2016 Book Events – Fairs, Festivals, Conferences and More
To Add an Event to Our List: Simply share the event’s information on our African-American Literature Discussion Forum. Because of AALBC.com’s popularity, our forums are quickly indexed by search engines, which makes your event easy to find by readers of Black literature. We also select events from our forum to share with readers of our monthly eNewsletter. Also check out our Events Archives.
35 Events in Found our System
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: 1 to 7 p.m.
ONXCON is a convention, festival, and celebration.
We promote, showcase, educate, and entertain all fans of the Sequential Arts and related media. We EDUTAIN! We feature independent and legendary creators of comics, books, film, and other media with a focus on African Diaspora culture, concepts, interests, and general markets. Ultimately we represent diversity in these Arts and so we are open to representing all POPULAR ARTS that are CONSCIOUSLY DIVERSE! Our event is for everyone, and is a progressive and diverse networking event for professionals as well as enthusiasts who appreciate our showcase. Because comic books/comic strips have long stood as the foundation Art form of this type of convention, comics are a major feature. But ONYXCON IS NOT LIMITED TO COMIC BOOKS. Our events highlight other literary genres like speculative fiction, as well as video games, collectable toys and models, films/documentaries, and all other media related to the Popular Arts.
Hosted by: National Writers Union
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Lure new readers using proven techniques from nationally recognized literary trailblazer Troy Johnson.
- Defend your work by getting detailed information about protecting your copyright from Susan E. Davis, national contract advisor co-chair for the National Writers Union’s Book Division.
- Learn insider tactics for increasing your discoverability from Miral Sattar, Founder & CEO of Bibliocrunch, the online platform for authors that caught the attention of the BBC, Consumers Report, and Forbes.
- Multiple afternoon sessions designed offer 30-minutes consultations with Poets & Writers’ Bonnie Rose Marcus, President of Black Hawk Literary Agency LLC Jan L. Kardys, self-publishing guru Timothy Sheard, social media expert Jo Anne Meekins, Esther Cohen who will explain the advantages of nonprofit sponsorship (there are more than what many think), and professional graphic artist Lallan Schoenstein. You’ll get to talk to all of them.
All this will cost you less than a large box of chocolates. Plus you’ll get more than candy to eat. Conference fees include a continental breakfast, a delicious lunch from award-winning Comfort Foods, and a closing reception.
Provocateurs: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Photographers & Writers
Medgar Evers College, CUNY, Brooklyn, New York
Hosted by: Marcia E. Wilson (curator)
Dates: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 to Friday, April 29, 2016
Opening Reception: March 28, 2016 @ The Charles Evans Innis Memorial Library 1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Provocateurs: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Photographers & Writers Photography Group Show Featuring:
- Laylah Amatullah Barrayn,
- Thomas Sayers Ellis,
- Rachel Eliza Griffiths &
- Marcia E. Wilson
The purpose of the exhibit “Provocateurs” is to present the linkage writers of African descent and their photographer counterparts share in rendering the Black experience and historical narratives. Images are fine examples of how they can inspire words for a poem, be an spark for a novel, or serve as the visual interpetation for an essay. In a similar manner, words can influence the mood for a painting or a photograph. The use of the word “Provocateurs” serves the belief that both writers and photographers use their art form to evoke a visceral action or reaction in the minds of both readers and viewers.
Learn more about the Provocateurs: The Symbiotic Relationship Between Photographers & Writers on AALBC.com
An Afternoon of Poetry/Prose to Honor the Works Of Sonia Sanchez
Carnegie Library, Homewood Branch, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hosted by: United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh (UBBCP)
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Time: 2 to 5 p.m.
The Women Gather a Celebration of Women Voices: An afternoon of poetry/prose to honor the works of Sonia Sanchez
Bring your voices to the circle. Share your favorite Sonia Sanchez poem(s); or your own, inspired by the power of Black Women Voices. Join in Let Our Voices Be Heard. An afternoon of sharing, discussions, readings, fun activities. Light Lunch will be served.
Women’s History Month Literary Festival
MD State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, Baltimore, Maryland
Hosted by: Linda A. Duggins
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Three women writers discuss the intersection of place, time, and culture in literature and in the live of women. The conversation will be moderated by Linda A. Duggins, senior director of publicity, Grand Central Publishing.
Pamela Newkirk is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Nation. Her latest book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, was listed among the Best Books of 2015 by NPR and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She is the editor of Letters from Black America and A Love No Less: More than Two Centuries of African American Love Letters and the author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media which won the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism. She is professor of journalism and director of undergraduate studies at NYU's Carter Journalism Institute.
Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of two bestselling novels, Wench and Balm. The Washington Post called Balm the "perfect post-Charleston novel," and NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show picked it as a top summer read for 2015. Wench was chosen as a Top Ten Pick of the Month by "O, The Oprah Magazine," and NPR named it a top five book club pick of 2010. In 2011, Perkins-Valdez was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine.
