African-American Pavilion Heads to Los Angeles for BookExpo

BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world, provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, Black Interest Imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians and bookstore owners exposure to more than eighty thousand book buyers and booksellers from across the globe. Organizers of the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America are finalizing plans for the event to take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA May 30 – June 1, 2008. Now in its fifth year, the African American Pavilion at BEA is the marketplace for thousands of African American publishing industry professionals. Influential exhibitors and book buyers form a community of unprecedented strength. “The African American Pavilion is a growing presence at BEA,” says exhibitor C. Sunny Martin , CEO and Founder, Who’s Who Publishing and the 2007 African American Pavilion at BEA “Independent African American Publisher of Note.” “There will be great opportunities to learn, share, educate, sell and network and it’s making black book history a vital, visible part of the 107-year history of BookExpo America/American Booksellers Association.” “The response by the exhibitors and the book publishing industry to the 2007 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America was tremendous and powerful,” stated Pavilion co-founder Tony Rose. “The Pavilion hosted some of the giants in the African American Publishing Industry such as: Haki Madhubuti, Third World Press; Kassahun Checole, Africa World Press/Red Sea Press; Wade and Cheryl Hudson, Just Us Books; Wil Colom, Genesis Press; Zane, Strebor Books International/Simon and Schuster; Terrie Williams, The Stay Strong Foundation/Terrie Williams Agency; Carol Mackey, Black Expressions Book Club; Vickie Stringer, Triple Crown Publications; Harriette Cole, Harriette Cole Productions – Ebony Magazine; Max Rodriguez, The Harlem Book Fair / QBR The Black Book Review; and Ken Smikle, Black Issues Book Review.” The 5,000 square feet of exhibit space will showcase African American books, authors, products and publishers. In addition to the business opportunities the pavilion provides, festivities include: music, food and refreshments at all the events as The African American Pavilion celebrates its fifth year anniversary. The African American Pavilion and BookExpo America will present on opening day, A Fifth Year star studded gala celebration, Friday, May 30th at 9:00am, beginning with a ribbon cutting, celebrity speakers, and unveiling the art of Synthia SAINT JAMES throughout the pavilion. Sheridan Books, Inc. and Amber Communications Group, Inc. will sponsor The African American Pavilion Welcoming Reception, Friday, May 30, 3-5pm, In the African American Pavilion Main Staging Area, hosted by Heather Covington of and featuring authors, poets, speakers and booksignings including: Keynote Speaker, the eternal Terrie Williams, National Best-Selling Author, Founder and Youth Advocate, The Stay Strong Foundation and President, The Terrie Williams Agency, author of BLACK PAIN: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting; Max Rodriguez, Founder, The Harlem Book Fair and Publisher QBR The Black Book Review; Melody Guy, Senior Editor, Ballantine Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group and Publishing Director for One World, Ballantine’s multicultural imprint; Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes, Founding Artistic Director, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University (ASU), and National Best-Selling Author, Douglass’ Woman; Synthia SAINT JAMES, World renowned Artist and Author. Donna Hill, National Best-Selling Author, Wicked Ways, Rhythms, An Ordinary Woman, author of On the Line; Curt Matthews, CEO, Independent Publishers Group (IPG); Cevin Bryerman, Associate Publisher, Publishers Weekly; Pam Perry, Chief Visionary, Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc., The nation’s foremost experts in the African American Christian Public Relations market, and President of Chocolate Pages.; Dr. Philip S. Hart, National Best-Selling Author, Up In the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman and author of African Americans and The Future of New Orleans: Rebirth, Renewal & Rebuilding an American Dilemma; Kevin Wayne Johnson, Publisher, Writing for the Lord Ministries, author of the Give God the Glory! series of books; Steve Rosato, Director of Industry Development, BookExpo America. Special Appearance by Denise Nicholas

