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January 20-25, 2006

The American Library Association Midwinter will be held in January at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Get details by calling 1-800-545-2433 or going to

January 23-28, 2006

The Christian Booksellers Association will hold its 2006 Advance event in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. This is an opportunity for Christian retailers to attend training sessions, see new products and gain insight into the industry. Call 800-252-1950 or visit for more information.

January 21-29

The theme of the 17th annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities is "Community Crossroad--Traditional Villages and Urban Settings." Each year the event includes an art show, street festival, performances and panel discussions. For details on the 2006 event, call 407-647 3307 or visit

January 12

Walter Mosley was born on this day in 1952.


February 4

Go to the African American Children's Book Fair at the Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden Street. The festival is from 1- 3 p.m. For more information call 215-878-BOOK (2665).

February 5 & 6

Participate in the National Council of Teachers of English African American Read-In sponsored by the organization's Black Caucus. Schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, community and professional organizations are encouraged to make literacy a part of Black History Month by coordinating a read-in in their community. The read-in must feature books by African Americans and be conducted on one of the designated days. For more information, visit

February 18

Toni Morrison was born on this day in 1931.


March 9-12

Romance Slam Jam 2006 will be held in Shreveport, Louisiana. The event features workshops lead by published romance authors and a chance for fans to meet their favorite romance scribes. Visit for additional registration and hotel information. The registration fee is $225.

March 10-12, 2006

Reel Sisters present "Jump at de Sun: Exploring Zora Neale Hurston's Reel Life," a cinematic tribute featuring films by women filmmakers. Panels by authors, scholars and community leaders. Invited guests include Lucy Anne Hurston, author of Speak So You Can Speak Again. Long Island University's Media Arts Department, and or call 212-865-2982 or 718-488-1052.

March 11, 2006

West Coast readers and writers can check out Black Writers On Tour in Los Angeles at the Radisson Hotel at 6225 West Century Boulevard. The annual event includes seminars, a poetry jam, children's writing contest and signings. Call 323-750-3592 or e-mail: for more information.

March 26, 2006

Self-Published Authors Symposium Schomburg Research Center in Harlem. Contact Renee Flagler at 516642-5976, or visit,


April 8-15, 2006

Set sail with other book lovers for the Avid Readers Cruise to Hawaii. The cruise sails from Honolulu and will go to the islands of Hilo, Kawilliwili, Kau'l, Kona and Maul on the NCL Cruise Line Pride of America. The Avid Readers Cruise is an opportunity to meet authors on their islands. This trip begins with a book signing with Tracy Price Thompson in Honolulu. Readers will be able to discuss the books selected for the trip in the Literary Salons on board the ship. For details go to or call 630279-2911. Tickets for the cruise are: $1784.81 for an outside cabin, $2159.91 for a balcony cabin- double occupancy.

April 10-16

This is Young People's Poetry Week, sponsored by the Children's Book Council, the Academy of American Poets and The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Take some time this week to read poetry with kids or help a young person write their first verse. Materials for the week are available at

The Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers will be held during the last two weeks of April in Washington, D.C. The award honors excellence in fiction writing by students of African descent enrolled full time as undergraduate or graduate students in any college or university in the United States, It is given for the best previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt. Visit or call 301-683-2134 for more information.


May 18-21

Go to Washington, D.C. for the 1006 BookExpo America, the premier industry trade show and conference. The events target publishers, librarians, booksellers and rights professionals. The annual one-day writer's conference will be held May 17 from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Go to for details on the writers conference. Check out for information on the entire event.

May 20, 2006

Love a good mystery? Check out the 11th Annual Black Mystery Writers Conference and Awards Program, organized by the Friends of Chester Himes. The event will be held at the Oakland Museum of California (100 Oak Street, Oakland) and features panel discussions, keynote addresses and presentations from criminal justice and law enforcement officials. There is also a high-school student writing contest and a senior writing contest. Visit the organization's web site, or email for more information.

