Photo Albums of Events We’ve Participated, Covered, or Hosted
AALBC’s Troy Johnson gave a talk during the 13th Austin African American Book Festival on June 22, 2019. It was a terrific event!
AALBC’s Troy Johnson Joined the Rainbow Book Club VI on June 1, 2019. The club is located on the picturesque island of St. Thomas, USVI. We discussed the popular and critically acclaimed, Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston and Deborah G. Plant. The club’s founder, Colleen Wilson lead a lively discussion and hosted the meeting. Everyone provided a dish. It was a really lovely event, which was highlighted by an impromptu poetry reading by club member Alrick Elliott.
Black Pack Party 2019 – Wednesday, May 29, 2019 (60 photos)
The 2019 celebration was sponsored by Kwame Alexander and Versify Books.
The Black Pack Party is an annual gathering of publishing industry professionals. It is held during Book Expo America. This year’s venue, The Frying Pan, is a ½ mile walk, along the scenic Hudson River, from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
The Black Pack Party, now in its 13th year, is organized by AALBC.com, Linda Duggins, and One Book One Bronx.
I had the pleasure of attending the Mississippi Book Festival, which is held each August in the state's largest city, Jackson. I was able to see a wide variety of interesting authors including Jon Meacham, Rick Bragg, and the author of one of my favorite books, Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier.
Jackson is a city that is over 80% Black, so I expected to see a significant number of Black authors. While the number of Black authors showcased were in the minority numerically; there were plenty in attendance. I saw writers like; children's book author and actress, Quvenzhané Wallis; social justice activist, Janet Dewart Bell; former Editor in Chief of the NAACP’s flagship publication, The Crisis, Jabari Asim; and Jackson native and #1 New York Times Bestseller author, Angie Thomas. I even had dinner with award winning children’s book author and illustrator Don Tate. Indie authors were well represented too, and I captured video of a few including, K. Reshay and Regena Hoye.
Black Pack Party 2018 – Thursday, May 31, 2018 (38 photos)
The 2018 Black Pack Party was held May 30, 2018. It was co-hosted by AALBC, Linda Duggins, Mosaic Literary Magazine, and People of Color in Publishing. Photo Credit: Photos Widevision Photography
Black Pack Party 2015 – Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (17 photos)
The 9th Annual Black Pack Party, was held May 27, 2015
Held during BEA, the Black Pack Party is an annual celebration of book industry professionals, authors, and friends. The 2015 gathering was hosted by AALBC.com, BMP Connect, Linda A. Duggins, and Written Magazine.
Black Pack Party 2012 – Wednesday, June 6, 2012 (336 photos)
Book Industry Professionals and Authors gathered for the 6th Annual Black Pack Party at Harlem’s Iconic Restaurant Londel’s on June 6, 2012.
This year’s party was hosted by AALBC.com, Linda A. Duggins, MosaicBooks.com, Written Magazine, The Book Look.
Black Pack Party 2011 – Wednesday, May 25, 2011 (131 photos)
Book Industry Professionals and Authors gathered for the 6th Annual Black Pack Party at Harlem’s WXYZ Lounge, in the Aloft Hotel, in Harlem, New York on May 25, 2011.
The party was hosted by AALBC.com, Linda A. Duggins, MosaicBooks.com, Written Magazine, Rolling Out Magazine, and Technocolor Radio Show & Urban Literary Review
The 2009 National Book Club Conference was held July 31-Aug. 2 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The mission of the National Book Club Conference, founded by Curtis Bunn, is to create the world's largest book-club meeting once a year, to promote the value of reading and formulating book clubs among adults and in the nation's public school systems for the purposes of advancing literacy, broadening youths' minds and knowledge through reading and dialogue (read more).
AALBC.com Brownstone Gallery Hosted a fund raiser for Mosaic Literary Magazine on Sunday, June 7, from 2 – 5 p.m. We enjoyed some wine and food as we celebrated the spring and Mosaic Literary Magazine. Proceeds from the fund raiser benefited Mosaic Literary Magazine and its education programs. The celebrtion featuring Poet Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and the photography of Marcia E. Wilson’s Dripping Ink exhibit (read more).
Black Pack Party and BEA 2009 – Monday, June 1, 2009 (118 photos)
The Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival, took place November 7-9, 2008 at the Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua, West Indies. The Festival, begun in 2006, is a 3-day celebration of literary arts, with workshops, author readings, book signings and special events in a beautiful tropical setting. The festival features prominent Caribbean, U.S., British and Canadian authors as well as publicists and publishers. While the festival features many authors from the Caribbean Diaspora, it also includes noted writers in a broad range of genres from poetry, photography and non-fiction to performance arts and drama.