CARVER MUSEUM & LIBRARY
1165 Angelina St
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
June 22 & 24, 2017
10:00AM AUTHOR SHOWCASE » CARVER LIBRARY
Emerging and established authors will discuss and read from their latest work. Facilitated by WILLIE SUE ANDERSON, KAZI 88.7.
11:00AM APRIL SINCLAIR » CARVER LIBRARY
APRIL SINCLAIR, will read and discuss Coffee Will Make You Black, her award-winning coming of age tale set in the Civil Rights Era. The novel was selected as the 1994 young adult book of the year by the American Library Association.
11:30AM CHILDREN’S YOGA » CARVER MUSEUM DANCE STUDIO
GenZ Yoga Instructor ALYSIA BAILEY leads children ages 7-15 in a fun and educational class of yoga poses. Experience how yoga can help clear and prepare your mind for the seeds of knowledge planted by the books you read.
Please note: Class limit is 20. Parents must stay with elementary aged children.
12:00PM D. WATKINS » CARVER LIBRARY
Educator and editor-at-large for Salon, D. WATKINS will discuss his books including The Cook Up: A Crack Memoir, this inspiring true story was a New York Times best-seller and an O Magazine best summer book. Watkins is also the author of The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black In America.
SATURDAY JUNE 24TH SCHEDULE
12:30PM CHILDREN’S STORY TIME » CARVER MUSEUM CLASSROOM
Gather in the museum to hear children’s authors read their latest works. Young attendees have a chance to win books. Healthy snacks provided.
1:30PM DR. PENIEL JOSEPH, KEYNOTE ADDRESS & SIGNING » CARVER MUSEUM THEATER
Festival keynote speaker, DR. PENIEL E. JOSEPH, is a renowned historian, professor, and founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. Author of such highly regarded works as Stokely: A Life, and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama,
Dr. Joseph's scholarship is largely focused on the area of “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses such interdisciplinary fields as Africana studies and political science. A frequent commentator on CSPAN, NPR, and PBS's NewsHour, Dr. Joseph’s keynote address is entitled "Black History, Literature, and Power in the Age of Black Lives Matter."
3:00PM LITERARY DISCUSSION: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO » CARVER LIBRARY
UT English professor DR. JENNIFER WILKS will lead the discourse around Raoul Peck’s critically acclaimed documentary I Am Not Your Negro, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript. The film covers race and race relations in America.
4:00PM POP CULTURE DISCUSSION: GET OUT » CARVER LIBRARY
DR. MARK CUNNINGHAM will facilitate a dialogue around writer/director Jordan Peele’s comic horror film Get Out. This record breaking, box-office smash deftly exposes many of the stereotypes and implicit biases that impact racial relations and impede societal progress.
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
2011 FEATURED AUTHOR
2010 FEATURED AUTHOR
TERRY MCMILLAN 2013 FEATURED AUTHOR
From Emmett Till to Jay-Z: Austin's African American Book Festival — Austin Culture Map
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Leonard Pitts stresses the importance of fatherhood at book fest — Austin American Statesman
Young adult author Flake to be keynoter at African American Book Fest — Austin American Statesman
Austin African American Book Festival Announces Theme, Guests — Austin Chronicle
Nine years and counting for Austin African-American Book Festival — Austin American Statesman
Black Lives Matter — Texas Book Festival
Rosalind Oliphant: A Legacy of Literature — soulciti
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This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.