Harlem Book Fair Saturday July 24, 2004 - 40,000 Will Attend Largest Event for Black Authors and Book Lovers - National Tour

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More than 40,000 African American Book Lovers Expected at 6th Annual Harlem Book Fair - Saturday July 24, 2004 - Free to the Public - First Stop in National Tour with over 150 Black Authors and 250 Exhibitors

More than 40,000 attendees and over 150 African American Authors are expected to convene in Harlem on Saturday July 24, 2004 from 12noon – 7:00pm at the 6th annual Harlem Book Fair. Participants confirmed by QBR to date include: Wheatley Book Award Recipients Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Chinua Achebe, Maryse Conde, Yusef Komanyakaa, Comedian Paul Mooney will perform, and the audience can also meet and greet authors J.L.King (Down Low Book), Ossie Davis, Rev. James Forbes, Dr. Rev. Arlene Churn, Michael Baisden, Juan Williams, Craig Seymour, Rebecca Carrol, Ray Winbush, Ilyasah Shabazz, Susan Fales-Hill, Robin Stone, Denise Campbell, Maryse Conde, Vickie Stringer, Margie Gosa Shivers, Adam McKibble, Colin Channer, Synthia St. James, Jemume Raome, Kenji Jasper, Nikki Turner, Lynnette Khalfani, Lois Center Shabazz, Pamela Osbey, Nina Foxx, Tia Wiliams, Darren Coleman, Crystal McCrary and Brenda L. Thomas.

The Harlem Book Fair, which is free to the public, will feature over 250 exhibit booths, four stages, celebrity authors, book selling, storytelling and a variety of musical entertainment that will run a two-block stretch on 135th street between 5th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. "It is the largest gathering of African American authors, book lovers and publishers in the country", notes it's founder, Max Rodriguez who is also the publisher of QBR: The Black Book Review. The program of activities will also include an opportunity for attendees to be a part of the studio audience for the author panel discussions that will take place at the Schomburg Center for Research and air live on C-Span’s Book TV.

A total of 15 free author panel discussions will take place during the day and cover topics ranging from the state of affairs of the Black church to a host of other topics where authors will discuss every day life issues facing Black America. Authors will offer their perspectives on relationships, health, finance, music, politics, street fiction, the state of black publishing as well as provide tips on how to become a successful self-published author.

This year the book fair will expand it's base to include a Christian Book and Soundstage Pavilion, where well-known and self-published authors of faith will be on-hand to meet and greet the audience and engage in up-close and personal discussion and book signings.

The Harlem book fair has teamed up with Legacy, a company who has spent more than 15 years creating and producing marketing concepts, public relations tools, special events and audience development strategies that have a particular focus on the African American and Christian community.

"We are pleased to work with Max Rodriguez and The Africana Literature Archives (TALA), the non-profit arm of the Harlem Book Fair. Their dedication and work in the promotion of the literary arts in Black culture is unprecedented. Reaching out to the Christian community of publishers, authors, retailers and the "Black Church" is yet another milestone in the history of the Harlem Book Fair," notes Reginald Miles, President of Legacy.

"We are in discussion with some of the most highly sought after Publishers and African American Christian Authors in the country. The Christian soundstage will feature major and independent label gospel artist with new releases, as well as presentations from authors throughout the day", notes Jane Best – Director of Marketing at Legacy.

Exhibit and Sponsorship space is still available. The Harlem Book Fair will also tour nationally in several cities. For further information and applications, please call Legacy at (718) 398-7334 or LegzPro@aol.com

Book club members, author enthusiasts, college students, or those who are simply interested in being a part of this exciting special event can volunteer by contacting Brook Stephenson at Brook@qbr.com. For your participation, you will receive the official Harlem Book Fair T-shirt and gift bag.

For all other concerns, visit http://www.qbr.com.

Contact: Ms. Jane Best – Marketing Director @ Legacy–LegzPro@aol.com or(718)398-7334

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