SHARON G. FLAKES

Sharon writes about hope in hard places, about young people who encounter challenges but through perseverance, the help of good friends and the love of family and caring adults, learn just how wonderfully gifted, determined and capable they are.​

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SPONSORS

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

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS!
Carver Museum and Cultural Center
Austin Public Library
Humanities Texas
Houghton Miflin Harcourt
​Please note that there will be limited parking availability at the Carver Museum. Additional overflow parking is available at Carver Library and Kealing Middle School.

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF LITERARY EXCELLENCE!

2016 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Austin’s African American Book Festival will celebrate a decade of promoting literature by and about African Americans at the Carver Museum and Library on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 9:30 am – 4 pm. This year our keynote speaker is Sharon G. Flake, a nationally recognized young adult author of such books as The Skin I’m In, Bang! and Pinned. 

Festival organizers are excited to focus on young adult literature and how powerful it can be in the lives of young people. This year’s keynote address will be staged as the most exciting class you've ever attended, because learning and literature can and should be fun. This interactive event will feature literature, movement, music, and prizes. 

Flake is a high-energy speaker; she joins the list of distinguished artists who have helped us reach this decade milestone, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Leonard Pitts and Annette Gordon Reed, best-selling authors Terry McMillan and MK Asante, and historians Arnold Rampersad and Peniel Joseph.  

The festival is free and open to the public.