murray and Chester Hines.Harlem World Magazine served as the commemorative edition of the Harlem Book Fair with authors Kw’an, Hickson and Queen Pen on the cover and informative articles for tourists who will get to know many of today’s hottest authors.Hopefully, it will not rain on Harlem Book Fair Day in 2007. For those who endured, your presence is historically documented and etched in time. You made the Harlem Book Fair a success.