An Awesome 2015 Lineup!

Dwayne Alexander Smith - author of Forty Acres and winner of the NAACP Image Awards 2015 Best Debut Novel and the Black Caucus American Library Assn 2015 Best First Novel

Valerie Wilson Wesley - author of the Tamara Hayle mystery series and the former executive editor of Essence will open our conference on Friday.

Earl Sewell has published more than 25 titles in multiple genres.

Ondrea Davis, in 2010, heeded the call to pen her inspirational true story "How Could My Husband be Gay"

Dionne Peart, when she isn't practicing law, devotes much of her time to writing, a passion she developed years ago and recently discovered again

Curtis Bunn is an Essence bestselling author of 5 novels and founder of the National Book Club Conference (NBCC).

Brian W. Smith, award winning, best selling author of 14 novels including "Deadbeat" and "If These Trees Could Talk"

K L Brady - it wasn't until her 40th birthday and an Oprah Live Your Best Life moment that she finally answered her calling and wrote her first novel "The Bum Magnet"

Cerece Rennie Murphy, fell in love with science fiction at the age of 7 - in 2011 she began writing her own sci fi story, which became Order of the Seers

Sylvia Brown-Roberts is the author of two Christian fiction novels: Behind Church Doors and Beyond Church Doors.

Nanette Buchanan has been a published author since 2007. Poetry is her first love, children's stories and now novels are part of her writing experience.

Trice Hickman - when one door closed Trice kicked another one open by turning an unexpected job layoff into her first novel "Unexpected Interruptions".

Donna Hill - Since 1987 Donna has written 16 short stories and over 30 novels. This year she is celebrating her 25th Anniversary as a Romance Writer.

Lutishia Lovely - Author of more than a dozen novels, including several which have been Romantic Times Booklovers Best Multi-Cultural finalists.

Evelyn Palfrey - author and writer of romantic suspense for the "marvelously mature".

Candy Jones, is a cosmetology teacher who loves to create poetry and short stories.

Shelly Ellis is an award winning women's fiction and romance author.

Loretta Woodward Veney wrote "Being My Mom's Mom" to document her journey with her mother, the first female in her family to suffer from dementia.

Eva Tremaine - writes across multiple genres. She recently completed her fourth novel "Betrayal Served Cold".

Sharita Phillip is an Author, Inspirational Speaker, ordained deacon and Founder/CEO of Dynamic Empowerment, LLC a life coaching business.

Natasha T. Brown - Author, Activist, and Award-winning Communicator

Frances Frost - Life in Spades is her debut novel.

Renee Daniel Flagler - Award winning writer, teaching artist, and award- nominated author of several novels.

LaQuette - Wife, Mother, Educator AND Author!

Karen D. Bradley - It was writing her first book that helped her cope with the death of her father.

Tracee Lydia Garner - Author of "Anchored Hearts"

Michelle Spady is the author/co-author of four self published books, including her debut novella "Enough Was Never Enough".

Austin Camacho - author extraordinaire of mysteries and thrillers!

Leslye Penelope's debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, won the 2014 Abalone Award for Best Fantasy, Futuristic or Paranormal novel.

LaDonna Smith Although she always had a passion for writing and would, as a child, get in trouble for staying up past bedtime writing, it was not until 2007 that she began to pen her first novel "I Married Satan".

RM Johnson has been writing for 20 years and is the award winning author of 22 books.

Special contributor - Orsayor Simmons, Founder of Book Referees, Award winning Book Reviewer and Blogger.

LaSheera Lee - Award winning blogger, event planner, host and producer of a blogtlakradio show, "Read You Later".

Priscilla "Cilla" Johnson - has served as the President and organizer of several book clubs and is currently organizer for the FB group, Cilla's Book Maniacs.

Alicia Evans, President of Sugar & Spice Book Club of NY, NY

Debra Owsley, Owner of Simply Said Accessories

Otis Taylor of Taylor Calendars

Star Rice and "It's All About Books" will be in the house with her wide variety of "literary themed" tees!

The Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend is an event which brings readers and authors together in an intimate setting. It is through partnerships like this that authors and other literary professionals are empowered to engage and enlighten readers and readers are empowered to show support for familiar and favorite authors and also embrace new and emerging authors.

This page is a work in progress so please check it often as the 2015 program developes.

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