March, 2006, National – BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world, provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, Black Interest Imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians and bookstore owners exposure to more than eighty thousand book buyers and booksellers from across the globe. Organizers of the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America are finalizing plans for the event, to take place at the John Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, May 31 – June 3, 2007.
Now in its fourth year, the African American Pavilion at BEA is the marketplace for thousands of African American publishing industry professionals. Influential exhibitors and book buyers form a community of unprecedented strength. “The African American Pavilion is a growing presence at BEA,” says exhibitor Wade Hudson, President of Just Us Books and the 2006 African American Pavilion “Haki Madhubuti” Independent Publisher of the Year. “There will be great opportunities to learn, share, educate, sell and network and it’s making black book history a vital, visible part of the 106-year history of BookExpo America/ American Booksellers Association.”
The 4,500 square feet of exhibit space will showcase African American books, authors, products and publishers. In addition to the business opportunities the pavilion provides, festivities include: music, food and refreshments. Amber Books, The Freeman Institute Black History Collection and City Diecutting, Inc. will sponsor a welcoming reception, June 1st, 3-5pm, featuring authors, poets, and speakers including: Keynote Speaker Haki Madhubuti, national best-selling author, Chairman and Publisher, Third World Press; W. Paul Coates, Founder and Director, Black Classic Press; Wade Hudson, President, Just Us Books; Kassahun Checole, President and Publisher, Africa World Press/Red Sea Press; Wil Colom and Niani Colom, Publisher and Associate Publisher, Genesis Press; C. Sunny Martin, Founder/CEO, Who’s Who Publishing CO., LLC; Terrie Williams, national best-selling author, President/CEO, The Terrie Williams Agency and The Stay Strong Foundation; Carol Mackey, Editor-In-Chief, Black Expressions Book Club; Harriette Cole, national best-selling author, Creative Director Ebony Magazine and President, Harriette Cole Productions; Will Horton, Publisher, Wisdom Books, Inc.; Dante Lee, national best-selling author, CEO Diversity City Media, Inc.; Kevin Wayne Johnson, Founder, Publisher, Author, Writing for the Lord Ministries Publications; Patrick M. Oliver, Founder, Say It Loud Youth; Daniel Grissom, national best-selling author and Andrew Jackson, Past President, Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Library. Pat Schroeder, Former Congresswoman, President and CEO, of the Association of American Publishers will give the opening day remarks. More speakers and performers TBA.
The African American Pavilion Reception and Awards program sponsored by Amber Communications Group, Inc., City Diecutting, Inc. and St. Martin’s Press (June 2nd, 3-5pm) will celebrate the achievements of these African American publishing professionals: The “Haki Madhubuti” Independent African American Publisher of the Year; Self Publisher of the Year; Christian Book Publisher of the Year; Bookstore of the Year; and Distributor of the Year. Three industry professionals will be honored with the second annual Glenn Thompson Lifetime Achievement Award, Toni Trent Parker Author of the Year Award and The James Haskins Pioneer Award.
Keynote Speaker for the African American reception and awards program will be Max Rodriguez, Founder of the Harlem Book Fair and Publisher of QBR: The Black Book Review. Other speakers include: Vickie Stringer, national best-selling author, Publisher, Triple Crown Publications; Relentless Aaron, national best-selling author, Founder, Publisher, Relentless Content, LLC; Karen Thomas, Executive Editor, Warner Books; Malaika Adero, Senior Editor, Atria Books; Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor, Publishers Weekly; Marcella Smith, Director, Small Press and Vendor Relations, Barnes and Noble; Lynette Velasco, President, Black Americans in Publishing; Heather Covington, national best-selling author, Literary Divas: The Top 100+ African American Women In Literature 2007 NAACP Image Award Finalist, CEO Disilgold Magazine; Sonia L. Booker, national best-selling author, Real Estate and Wealth: Investing in the American Dream; Renee Flagler, national best- selling author, President/CEO, Aspicomm Media; Kelly Starling Lyons, national best-selling author, One Million Men and Me; and Steve Rosato, Director of Industry Development, BookExpo America. More speakers and performers TBA.
Continuing a nearly 20-year tradition, Clara Villarosa and Emma Rodgers (Black Images Bookstore), Co- Directors of the African American Program for Bookselling Professionals will set the pace with their pre-opening day Thursday luncheon/reception and full day of workshops and panel discussions for all book industry professionals.
Licensing, distribution, and sales success stories have emerged from the roster of African American Pavilion exhibitors since 2004. Relentless Aaron, CEO of Relentless Content books, in a New York Times interview, credited his book publishing deal with St. Martin’s Press to his discovery as a publisher/exhibitor at the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America. While exhibiting in the Pavilion, Tony Rose, Publisher, ACGI met Japanese Publisher Hiroshi Sano of Transworld Japan, Inc. and made a multi- book Japanese language publishing deal.
The list of exhibitors expands each year and is growing rapidly for 2007. The 2004, 2005 and 2006 exhibitors included: African American Books On Tour; Africa World Press/Red Sea Press; African American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com); Afrikan World Book Distributors; Alight! New York Grit Books; Amber Communications Group Inc.; Aphesis Publishing; Arc Type Press; Austin Publishing; Barry Nix; The Beckham Publications Group Inc.; Blacast Entertainment/ Urbanbooksonline.com; Black Americans In Publishing; BlackBoard Entertainment Media Group; Black Issues Book Review; Black Print Publishing; Brooklyn Christian Center; Brown Erotic Publishing; C&B Books Distribution; Color Bridge, LLC; Delores Quinerly Press; FYOS; Genesis Press; Hilton Publishing; Just Like Me Books; Just Us Books, Inc.; K Harris Publishing, Inc.; Kaden Publishing; Kidding Around Entertainment; Lefall and Company; Kinship Press; Literally Speaking Press; Maria Falconer; Mirror- Gibbs Publishing; Nile Publishing; Nunes Productions; People Skills International; Power Play Media; Publishing Associates; Q-Boro Books; Relentless LLC; Ruby Burke; Silver Maple Publications; Strebor Books International; Third World Press; Triple Crown Publications; Urban Ministries; Walk Worthy Press; Who’s Who Publishing; W. James Richardson; Writing for the Lord Ministries..
The AAP/BEA associate committee is: Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc. / AAP/BEA Executive Director; Yvonne Rose, Associate Publisher, Amber Communications Group, Inc., / AAP/BEA Director; Troy Johnson, Founder of AALBC.com / Exhibitor Relations; Katura Hudson, Director, Just Us Books / Exhibitor and Media relations; Carol Rogers and Brenda Piper, C&B Book Distribution / Exhibitor Relations; Heather Covington, Disilgold.com / Director, On-line Promotions; Phil Andrews, PA Public Relations / Director of Publicity; Clara Villarosa, African American Book Selling Professionals / Special Events; and Brenda Wyche, Winning Strategies & Associates / Director, Marketing and Development, NYC Area
About the African American Pavilion @ Book Expo
The African American Publishers Pavilion was founded in 2004 by Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc.; Adrienne Ingrum, President, Adrienne Ingrum, LLC and Niani Colom, Associate Publisher, Genesis Press.
FOR EXHIBITING INFORMATION:
For exhibiting information please contact: Mike Carlucci at 203-840-5625 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tony Rose at 602-743-7211 or email email@example.com
Any questions thoughts or suggestions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Press contact: Phil Andrews, PA Public Relations – 718-380-2062 – email: email@example.com