The Austin African-American Book Festival holds its 13th event on Saturday June 22, 9:30 am-5:00 pm at the George Washington Carver Library and Museum. 


Under the theme MAKING GOOD ON THE PROMISE OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM, the festival will highlight Black economic opportunity from the late 19th Century to those present-day millionaires who include celebrities, entrepreneurs and regular hard-working people.


DR. JULIET E.K. WALKER will discuss the history of Black business, the subject of her 2009 book. Professor Walker is the founder of the Center of Black Business, History, Entrepreneurship and Technology; her work is featured in the Smithsonian and she is completing a book on Oprah Winfrey for the Harvard Business School Press.


For those still working on their first million, CHERYL CREUZOT, MEREDITH MOORE CROSBY and DR. JANICE SUMLER-EDMOND discuss how to get your career moving in the right direction and how to grow your assets so they can work for you.


Author, trainer and consultant, DR. DENNIS KIMBRO, will share the success secrets of Black millionaires. Kimbro is a master trainer for the Napoleon Hill Foundation and recipient of the Dale Carnegie Personal Achievement Award,


A’LELIA BUNDLES, author and the great-great-granddaughter of Madame CJ Walker, America’s first Black millionaire, will discuss the legacy and lessons of her famous ancestor.


Start Up! Kids Club, an Austin nonprofit, will conduct an interactive workshop for kids/teens looking to start or develop their business. The festival will again offer a children’s story time, which includes free books and snacks. 


The festival continues to support the business of literature. Festival organizers invite new and emerging authors to have breakfast with Troy Johnson, the Founder, and Director of the nation’s largest African American online bookstore. Johnson will discuss self-publishing, marketing, and distribution.


This event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Since 2007, the Austin African American Book Festival has worked to promote empowerment through literature. We are a community event that brings readers and writers together and produces and facilitates collaboration, dialogue, creativity and activism.

PAST HIGHLIGHTS

TERRY MCMILLAN 2013 FEATURED AUTHOR

SISTER SOULJAH

2011 FEATURED AUTHOR

LEONARD PITTS

2010 FEATURED AUTHOR

​​2018 Paul Coates |  Victoria Christopher Murray | John Jennings | Evan Narcisse | Dr. Peniel Joseph | Don Tate | Dr. Mark Cunningham | Brooke Obie | Dexx Peay | Lori Aurelia Williams

2017 Dr. Peniel Joseph | Angie Thomas | April Sinclair | D. Watkins


​​2016 Sharon G. Flake | Reshonda Tate Billingsley | Saul Paul

2015 M. K. Asante | Beverly Jenkins | Dr. Kevin Cokely


​2014 Dr. Arnold Rampersad | Mississippi State Senator David L. Jordan | Dr. Peniel Joseph


2013 Terry McMillan | Anita Richmond Bunkley  

Dr. Michael Collins


2012 Bernice McFadden | Dr. Elizabeth Nunez


2011 Sister Souljah | Jawanza Kunjufu | Dr. Shirley Sprinkles | Dr. Tiffany Gill | Dr. Moe Anderson | Roslyn Story | Evelyn Palfrey


2010 Leonard Pitts | SaulPaul | Reverend Sterling Lands | Don Tate | Varian Johnson | Toni Tipton Martin


2009 Dr. Annette Gordon Reed | Carla Harris | Anita Richmond Bunkley


2008 Sam Greenlee | Francis Ray | Evelyn Palfrey


2007 ReShonda Tate Billingsly | San Culberson | Winston Williams

THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 SPONSORS

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The City of Austin is proud to comply with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request.  Please call 512-974-3914.

DEBORAH ROBERTS GALLERY

CONTACT US

info@aabookfest.com


PO Box 3313

Pflugerville Tx 78691