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2019 Keynote Speaker - Kwame Alexander, poet, educator and New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including Swing, Solo and Rebound. Kwame is also the 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch, the ...
Mary Monroe is a New York Times bestselling fiction author and the 2019 BARR Literary Icon. Her first novel, The Upper Room, was published in 1985. She is best known for her novel God Don't Like Ugly and the series revolved around the characters first introduced in this book. Mary was the first per...
Yona Deshommes ~ Associate Director of Publicity at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Shuster. Yona's area of expertise in publicity in the book publishing industry is the AA market. Her clients include Bishop TD Jakes, Zane, and Kevin Hart.
Troy Johnson ~ the founder and webmaster of AALBC.com (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in 1998, AALBC.com is now the largest and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by and about people of African descent.
Rochelle Alers ~ has been hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today’s most prolific and popular African American authors of romance and women’s fiction.
Brian W. Smith is the award winning, best selling author of more than a dozen novels and short stories. He has been awarded the Male Author of the Year award from multiple literary organizations and has had several novels land on prominent best sellers lists.
Earl Sewell is a national bestselling and award-winning author who has published over 20 novels in multiple genres.
Cheryl Barton, Author of 31 romance novels, 3 inspirational novels and more. She was a 2018 Finalist of the Literary Trailblazer of the Year award, given by the Author Legacy Awards.
The Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend (BARR)
October 4 and 5, 2019
Harborside Hotel 6400 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD
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