Karin Tanabe is a former Politico reporter whose writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Newsday and the Washington Post. A graduate of Vassar, she is the author of The List, The Price of Inheritance and The Gilded Years. She has made frequent appearances as a celebrity and political expert on television.
Hosted by: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Dates: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 to Monday, March 21, 2016
The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The 22nd Annual Festival will be held March 16-20, 2016.
Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the fifty-six state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past twelve years. We have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Jan Karon, John Grisham, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright.
Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to a StoryFest day of children’s authors and storybook characters; from a panel on how to publish a novel to a discussion on running a book club to a workshop on bookbinding. All programs are open to the public; with the exception of a few ticketed events, programs are free of charge.
Hosted by: Shannon Holbrook, Veda Silva, Michele Simms-Burton, Rochelle Spencer, and Wandra Williams
Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 1 to 7 p.m.
Phone: 510) 637-0200
The AfroSurreal Writers Workshop supports writers of color creating weird, surreal, or absurdist art. We welcome participation and contributions from anyone interested in such works.
In the months ahead, we'll be hosting hosting a number of readings, a conference, and workshops about AfroSurrealism. We'll also be donating comic books and works of speculative fiction to the Prisoners Literature Project, based in Berkeley, California.
2016 AWP Conference & Bookfair
Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Dates: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 to Saturday, April 2, 2016
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Los Angeles in 2016 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
Hosted by: Center for Black Literature
Dates: Thursday, March 31, 2016 to Sunday, April 3, 2016
The 13th National Black Writers Conference will be held from March 31 to April 3, 2016, at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. The conference features panels, author readings, and roundtable discussions on the theme of “Writing Race; Embracing Difference.” The Honorary Chair is Rita Dove, former Poet Laureate of the U.S., and the conference will honor writers Edwidge Danticat, Michael Eric Dyson, Charles Johnson, and Woodie King Jr., founder and producing director of New Federal Theatre. The cost of the conference is $65 ($35 for students, faculty, and seniors). Registration is available online prior to the conference and on-site.
The Sistahs On Lit Book Festival
The Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, Sliver Spring, Maryland
Sistahs On Lit
Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sistahs On Lit was founded in 2012 as a promoting business for Author’s books. After meeting several authors, and making sure the readers knew about their work, Papaya began to enjoy her new craft. In 2013 Papaya met Cherita King, who is an avid reader along with her husband Charles, who has worked with various vendors and entrepreneurs, and together they hosted a Bottles & Books event with several national best selling authors, which was a success!! Now they have taken on new heights and now hosting their 3rd annual event into a festival in the newly developed Downtown Silver Spring area.
Hosted by: PEN America
Dates: Monday, April 25, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016
The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature animates New York City for a week each spring with a kaleidoscopic window into international literature and culture, inviting you to share ideas, find inspiration, and create dialogue and debate across cultural and national borders.
Founded by Salman Rushdie in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, PEN World Voices is the only international literary festival in the world with a human rights focus. It attracts the world’s best-known writers and has garnered broad global acclaim as one of the world’s premier literary events. Since its founding 12 years ago, PEN World Voices has presented more than 1,500 writers and artists from 110 countries, speaking 56 languages.
Hosted by: Dr. Rosie
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Purpose: To promote literacy awareness, to give exposure to African-American authors, writers, and to motivate, and develop aspiring new writers and authors. To showcase Black Businesses, provide exposure and to increase their sales.
Dayton Book Expo
David H. Ponitz Conference Center Sinclair Community College Great Hall – Building 12, Dayton , Ohio
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the seventh consecutive year, hundreds of book lovers will convene at the Dayton Book Expo. The all-day event includes panel discussions for aspiring authors, activities for children in the Kidz Zone and book signings! The event is free and open to the public.
The Bronx Book Fair
Bronx Library Center/New York Public Library, Bronx, New York
Hosted by: The fair is supported with a grant from the Bronx Council through the NY State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program
Dates: Saturday, May 7, 2016 to Sunday, May 8, 2016
The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting those literary artists to readers and booklovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading.
Hosted by: AALBC.com
Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The Black Pack Party is an annual gathering of publishing industry professionals. It is held during Book Expo America. The 2015 Black Pack Party was held May 27, 2015, in New York City. Previous parties were held in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.
Hosted by: BookExpo America
Dates: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 to Thursday, May 12, 2016
BookExpo America (BEA) is the leading book and author event for the North American publishing industry. It’s the best place to discover new titles and authors, conduct business and network, and learn the latest trends.
BEA is the largest gathering of booksellers, librarians, retailers, publishers, rights, licensing, and book industry professionals in North America.
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Dates: Thursday, May 19, 2016 to Sunday, May 22, 2016
The Anguilla Lit-Fest was conceptualized as a means of celebrating Anguilla’s literary heritage and is seen as a catalyst for visitor arrivals during the summer shoulder period. Visitors from the USA, Canada and The Caribbean are expected to be on island for the four- day event, which will feature a Welcome Cocktail, Breakfast and Lunch presentations, special sessions with the authors and fun-filled evening soirees. Participants will also be given a full day to create their personal Anguilla Experience or to reconnect with their individual creative muse.
