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A few weeks back, I teased you by mentioning just a couple of upcoming book events, namely this month’s Harlem Book Fair in New York (July 23) and the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta (July 29-31). I was able to recently get some feedback from some gracious readers that were thankful I’d listed these events so, this week, I’m going to provide you an expanded list of some of the major book events of the summer.

Now how’s that for customer service?

For those of you who have never been to a book fair, you really don’t know what you’re missing — not only are you surrounded by pages of knowledge, romance, history, celebrities, fantasy and culture, but also by a bunch of fun and interesting folks who want to socialize, chat, debate, laugh and bond with you before deciding which after-party you’re going to attend. These fairs are wonderful ways to expand your mind while having a whole ‘lotta fun.

Here are some of the major book events on tap for the summer:

Harlem Book Fair July 23 Harlem, NY

National Book Club Conference July 29-31 Atlanta, GA

Onyx Con 3 Arts Conference August 19-20 Atlanta, GA

Los Angeles Black Book Expo August 20 Los Angeles, CA

Decatur Book Festival September 2-4 Decatur, GA

Brooklyn Book Festival September 15-18 Brooklyn, NY

Baltimore Book Festival September 23-25 Baltimore, MD

National Book Festival September 24-25, Washington, DC

Make sure you check out the weekly book review below, courtesy of AALBC.

Last week, we gave props to the sisters, so I’ll leave you this week with five landmark fiction novels by African-American males.

Book Review of the Week

This week’s review from (the African American Literature Book Club) is 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today, edited by Gregory S. Parks and Matthew W. Hughey. Reviewed by Kam Williams, 12 Angry Men is a book of compelling accounts by a dozen brothers sharing their feelings on the ugly and routine practice of racial profiling by law enforcement.

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1) Native Son, Richard Wright

2) Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

3) Cane, Jean Toomer

4) Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin

5) The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Sam Greenlee

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is the founder of new media publishing company, Brand Nu Words and a senior vice president of the Jamestown Project, a think tank focusing on democracy. She can be contacted at


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