HARLEM, NY (June 2008) QBR The Black Book Review and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will present the 10th anniversary of the Harlem Book Fair on Saturday, July 19th on West 135th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (8th Avenue) in Harlem, NY from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The HBF/Young Readers Stage will feature New York’s most accomplished children and young adult book authors. The HBF’s Young Readers’ Pavilion will feature authors, storytellers, and beloved children’s characters like Bee the Reader. One of our featured readers will be 14-year-old Zykeya McLeod author of An Inner Child Speaks and creator of U Can Speak Up Campaign.
The Harlem Book Fair presents “Elements of Writing a Successful Children’s Book”, a panel discussion for independent authors writing for young readers. Featured on the panel are famed children’s book author Irene Smalls (Little Brown), Troy Johnson, Founder of AALBC.com, Eric Velasquez extraordinary illustrator of A Sweet Smell of Roses and I Matthew Henson, and Janet Hubert (original Aunt Viv from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). The Writing for the Young Adult (YA) Market panel is set to engage independent authors and present an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the experts directly following the discussion. For the youth, famed cartoonist Jerry Craft, creator of Mamasboyz, returns to demonstrate how to bring comic characters to life. The HBF’s Young Readers’ Pavilion was developed to appeal to our youth, changing the mentality that “reading is for punks.” READ A LITTLE AND RELATE TO THE WORLD.