By Marc W. Polite
On Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 Delta Sigma Theta hosted their annual Black Book Fair. Held at Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy Charter High School in Brooklyn, this event lasted from 1pm to 6pm.
This year’s theme was “Owning Our Power! The Stories of Black Women in Politics” Present, were book vendors, and activities for young children. In addition to the book vendors available, there was a group discussion of “Island Beneath the Sea” by Isabel Allende.
Among the published authors present were T.C. Spellen, Jon Haggins, Joyce E. Anderson, Nerrissa Jenkins, Lloyd Hollis Crooks, Shailah Edmonds, Errol Shaw, and Deneen A. Connor.
Representing the Harlem Writers Guild, were myself, Gene Edwards, and Eartha Watts-Hicks, the author of Love Changes and A Planner is A Girl’s Best Friend.
On a rather cold Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, a good number of people ventured out to see what was available. The purpose was to expose the community to different types of literature. There were a lot of high school students there, venturing around to the different tables asking questions of the different authors.
During the course of the afternoon, there was an opportunity to connect with other authors and discover what else is coming up for those interested in future literacy related events. I learned of the forthcoming Independent Authors Book Experience, and will be looking more into this event as the time approaches.
All in all, the Black Book Fair 2019 was a good event.