Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fw: The 15th Annual Harlem Book Fair is Here!



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Dear Book Lovers,

The weekend of July 19 - 20 marks the 15th anniversary of the Harlem Book Fair and we are asking you to join us for a most signature event. Along with our outdoor celebration of books, authors, and exhibitors, our author main stage, indoor author panel discussions, readings and workshops will offer surprising and engaging entertainment for every type of book lover.  We will celebrate theater, books to film, best selling authors and e-book workshops (I know you like to turn that page but trust when I say e-readers are seductive and here to stay. I have 5 two-hundred+ page books by my bed waiting to be read! How many do you have???) We can talk about it at the Harlem Book Fair.

Leading up to the book fair are the Friday night Wheatley Book Awards at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Featuring the music of Atiba Wilson and the Befo Quotet and the poetry of Sonia Sanchez, the Grammy Awards will have nothing on this event. If you love Sonia...if you have ever been touched by her work...please join her in receiving her award. You can preview our awards nominees now at

Here is your link to your reservation to the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards Program. Reserve seats now or forever hold your peace.

Does it sound like I am having fun? Does it sound like I am excited by the 15th Anniversary celebration of the Harlem Book Fair? I am. Books, Film, Authors, E-Books, Music, Poetry, Food, and Awards? File this one under Too Good to Miss.

Please set your calendars and pass the Word! Words People, this is our event and we are going to fill the house! See you in July!


Max Rodriguez
Founder, Harlem Book Fair

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Join Columbia University School of the Arts and C-SPAN's BookTV in the annual live broadcast of the 2013 Harlem Book Fair Panel Discussions. The author discussion, presented at the Schomburg Library for Research in Black Culture's Langston Hughes Auditorium, offer a stellar array of authors and topics. Mary Frances Berry, Anthea Butler, the Reverend James Forbe, Obrey Hendricks, Peniel Joseph, and many others will engage forward-reaching conversation on topics of race, religion, history, and the politics of blackness. Click here to read the full listing.


The Harlem Book Fair & the Wheatley Book Awards

Friday, July 19, 7 - 9pm; Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: West 135th Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevards.

Event Venues:

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at West 135th Street.

Countee Cullen Library, 104 West 136th Street (near Malcolm X Boulevard).

Be there!

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