South Florida Book Festival

South Florida Book Festival


Saturday, July 20, 2019    
10:30 am - 5:00 pm


African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311

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Ready for an amazing weekend of authors, workshops, panel discussions and more? You’ll find it at the 2019 South Florida Book Festival, scheduled for July 19 and 20, 2019, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

The two-day event starts with Eat, Drink, Read: A Literary Culinary Experience on Friday, July 19th from 6:30-9:30PM. At this over-21, ticketed reception, attendees can sample special culinary selections, enjoy craft cocktails and meet featured Festival authors, celebrity chefs and presenters. Tickets are $40 and include food, cocktails, live entertainment, gated parking and a complimentary book of your choice from any of the 2019 South Florida Book Festival authors. Proceeds benefit The Friends of AARLCC, which sponsors programs for children and adults. Tickets are available at the door or online at Eventbrite.

On Saturday, July 20th from 10:30AM-5PM, everyone is invited to AARLCC for the 2019 South Florida Book Festival, a free day of authors, speakers, workshops, presentations, book signings, cooking demos and more. Scheduled authors and presenters include:

-MAHOGANY BROWNE, Brooklyn-based poet, author, activist and performer. She’s the publisher of Penmanship Books, curator of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday Night Slam, founder of the Women Writers of Color Reading Room and the director of Black Lives Matter at Pratt Institute.
VERONICA CERVERA, Cuban-born, award-winning blogger and author who published La cocina cubana de Vero (Vero’s Cuban Recipes) in 2015. Her recipes have appeared in Telemundo 51, Travel Curious Often and Nuestra Voz.
CHRISTINA PROENZA-COLES, author of American Founderswhich chronicles how black people developed and defended New World settlements, undermined slavery, and championed freedom throughout the hemisphere. She holds doctorates in sociology and history and is an assistant professor of the Atlantic World/African Diaspora at Virginia State University.
J.R. HARRIS, speaker, ex-NYC taxi driver, lifelong adventurer and author of Way Out There, Adventures of a Wilderness Trekker. In his 50+ years of trekking, he’s traveled – mostly alone – to some of the most remote places on the planet. He’s also the founder/president of JRH Marketing Services, the oldest African-American-owned marketing research/consulting company in the U.S.
DR. RANDAL JELKS, author of African Americans in the Furniture City: The Struggle for Civil Rights Struggle in Grand Rapids and Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography, which was awarded the 2013 Lillian Smith Book Award and the 2013 Literary Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Jelks is a professor of American Studies and African American Studies at the University of Kansas.
LEMUEL “LIFE” LAROCHE, author of Hidden Ripples: Life’s Unspoken Language and the founder/executive director of Chess and Community Conference, Inc., a nonprofit youth empowerment organization in Athens, Georgia. He fuses chess with conventional therapeutic methods to curb impulsive behavior among youth with delinquent pasts and is the subject The Griot, a documentary highlighting his work.
ERIN LOWRY, author of Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together and Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money. Her first book was named by MarketWatch as one of the best finance books of 2017. She’s appeared on CBS Sunday Morning,CNBC and Fox & Friends.
DR. A.J. NURIDDIN, health columnist for international newspaper Muslim Journal for over 30 years and the author of three books on health and nutrition. Dr. Nuriddin is a sought-after speaker throughout the US and Caribbean, the executive producer and host of a live, weekly TV program and the founder of Success By Health.
CHEF JUAN MONTIER, co-owner and executive chef of the catering and event décor company Chez Montier. Trained as an architect and interior designer, he brings a unique holistic approach to food presentation and has appeared on TV shows including The View and PBS’ Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy as well as on radio shows including The Steve Harvey Morning Show.

High-resolution images of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center; South Florida Book Festival 2019 featured authors; and of past South Florida Book Festivals, are available upon request.

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