Ms. Denise Nicholas is an award-winning actress and writer. Ms. Nicholas has appeared in numerous films and television shows including, Room 222 (for which she earned Two Golden Globe Nominations) and In the Heat of the Night. She has received Two Emmy Awards for the PBS special, Voices of Our People: In Celebration of African American Poetry as well as Four NAACP Image Awards for her embodiment of work. Ms. Nicholas is also the National Best-Selling author of Freshwater Road. More speakers and performers TBA. The African American Pavilion Exhibitors Forum (Meet the Exhibitors) hosted by Renee Flagler of ASPICOMM Media and MC’d by Therez Fleetwood, author of The Afro-Centric Bride, featuring author Rachael Vassel, reading from her National Bestselling Book, Daughters of Men: Portraits of African American Woman and Their Fathers, will be held Saturday, May 31, 1-3pm in the African American Pavilion Main Staging Area and throughout the pavilion. Music, Food, refreshments, and performers, including poetry and author readings will be held. The African American Pavilion Reception and Awards Program, Saturday, May 31, 3-5pm, sponsored by Sheridan Books, Inc., Scholastic Inc., Oxford University Press, Amber Communications Group, Inc. and hosted by Heather Covington of will celebrate the achievements of these African American publishing professionals: The “Haki Madhubuti” Independent African American Publisher of the Year; Self Publisher of the Year; Christian Book Publisher of the Year; Bookstore of the Year; and Distributor of the Year. seven industry professionals will be honored with The Third Annual Glenn Thompson “Lifetime Achievement” Award, Toni Trent Parker “Author of the Year” Award, The James Haskins “Pioneer” Award, The Audre Lorde “Gamba Adisa” Award, The Chester B. Himes “Street Lit” Award, and The Octavia Butler “Distinctive Voice Writer and Publisher” Award. Keynote Speaker for the African American Pavilion Reception and Awards Program will be the tremendous George C. Fraser, National Best-Selling Author, Founder of FraserNet and the PowerNetworking Conference, author of CLICK: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships; ZANE, Publisher, Strebor Books International, LLC/Simon & Schuster, National Best-Selling Author of several New York Times Best-Selling titles including: Addicted, The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth, The Heat Seekers, Nervous, The Sisters of APF, Shame On It All, The Sex Chronicles 2 and Skyscrapers; Mary B. Morrison, New York Times and Essence National Best-Selling Author of Sweeter Than Honey, He’s Just a Friend, Some Bodies Gotta Be On Top, Never Again Once More, She Ain’t the One, When Somebody Loves You, and author as Honey B., of Sexcapades.

Cheryl D. Woodruff, President and Associate Publisher of SmileyBooks, the publishing co-venture between Tavis Smiley and Hay House, Founder and Former Associate Publisher of One World, Random House’s multi-cultural imprint where Ms. Woodruff published such authors as Bebe Moore Campbell, Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., and Connie Briscoe, upcoming authors being published this fall on SmileyBooks will be Iyanla Vanzant, Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley; and Judith Curr, Executive Vice President, Publisher and Founder of Atria Books a division of Simon and Schuster, Ms. Curr to date has published over 105 New York Times Best-Sellers, incuding THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne, the number one overall bestselling book in the United States. Dawn Davis, Vice President, Editorial Director, Armisted Press/Harper Collins and Pulitzer Prize Winning Editor, The Known World; Wade Hudson, President/CEO, Just Us Books, The nations largest African American Children’s Book Publisher; Darrell Miller, Miller and Pliakas, LLP, client list includes Angela Bassett, Courtney Vance, Outkast and Ludacris; Tonya Evans-Walls, Publisher, Legal Write Publications, author, Literary Law Guide For Authors; Dr. Kenneth Edelin, Publisher, Pond View Press, author of Broken Justice: A True Story of Race, Sex and Revenge In A Boston Courtroom. More speakers and performers TBA. This year The 2008 African American Pavilion at BookExpo America Glenn Thompson “Lifetime Achievement ” Award is being presented to two of America’s greatest literary and media giants:

Lerone Bennett Jr., author of the great and eternal National Best-Selling Book, Before The Mayflower: A History of Black America. His numerous titles include: What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., The Shaping of Black America, and Pioneers In Protest, Black Power U.S.A.. As one of America’s greatest historians and a prolific writer, he served on the staff of Ebony Magazine for over 50 years and is the former Executive Editor now Executive Editor Emeritus of Ebony Magazine. Mr. Bennett has received numerous honors and awards including the prestigious Literature Award of the Academy of Arts and Letters. He is an Alumnus of Morehouse College.

Tavis Smiley, the author of eleven books, including: The National Best-Seller What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America and editor of The New York Times #1 Best-Seller The Covenant with Black America. Mr. Smiley has been an outstanding advocate for change in America through his Tavis Smiley Presents, bringing people together through symposiums, seminars, forums and town hall meetings, The Tavis Smiley Talk Show, The Tavis Smiley Group, and The Tavis Smiley Foundation, which encourages, enlightens and empowers black youth. Mr. Smiley can also be heard twice weekly on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He has received numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees and is an Alumnus of Indiana University. Continuing a nearly 20-year tradition, Clara Villarosa, Director of the African American Program for Bookselling Professionals will set the pace with her pre-opening day Thursday luncheon / reception and a full day of workshops and panel discussions for all book industry professionals.

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