Programming for African-American Book Industry Professionals at BEA

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    This year's BookExpo America program for African-American book industry professionals, sponsored by the African-American Booksellers Committee, will be held on Thursday, May 31, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Registration for the program, which is open to all BEA attendees, is not required.

    Thursday May 31; The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

    Opening Session and Luncheon
    11:30 a.m.; Room 1E12 - 1E13

    Welcome: Clara Villarosa, Hue-Man Resources Harlem, New York
    Lunch Sponsor: Atria Books

    Author Presentations: Writing Outside of Your Comfort Zone, featuring Zane (nonfiction), Dear G-Spot; Nathan McCall (fiction), Them; Blair Underwood with Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes (mystery series), Casanegra. RSVP for luncheon to

    Keynote Address
    1:00 p.m.; Room 1E09
    Victoria Rowell, author of The Woman Who Raised Me (William Morrow Publishers)

    Workshop: A Conversation With Congressman Charlie Rangel
    2:15 p.m.
    Rangel is chairman of the U.S. House of Representative's Ways and Means Committee and author of And I Haven't Had a Bad Day Since (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's)

    Workshop, Who's Buying the Books?
    3:45 p.m.
    A panel of buyers of African-American books from Borders/Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Wal-Mart

    5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Room 1E12 - 1E13
    Sponsors: Amistad/HarperCollins; Ballantine Books/One World; Earl Cox and Associates; Hachette Book Group, USA; Harlem Moon; Ingram Book Company; Inner City Business Ventures; Kimani Press/Harlequin; Literally Speaking Publishing House; Moody Publishers; Simon & Schuster/Atria; and St. Martin's Press.

    For more information, contact Clara Villarosa at