Harlem, NY (BlackNews.com) — The Harlem Book Fair (www.harlembookfair.com) has selected ‘Reading the World’ (#readingtheworld) as the theme for its 17th year celebration of Black writing and authors. Attended by over 20,000 readers and viewed by millions on C-Span’s BookTV, the Harlem Book Fair stands as the nation’s flagship African American literary event.
The Harlem Book Fair (HBF), the nations’ largest and most-respected African American book festival, is supported by Columbia University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the New York Public Library, Barnes & Noble, the national bookseller; and First Book, the social enterprise that distributes new books and educational resources to educators and program leaders serving children in need.
The presentation of the QBR Wheatley Book Awards will open the Harlem Book Fair on the evening of July 17th. This annual award, named for the first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work that ‘transcends culture, boundary, and perception’. The program blends awards presentations into an entertaining evening of music, letters, and stellar performances.
Wheatley Legacy proposed nominees include Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni and Edward P. Jones. Prizes in eight writing categories will be awarded – Debut Fiction and Non-fiction, Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction, Best Poetry, and Best Children’s and Young Adult Book. The Wheatley Book Award presentations will take place on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. The Wheatley Awards are open to industry professionals, independent authors and publishers, media, readers and the general public. To reserve seating for the QBR Wheatley Book Awards, visit the Harlem Book Fair website or EventBrite.com.
The Harlem Book Fair, an all-day indoor and outdoor festival, will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The outdoor festival takes place on West 135th Street from Lenox Avenue (6th Avenue) to Frederick Douglass, Jr. Boulevard (8th Avenue) in Harlem, New York.
The HBF will host five indoor venues, the Schomburg Center’s Hughes Auditorium, where our Author Talks are broadcast on C-Span’s BookTV; the Countee Cullen library, which hosts author discussions, and author and publishing-related workshops and seminars; the luminous gallery space of Harlem Hospital, which hosts Authors Readings and discussions; our single author readings, presented at the Barnes & Noble Reading Stations; and the outdoor HBF Author MainStage, which features Spoken Word poets, dance, music and other performances.
The Harlem Book Fair invites publishers, independent authors, book vendors, and artists to exhibit, promote and sell their work to its receptive audience. Applications are available online at www.harlembookfair.com. The Harlem Book Fair is a family event that is free and open to all.