Issue 19

For years, Indie Love Promotions has been one of the premiere events for the independent Black Romance Author experience, and this year’s event was no exception.

 

Reopening the event since the pandemic shutdown, Indie Love Promotions hosted their 7th annual literary event on June 25, 2022, in New Orleans, Louisiana, with the theme, “Growing & Glowing”.

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Issue 18

Last year was amazing, but this year, Me Time Book Club pulled out all the stops. When we say level up, this is how you do it. The Master of the Ceremony was the hilariously engaging Shon Robinson, who kept the festivities rolling from beginning to end. Music was provided by Tarious Hill on the guitar who serenaded the authors and readers all afternoon. Food was provided by Jimmy Johns, and did I mention bottomless mimosas? Allow me to rephrase that –FREE bottomless mimosas?

April 2022

2022 has seen the full swing return of in-person author events, and no one is showcasing that quite like Author and Publisher K. Renee. The K. Renee Experience is forging a new relationship between authors and readers. Instead of hosting an event in one city, The K. Renee Experience brings the book fair to a host of different cities, including Philadelphia, Miami, and Dallas. Intellectual Ink caught up with K. Renee about her Dallas book fair.

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Feb 2022

“Authors Coming Together” was the theme for this years’ 11th annual F.R.E.S.H Book Festival. It is befitting given the global COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the 2021 event to be canceled. The theme also has an expansive and more profound meaning of authors being able to band together to promote the fluidity of literary works and foster literacy.

 

F.R.E.S.H Book Festivals, which stands for Fiction, Romance, Erotica, Spiritual, and Health, is a three-day annual event that was held from January 6, 2022, through January 8, 2002, at the--Midtown Cultural & Educational Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, and included informative sessions, interviews, and opportunities for attendees to engage with authors.

Dec 2021

We’re back with another fantastic event to highlight! The mission—if I choose to accept it, and I have—is to shed light on all artistic events that shine a light on our ultra-talented pool of African American authors and creatives. This month, we are highlighting the literary event, The Urban Fiction Experience!

The Urban Fiction Experience 2021 kicked off this year on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Richmond Public Library in Richmond, Virginia, and was hosted by April Freeman.

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Sep 2021

On Saturday, July 31st, over a hundred attendees joined Alexandria House at the inaugural event, #TheHousePartyExperience in Houston, Texas. The literary experience featured some of the most impactful and influential novelists of Black romance literature, including Christina C. Jones, Alexandra Warren, Nicole Falls, Chenicia C. Higgins, W. Parks Brigham, Sabrina B. Scales, and Jessica N. Watkins. Through its first-year launch to take attendees on a journey of love and truth, the launch event provided a hands-on experience of the stories depicted in Alexandria House novels. This encouraged everyone to celebrate the value of Black indie romance literature in light of August is Read a Romance Month and Black Indie Author Day on August 21st.

Aug 2021

Welcome to Atlanta! 2021 gave birth to the re-opening of America, leaving many of us screaming –we outside! This year it was a pleasure to be outside again for one of Atlanta’s premiere book lovers’ events, the Atlanta Kickback. And the Intellectual Ink crew was there to capture it all. The Atlanta Kickback was held on Saturday, July 17, 2021, from eleven to four pm EST at the Georgia International Convention Center. The event is hosted annually by the 556 Book Chicks Book Club, Monika Mitchell aka Book Chick Monika, Tiffany Britt, and the late Benita Litmon, and the event is free to the public.

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July 2021

Who said you couldn't have fun virtually? Due to Covid-19, many book fairs and festivals were unable to host events in 2020. However, with the slow re-emergence into society this year, some book fairs hosted virtual online events. Though there have been some literary events in 2021, June 12th could only be described as the day the literary world opened back up.