The inaugural New Orleans African American Book Festival is sponsored by Tanisca M. Wilson and Word Lovers Book & Literary Club. The bustling City of New Orleans is the cultural hub for writers, poets, authors, film-makers, and other literary word smiths.
General admission to the festival is free and open to the public and includes attendance to the African-American Literary Awards show that will be held from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in a different room at the festival site. The festival does not end until 5:00 p.m., so exhibitors should make every effort to stay until the festival ends.
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 Time: 10 a.m.-5 :00 p.m. Location: TBA
Early bird registration October 5th-February 5th $130.00
Regular registration February 6th-April 6th $165.00
Late registration April 7th-May 7th $225.00
a $50.00 deposit is required upon registration. Deposits are nonrefundable. You may register and pay here.
Exhibitor’s Set-up Information
Each exhibitor will have an uncovered table and two chairs. Bring books, pamphlets, cards, signs, and whatever decorations you have to set up a creative and eye-catching display. Set up time is from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. No one will be allowed o set up after this time so please arrive on time and have your table and books ready by 9:30 a.m.
Accepting Electronic Payments
Exhibitors may accept payments for book sales electronically, but they are responsible for their own WiFi Internet connection.
Two tables are reserved for authors who are unable to attend the New Orleans African Book Festival but would like to get the word out about their books. For the nominal fee of $25.00, you may ship a maximum of 10 books to be placed on an exhibitor’s table. The exhibitor’s table will be manned by a festival worker for the duration of the fair. Your name and the title of your book will be announced at strategic times during the festival so interested individuals can stop by the table to receive a complementary copy of your book. Within five days of the festival, you will receive a mailing list with names and email addresses of the people who received your book, so you can follow-up with them and build your readership. If you are interested in this opportunity, then email Ms. Diana Carey at email@example.com to discuss the details of shipping and payment.
Literary Awards Show
The African American Literary Awards show is sponsored by Word Lovers Book & Literary Club (WLBLC) to bring increased recognition to the hundreds of exemplary titles published each year by African-American authors. If you can bring an assistant with you to the festival, you are encouraged to do so while you attend the awards show. The show and the festival will occur simultaneously so please ensure that your table is manned if you attend the literary show. Winners need to be present to receive awards and those entries submitted will be considered.
Books released between January 1, 2016 and February 1, 2019 are eligible. Authors are to select the category in which the book(s) should be judged. Submission for more than one category is acceptable, but each requires a $30.00 entry fee per title, per category. For example, if you want your book considered for the best cover art award and for the outstanding fiction award, then the entry fee is $60.00 because it is two different categories. Similarly, if you want two different books considered for the same category, then your entry fee is still $60.00 because it is two different titles although the category is the same.
All books entered become the property of Word Lovers Book and Literary Club. Send one copy of your book for each category entered. The entry fee is due at the time the entry form is completed.
Biography Christian Fiction Fiction Cover Art
Short stories Children books Nonfiction Illustrations
Authors may mail books to:
Word Lovers Book & Literary Club
P.O. Box 740643
New Orleans, LA 70174
WLBLC do not accept erotica books or books with a high word count of profane words. Be sure your book has an entry form and paid registration before mailing.