What an experience…I made it through. The HARLEM BOOK FAIR was everything and nothing I expected. I was out there from 9am until a quarter to 6 and I was exhausted by days end. Due to the conservative nature of my books, I only sold 5 copies all day. On a lighter note (and it definately was a lighter note) My son Elijah sold over $225.00 in water, Gatorade and Sobe!!!! YEAH ELIJAH!!!!
What I found out was that there are thousands upon thousands of people writing and reading. The most powerful thing happening on Saturday was the networking. There were people from all over who would not ordinarily have the platform or the opportunity to meet one another. Aside from the heat, it was truly phenomenal. The networking was off the chain.
Here are a few of the people I ran into, as well as information for upcoming events that were handed out at the fair: THE WOMEN’S HEALTH SYMPOSIUM is Celebrating Harlem Weekfor Women 18 & up at Columbia University Faculty House located at 64 Morningside Drive, NY, NY 10027. The event will be held on Saturday, July 31st, 2010 from 8am-1pm. There will be celebrity appearances by Sherri Sheppard & Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma of Good Times). Registration is required, so be sure to register at www.betfoundation.org or by calling 866-356-7348.
Power Walking: A Journey to Wholeness by Maxine Bigby Cunningham deals with walking, wellness and healing through the Bible. Find out more by going to www.maxinebigbycunningham.com or by going to www.empoweredwalkingministries.blogspot.com.
REVOLUTION BOOKS/LIBROS REVOLUCIÓN is a book store at 146 West 26th Street(near 7th Avenue) is a book store that deals with what they term “scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary” Just their description of the store was enough to pull me in and is well worth looking into. You can do just that by going to www.revolutionbooksnyc.org.
For her debut novel, L. Marie Culbreath releases MOMMA AELIANA’S GIRLS a compelling story about a Portuguese Cape Verdean Migrant woman who’s husband, ‘Romando’ a Central American Indian from Honduras walked out leaving her with six girls to raise alone in the United States in the early 1970s. Momma vowed she and her daughters would be survivors. Amidst tragedies, her girls would grow up to be six of the most respectable, well-educated and beautifully groomed women. Her book, a different look into African American literature is available on www.publishamerica.com.
There were some phenomenal children’s books/authors as well. The one that struck me the most was Angelot Ndongmo author of Loving Me and Boy! Am I Loving Me! This wonderful author wrote children’s books for children of color instilling in them early the importance of self love. She reaffirms this love by celebrating their melanin and their hair. Great read for your children and an opportunity for you to teach them to embrace the difference in them and their counterparts. www.lovingme.ca
Pedro’s Visit to the Aquarium by Rasheedah Saleem-Muhammad is a much needed book giving audience for children of Autism and teaching those with it that they’re understood and teaching those without it more tolerance and acceptance. It focuses on Pedro’s erratic behavior and the decision his parents must make on whether they should send him on a trip to the aquarium. www.pedrosvisit.com
The fair also gave major information in the way of other fairs, like the African American Business to Business Exchange for Westchester & Rockland Counties. The event is next year, March 23rd & 24th, 2011. For details/information: 914-699-6279 or www.aaccnys.org
As far as me, I will be returning to the radio on next Saturday, giving information, lesson plans and things much needed for protecting your intellectual property. Tune in at www.blogtalkradio.com/mother-metaphor
I am also working on my 1st work of urban literature called: CLASH OF THE DRUG TITANS. I already have a following on Facebook for the story and I anticipate it being released by years end. ENAMORED: THE LOVE LETTERS is doing well as is LOCK, STOCK & SMOKING METAPHORS, but we still need one anothers support. Stay in touch…I know I will…
and don’t fret; this is my first installment on the fair…I will update you later on more…