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MahoganyBooks ~ the official bookseller for BARR.


The Author Expo will open both Friday and Saturday.

If you live in the DMV,  come on over after work, if you're traveling from out of town, we hope you will jumpstart your BARR Weekend by arriving on Thursday! You can tour the National Museum of AA History and Culture, shop at the Tanger Outlet Mall, visit National Harbor to enjoy Las Vegas-style gaming and entertainment at the MGM Grand or just rest. 

Thursday, October 3 

5 to 7 PM ~ Early Registration  

After 8 pm, please join us for a Meet & Greet during Jazz Night at the Harborside Hotel.


Friday, October 4 

10 to 11 am                          

Let’s Chat ~ Black Women Taking Care of “Her”

11:00 to Noon             

Sharing Tools for Success for “Her”

Regina Brown, Vision Planning Devotional Journal; Ti'Juana Gholson, Girl! What you Gonna do With your Money; Chaute Thompson, Brand New Me, Complemented, Completed and Whole


1 to 5 pm                      Author Expo Open  

4 to 5 pm                    

Book Club Meeting with Mary Monroe Discussion of Mary’s novel “One House Over” 

7 to 8 pm                     

“The Behind the Ghost Book Tour” With Dr. Catrina Pullum, Tamiya Davis, Asante McGee and Elizabeth Savage  

8 to 9 pm                     

“Grown Folk Talk” With  With Bestselling authors Brian W. Smith and BlaccTopp ~ Joan Vassar, Moderator 

9 to 11 pm                            

Reception & Party


Saturday, October 5 

9 am to 3 pm                

Author Expo Open 

9:00 am to 9:45 am     

Writing “for” Romance Readers 

Panelists Joan Vassar, Cheryl Barton, Haikeem Stokes, Victoria Kennedy ~ Moderator Latoya Smith

10:00 to 10:45 am      

If you don’t see the book you want ~ write it!

Panelists Brian W. Smith, Tracee Garner, Donna Gray- Banks ~ Moderator Yona Deshommes 

11:00 to 11:45 am       

Special Panel for Young Adult Guests

Panelists Steven Van Patten, J.B. Vample ~ Moderator Landis Lain

11 to 11:50 am            

Why Black Books Matter! ~ Panelists Yona Deshommes, Latoya Smith, Rochelle Alers, Troy Johnson ~ Moderator Ramunda Young

Noon ~Luncheon       




Presentation to Mary Monroe, The BARR 2019 Literary Icon, whose first novel, “The Upper Room” was published in 1985. 

Keynote Speaker Kwame Alexander ~ Poet, Educator, and NY Times Bestselling Author

Author Signings 

Thank you for coming!