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  1. Leimert Park Village Book Fair
    Leimert Park Village Book Fair – Los Angeles, California
  2. Website: Leimert Park Village Book Fair
    Date: August 2020 – Dates to be Announced

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    The Leimert Park Village Book Fair was founded in 2006 by Cynthia E. Exum with the goal of promoting literacy and education in Los Angeles. The Leimert Park Village Book Fair was inspired by a project in February 1999 when Ms. Exum partnered with Our Authors Study Club, Inc. to present a ‘Festival of African American Authors’ at Los Angeles Southwest College. Its success in drawing 10 authors participating for an audience of 40 inspired the idea of creating an annual literary event.

    Today, the Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair attracts over 200 authors, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, performers, and literary/educational exhibitor participants – and boasts an audience of over 5,000. Since its inception the Leimert Park Village Book Fair has grown in popularity and prestige becoming a cultural tradition and premier summer literary event.

  3. Fall Into Fiction
    Fall Into Fiction – Emeryville, California
  4. Website: Fall Into Fiction
    Date: September 2020 – Dates to be Announced

    UCAAB was created as a way for African-American book clubs in California to network, support, and promote our reading groups, black-owned independent bookstores, and the authors we love to read. Many of us live, work, and meet in the same area; but, rarely do we get a chance to come together as ONE! UCAAB is our way of officially creating and sustaining a cohesive environment that celebrates each member’s (book club or individual) uniqueness, encourages community bonding, embraces fellowship, and supports the literary contributions of authors of African descent.

    One of the primary goals of UCAAB is to bring book lovers and authors together on the west coast. We accomplish this by hosting our annual Fall into Fiction literary event. This is just one of the ways we get the attention of publishers, so they will begin to include California on all of their authors' book tours.

  5. The High Desert Book Festival
    The High Desert Book Festival – Hesperia, California
  6. Website: The High Desert Book Festival
    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Our annual High Desert Book Festival is where authors and book lovers meet to celebrate the written word amidst Joshua Trees and Route 66.

    Wordsmith Productions presents its fifth annual High Desert Book Festival on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Hesperia Civic Plaza Park in Hesperia, California. The event is co-sponsored by Hesperia Recreation & Park District and the City of Hesperia. The 501c3 nonprofit is the recipient of a prestigious 2019 California Humanities For All Quick Grant for its project on Exploring the Literature of the California Desert. We are in the California Mojave High Desert, 90 minutes northeast of L.A., on the way to Las Vegas, and just 45 minutes from Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead.

  7. Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
    Rancho Mirage Writers Festival – Rancho Mirage, California
  8. Website: Rancho Mirage Writers Festival
    Dates: Friday, January 29, 2021 to Sunday, January 31, 2021

    The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival is a world class gathering of writers, thinkers, and people contributing to the intellectual vitality of our time — “Coachella for the brain.”

  9. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
    Los Angeles Times Festival of Books – Los Angeles, California
  10. Website: Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
    Dates: Saturday, April 23, 2022 to Sunday, April 24, 2022

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has evolved to include live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site. There’s also a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels on some of today’s hottest topics.

  11. Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
    Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival – Santa Monica, California
  12. Website: Yallwest Santa Monica Book Festival
    Dates: Friday, April 29, 2022 to Saturday, April 30, 2022

    Over 113 authors including New York Times Bestsellers along with local and acclaimed young adult and middle grade writers, plus notable Hollywood directors and creators.

    2 days of panels, book signings, food trucks, bad jokes, rock 'n' roll, killer photo ops & general geeky debauchery

  13. Black Writers On Tour
    Black Writers On Tour – Los Angeles, California
  14. Website: Black Writers On Tour
    Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 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.

  15. AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
    AfroSurreal Writers Workshop – Oakland, California
  16. Website: AfroSurreal Writers Workshop
    Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
    Time: 1 to 7 p.m.

    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.

  17. SCIBA Trade Show
    SCIBA Trade Show – Pomona, California
  18. Website: SCIBA Trade Show
    Dates: Friday, September 9, 2022 to Sunday, September 11, 2022

    The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association (SCIBA) is a non-profit trade association of independent booksellers, book wholesalers, publishers and other industry professionals located primarily in Southern California and Southern Nevada.

  19. Sacramento Black Book Fair
    Sacramento Black Book Fair – Sacramento, California
  20. Website: Sacramento Black Book Fair
    Dates: Sunday, September 11, 2022 to Monday, September 12, 2022

    This historic two-day book fair and celebration will include a panel discussion among our featured authors, book signings, talks by each of the featured writers, cultural & food vendors, book discussions with each writer listed in the program, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and much more

  21. Bay Area Book Festival
    Bay Area Book Festival – Berkeley, California
  22. Website: Bay Area Book Festival
    Dates: Saturday, May 6, 2023 to Sunday, May 7, 2023

    The Bay Area Book Festival is the primary project of the Foundation for the Future of Literature and Literacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in California. FFLL’s Tax ID number is 47-3955286. Its business address is 1569 Solano Ave. #635, Berkeley, CA 94707.

    FFLL is governed by a Board of Directors. Members include Cherilyn Parsons (Berkeley, CA), Peter Richardson (San Francisco, CA), Mal Warwick (Berkeley, CA), Brooke Warner (Berkeley, CA), and Igor Zagatsky (Berkeley, CA).

  23. Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
    Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend – Los Angeles, California
  24. Website: Go On Girl! Book Club Author Awards Weekend
    Dates: Saturday, May 20, 2023 to Tuesday, May 23, 2023

    The first Author Awards were presented in 1992 as a small event held in Brooklyn, New York to recognize those authors and publishers that made significant contributions in the writing and publication of quality books for and about people of African descent. That year we honored Gloria Naylor for Bailey’s Café and New Authors of the Year Barbara Neely for Blanche on the Lam and Barbara Summers for Nouvelle Soul. We gave a publishing award to Beacon Press for their work in publishing authors of color. We were delighted when they all showed up to accept their awards. That was the beginning of a GOG tradition. The annual Author Awards event has traveled the United States from east to west as well as outside the U.S. to Jamaica, West Indies and Toronto, Canada.

    Beginning in 1993, the one-night event became a three-day weekend where chapters meet and take care of business issues and celebrate the winning authors. It's also an opportunity for members to meet and reconnect with their literary sisters from all over the country.

    Each year winning authors are selected from our reading list based upon votes from each Go On Girl! Book Club chapter for Author of the Year and New Author of the Year. They are then invited to receive their awards in person at the annual Awards Ceremony. GOG members and guests have had the honor of awarding in person to Pearl Cleage, Bebe Moore Campbell, Walter Mosely, Jill Nelson, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Diane McKinney Whetstone, Lawrence Hill, Daniel Black, Isabel Wilkerson to name a few.

    This flagship event is one of the ways of expressing our deep authentic respect for Black literature and authors, reinvigorating our literary sisterhood, and providing a platform for new literary talent to emerge.