Schedule
9:30AM: Writers workshop: Perfecting Your Pitch – Carver Library
ReShonda Tate Billingsley, national bestselling author and CEO of Brown Girls Publishing, teach authors how to market writing. Best-selling author Michelle Stimpson, will also share insights from her book The 21-Day Publishing Plan: From First Draft to First Sale in Three Weeks or Less! 

10:30AM: ReShonda Tate Billingsley discusses her work 
(Author signing and chat at Noon)

10:30AM: Tribal Masks Workshop for Kids – Carver Museum
Artist Deborah Roberts will guide children 5-15 as they make and learn about tribal masks, which can be worn or enjoyed as a work of art. Traditionally, these masks were used to evoke and express emotion during storytelling.  All supplies provided. 

PLEASE NOTE: Class Limit is 25 students. Students arriving after 11:00a will be unable to start project. Parents must stay with elementary aged children. 

11:00AM: AABF Author Showcase – Carver Library
Authors will pitch their work to festival attendees. Prizes awarded for the best pitch. KAZI FM radio personality Willie Sue Anderson hosts this crowd-pleasing event.

Noon: Author Signings, Vendors Marketplace & Food Trucks
Support authors and vendors stationed throughout the library and museum. Hear stories, learn about famous African Americans, and participate in interactive projects. Don’t forget to buy lunch from one our local food trucks.

Noon: Children’s Storytime – Museum Gallery
Children’s authors, Tracey B Jones, Whitni Richardson, Le’Star Stoglin, Willie Sue Anderson and Chayla Cooper read from their latest books. These new family favorites will be available for purchase and signing immediately following the readings.

1:00PM: Sharon G. Flake, Keynote Address & Signing – Carver Museum
Austin favorite SaulPaul gets the reading party started with music and movement before award winning young adult author Sharon G. Flake takes the stage.  Flake, the author of Skin I’m In, Bang! and Unstoppable Octobia May, will engage tweens and teens with themes from her work where resilient young, gifted, Black people are at the narrative center. 

2:00PM: Literary discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This facilitated discussion considers MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates’ highly influential treatise to his son as well as reflect on what it means to be Black in America as we move forward as a nation.  

3:00PM: Community Discussion: Beyoncé’s Lemonade 
Join Dr. Alexis Maston to talk about superstar entertainer Beyoncé’s critically acclaimed and controversial visual album Lemonade from a cultural and artistic perspective. 
        
4:00PM: Festival Closes