Keynote speakers & Icons 2008 TO 2019
MARY MONROE ~ The first keynote speaker in 2008 and the BARR Literary Icon in 2019. From "Mama Ruby" to "Mrs. Wiggins".
BERNICE MCFADDEN ~ winner of the 2017 American Book Award and the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
RESHONDA TATE BILLINGLEY AND VICTORIA CHRISTOPHER MURRAY ~ National Bestselling authors have more than two million books in print.
KIMBERLA LAWSON ROBY ~New York Times Bestselling Author, Podcast Host, and Speaker, Kimberla Lawson Roby, has published 28 books.
LISA RENEE JOHNSON ~ entrepreneur, certified professional life coach, author, speaker, publisher and book club president.
KWAME ALEXANDER ~ Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times Bestselling author of 35 books and the recipient of numerous awards.
DONNA HILL, The first BARR "Literary Icon" award - has more than 70 published titles to her credit and is considered one of the early pioneers of the African American romance genre.
BARR ~ The Black Authors & Readers Rock Conference ~ is all about:
- Meeting & Mingling
- Promoting Authors
- Sharing & Caring
- Book Club Members
- Avid Readers
- And Excellence
Over the years we have brought our attendees the best of the best ... and we will continue that tradition in 2022.