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CARVER MUSEUM & LIBRARY

1165 Angelina St

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

June 22 & 24, 2017

Discussions regarding the movies I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, based upon James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, and Jordan Peele’s blockbuster film GET OUT.

BLACK HISTORY, LITERATURE AND POWER IN THE AGE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER

ALSO FEATURING

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. 

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.

​​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

PAST HIGHLIGHTS

SISTER SOULJAH

2011 FEATURED AUTHOR

LEONARD PITTS

2010 FEATURED AUTHOR

TERRY MCMILLAN 2013 FEATURED AUTHOR

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.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS

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

CONTACT US

info@aabookfest.com


PO Box 3313

Pflugerville Tx 78691