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The 2019 BARR Book Seller.


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

9 am til noon - Relax Your Mind, Exercise Your Body, Feed Your Soul

Session I ~ 9 am ~ Meditation

Session II ~ 10:15 am ~ Zumba (low impact), and

Session III ~ 11 AM ~ "Caring for My Sister & Myself" with Pastor Bettye J. Watson

Lunch on Your Own

1 to 6 ~ Author Expo

1 to 3 - Workshops and panel discussions ~ Titles TBA

4 to 5 PM - Book Club Meeting with Mary Monroe  - we will discuss Ms. Monroe's book "One House Over"

Dinner on Your Own

7 to 8 PM The Behind the Ghost Tour This ground-breaking book tour features three new authors and their debut books which chronicle their transformational and inspirational journeys from tragedy to triumph.

8 to 9 PM - Grown Folk Talk with authors Brian W. Smith and Blacc Topp. 

9 to 11 PM - Reception & Party



9 to 3 ~ Author Expo and Signings

9 to 11 ~ Workshops & Panel Discussions

11 AM to Noon - Panel Discussion Navigating Change in the Publishing/Literary World with Yona Deshommes, Associate Director of Publicity at Atria Books, Troy Johnson, CEO of AALBC.com, LaToya Smith, an award-winning editor, and literary agent, and Rochelle Alers, award-winning Romance writer and moderated by Ramunda Young of Mahogany Books DC.


Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Kwame Alexander

Presentation of BARR 2019 Literary Icon Award to Mary Monroe