May 20-21

Celebrate poetry and prose at the 14th Annual Los Angeles Malcolm X Arts, Culture and Education Festival Literary Arts and Spoken Word Festival. The festival theme for 2006 is "The Power of the Word." The festival will be held at the Audubon Middle School & Gifted Magnet Center, 4120 11th Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Visit, e-mail, or call 323-864-2656 for more information


June 2-4

The Go On Girl! Award Weekend will be held in Tempe, Arizona at the Wyndham Buttes Resort. The event highlights the achievements of African American authors and brings together members of the Go On Girl! Book Clubs from across the country. For more information visit or call Linda DavisMorris at 312-407-0734.


July 16

Ida B. Welts-Barnett was born on this day in 1862.

July 16-22

The Hurston/Wright Writers' Week Workshop will be held at American University this year. The workshop, which has a section for high school students and adult writers, is the first multi-genre summer workshop for writers of African descent. The weeklong program includes classes and presentations by publishers, agents and writers. The tuition ranges between $450 - $1,100. The high school section introduces the basics of creative writing and is free to accepted students. Call 30]-683-2]34 or go to for more information.

Head to Harlem for the annual Harlem Book Fair and events. The Harlem Book Fair includes a book fair, the Wheatley Book Awards and an author brunch. Go to for details on the exact dates for 2006.

July 14-15

Check out the Black Writers Reunion and Conference in Dallas. Past events have included workshops with authors on plot, promotion, relationships with readers, literary law and managing your book signing. Check for more details.


August 2

James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924.

August 4-6

The 4th annual National Book Club Conference will be held at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta. Billed as the world's largest book club meeting, the conference features author talks, signings and ongoing literary discussions. Committed authors for 2006 include: Terry McMillan, Walter Mosley, J. California Cooper, Donna Hill, Tajuana (TJ) Butler, Nick Chiles and Denene Milner, Karen Quinones Miller, Mary Monroe, Nancey Flowers. Call 888-406-6222 or visit for more information.


September 16

Henry Louis Gates Jr was born on this day in 1950.

September 23-30

This is Banned Books Week, an opportunity to talk about book challenges and read authors whose work is often deemed controversial. Some authors whose work is most frequently challenged include Walter Dean Myers, Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison.

Spend four days honing your writing skills with Tina McElroy Ansa and other authors at the Sea Island Writers Retreats. The retreats take place on Sapelo Island, off the coast of Georgia. Participants attend workshops in fiction, nonfiction, memoir and editing. Call 912-638-4418 or e-mail: for details on the 2006 dates.


Atlantic Bookpost presents A Literary Retreat in Sedona, Arizona. Date, author and location information will be available closer to the event. Visit or call 630-279-2911 for details. The retreat is a chance for readers to meet authors, relax and discuss a variety of Black literature. Tickets are $239 and a deposit of $79 is required.

Join other literature lovers on board a cruise ship for the African American Book Club Summit. The book-themed cruise sets sail each October. Readers on this literary voyage can discuss books, share ideas and meet authors. Aspiring writers will have an opportunity to learn about self-publishing, marketing and the writing craft. Visit or call 866-875-1044 for details on the 2006 trip.

The Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference at Chicago State University is held each October and includes workshops, panel discussions and literary awards. The submission deadline for awards is in September. The conference has also included the Chicago Independent Book Festival. For the 2006 dates and conference itinerary, go to


November 13-19

This is Children's Book Week and is sponsored by the Children's Book Council. For materials on this theme, go to

November 30

Gordon Parks was born on this day in 1912.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Ceremony will be held the first week in November in New York City. The award is the first national award presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of black writers. This award, underwritten by Borders Books & Music, consists of prizes for the highest quality writing in the categories of Fiction, Debut Fiction, Nonfiction and Contemporary Fiction. For more information, visit or call 301-683-2134. Tickets for the event are $150-$250.

The Miami Book Fair International is held every year in November. This festival features a roster of multicultural writers. Authors at past events have included: Edwidge Danticat, Michael Thelwell, Donna Brazile, Tananarive Due, Percival Everett, bell hooks, Erica Simone Turnipseed, and Juan Williams. For information on the 2006 event, go to


December 26-January 1, 2006

Why not celebrate Kwanzaa by giving a literary gift to honor one or more of the seven principles? Or host a Kwanzaa gathering for families and read stories that illustrate the principles.

Did we miss your event? Send us the details to include in a future issue of the magazine, on our Web site or in the 2007 calendar. E-mail us at:, or mail the information to Black Issues Book Review, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1522, New York, NY 10118.
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