Los Angeles Black Book Expo 2009

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Empowering Community through Literature

The fifth annual Los Angeles Black Book Expo (LABBX) will be held Saturday, August 22, from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. in the Expo Center, 3980 Menlo Ave in Los Angeles. "Empowering Community Through Literature" is the Expo's theme.

The literary gala features lively panel discussions and workshops with topics such as publishing, urban lit, health, relationships, cultural issues, spirituality, creative writing and marketing tips for aspiring authors.

The Spoken Worlds includes poetry readings with an open mic and featured artists. For the second straight year, the Teen Poetry Fest contest will have participants competing for a grand prize. The Children's Literary Zone hosted by bestselling author Terry a O'Neal presents storytellers, arts and crafts and the first annual LABBX spelling bee.

Acclaimed author L.A. Banks, the 2008 Essence Literary Awards Storyteller of the Year and creator of The Vampire Huntress Legends Series leads a host of local and nationwide authors showcasing their books at the Expo.

Also scheduled to appear; Syndicated Columnist, author and radio host, Ask Deanna (Deanna M), Michael Datcher, Barbara Wright Sykes, Ivan Houston, Anthony Rucker, David Brown, Theresa Gonsalves (the original Billie Jean), with a host of other writers and poets in attendance.

General event information including author and exhibitor applications is available on the Expo's website. Interested participants may also call 323-718-5678.

Detailed information on all upcoming activities will be posted on the LABBX website. Volunteers are invited to assist Expo staff. In-kind donations will be accepted and are encouraged by the Expo staff.

A partial list of sponsors for LABBX 2009 include: Barnes and Noble at the Grove, KPFK 90.7, 93.5 THE BEAT FM.

General admission to the Los Angeles Black Book Expo is free.

The Expo Center is located at 3980 Menlo Avenue, L.A., CA 90037

About the Los Angeles Black Book Expo:

Touted as best Black book expo west of the Mississippi, the Los Angeles Black Book Expo originated in 2004 to celebrate the written word, promote literacy and to showcase new and established authors, storytellers, spoken word artists, children's book authors, emerging writers, publishers, booksellers, editors and book reviewers local and nationwide.


Charles Chatmon


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