Now in its seventh year, the African American Book Festival is an intergenerational event to promote literature, reading, writing and library usage within the African American community.

This year’s theme is I Am All of Them, They Are All of Me: The Brilliance and Resisliency of Black Letters

AABF takes places at the Carver Museum and Library. It is free and open to the public.


The Austin African American Book Festival works to promote empowerment through literature. The event is made possible through a collaboration of community partnerships.


George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Austin Public Library

Humanities Texa


Following the advice of her writing group, the Harlem's Writers Guild, Terry McMillan submitted her first novel Mama to a contest for Double Day. She won the contest, had her novel published and soon after landed a tenure track position teaching English at The University of Arizona.

It wasn't until her 3rd novel Waiting to Exhale that she rose to national prominence. The novel remained on the best seller list for months and because of its popularity was made into a movie starring Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston. The former journalist has sold millions of books and been a judge for the national book award.

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Dr. Michael Collins is an associate professor of English at Texas A&M University. His work has appeared in PMLA, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Callaloo and elsewhere.

He is the author of Understanding Ethridge Knight.


Anita Bunkley is an NAACP Image Award nominee and a member of the Texas Institue of Letters. She was voted one of the 50 favorite African American authors of the twentieth century by the on-line African American Literature Book Club.

Bunkley is a former teacher of English, French, and Spanish, and spent many hours in classrooms as part of Houston's Writers in the Schools Programs. She has mentored numerous budding authors to eventual publication.

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An exuberant return to the four unforgettable heroines of Waiting to Exhale--the novel that changed African American fiction forever.

In Getting to Happy, all four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another. They've exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.
Understanding Etheridge Knight introduces readers to a major — but understudied — American poet.
A Thousand Steps takes readers on a perilous quest into a dangerous land where freedom, truth, and love are hard fought, and hard won.

Set in 1855, A Thousand Steps tells the story of three women who risk everything for a chance at happiness.