Hosted by: Go On Girl! Book Club
Dates: Thursday, June 2, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016
Please join Go On Girl! Book Club as we host our 24th Annual Awards Weekend and celebrate 25 years of literary sisterhood at Loews Hotel New Orleans. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with your favorite authors and literary sisters from across the country.
The Go On Girl! Book Club is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization that supports authors of the Black African Diaspora by choosing one book per month for all club members to read. The Club reading list is formed twice a year. Members read a book each month, meet to discuss it, and then write the author of the book to express their opinions about the work.
Since our founding in 1991, more than 30 chapters have been organized across the country.
Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016
This historic 3-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among four featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each writer listed in the program (80+), children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more.
Dates: Friday, June 3, 2016 to Sunday, June 5, 2016
Hosted by: African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC)
Dates: Friday, June 10, 2016 to Sunday, June 12, 2016
The annual AAMBC Literary Awards was launched in 2009 in San Antonio, Texas by the founder. Smaller ceremonies were then hosted in the years following in Chicago as well as in Baltimore in adjacent to various literary events.
AAMBC which stands for African Americans on the Move Book Club was created in 2008. AAMBC caters to the unknown writer. AAMBC has worked with well over six hundred writers’ new, seasoned, and considered celebrity status. From first time writers to nationally known they have consistently set the tone to support and promote black writers.
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Austin African American Book Festival (AABF) is an event for the community to gain greater exposure to literature by and about African Americans.
AABF seeks to construct space for collaboration, dialogue, and creativity. Through dynamic keynote speakers, meaningful literary and popular culture conversations, our hope is to serve as a catalyst for expanded thinking, social activism, and positive purpose.
Hosted by: Max Rodriguez
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Harlem Book Fair was to create access to the transformative power of reading by celebrating, encouraging, and promoting literacy and literacy awareness through public programs, community participation, corporate partnerships and in-school programs that broaden and strengthen the vitality of the African American community. The Harlem Book Fair is the United State’s largest African-American book fair and the nation’s flagship Black literary event. Held annually in Harlem, NY, the Harlem Book Fair features exhibition booths, panel discussions, book sales, and workshops.
Hosted by: QRB The Black Book Review
Date: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This annual award, named for the first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work and literary advocacy that transcends culture, boundary, and perception.
Hosted by: National Book Club Conference Foundation
Dates: Friday, July 29, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016
Over the course of 13 years, some of the most famous and talented authors have been a part of what the NBCC calls “literary bliss”. Important to the NBCC, however, is to introduce new or lesser-known authors that have created stories that are entertaining, informative and important.
National Conference of African American Librarians
Grand Hyatt Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia
Dates: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 to Saturday, August 13, 2016
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.
Dates: Saturday, August 20, 2016 to Sunday, August 21, 2016
Multicultural nationwide festival of bloggers, journalists & social media mavens.
Brooklyn Book Festival
Various Venues, Brooklyn, New York
Hosted by: Brooklyn Book Festival, Inc. and Brooklyn Book Festival Literary Council
Dates: Monday, September 12, 2016 to Sunday, September 18, 2016
The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
BWABC Literacy Festival
Memphis Cook Convention Center, Memphis , Tennessee
Hosted by: The BWABC Literacy Association
Dates: Friday, September 16, 2016 to Saturday, September 17, 2016
BWABC Literacy Festival is an annual festival accepting and open to all regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion, age, marital status, or disability. Our mission is to promote literacy by connecting authors primarily with avid readers, book clubs, authors and publishers. It is held in September during National Literacy Month.
At the festival you can meet, engage and network with authors, book clubs and avid readers from across the nation, purchase books to support literacy, walk the book club ‘purple carpet,’participate in games, win door prizes, Children’s corner, attend book club panel discussions, enter essay contests to win a number of prizes and awards! It is a FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL AND FREE TO ALL!
Baltimore Book Festival
Venue TBD, Baltimore, Maryland
Dates: Friday, September 23, 2016 to Sunday, September 25, 2016
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a thoughtfully curated food, craft beer, and wine program.
The Cavalcade of Authors
Venue TBD, Chicago, Illinois
Hosted by: Marcro Marketing and Promotions Group
Dates: Friday, September 30, 2016 to Sunday, October 2, 2016
The Cavalcade of Authors is the ultimate event where readers and book clubs tour Chicago with their favorite authors. Join us for a weekend of private dinners, intimate chats, dancing, shopping, games, and so much more.
Hosted by: Sharon Lucas
Dates: Friday, October 14, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016
National Black Book Festival
Fallbrook Church / Gymnasium, Houston, Texas
Hosted by: Cushcity.com
Dates: Thursday, October 27, 2016 to Saturday, October 29, 2016
The National Black Book Festival (NBBF) is an annual event, sponsored by Cushcity.com, the world's largest African-American retailer online. The event attracts a wide array of authors, publishers, book clubs, libraries and individual readers from the Southwest U.S. and nationwide.