The Soulful Chicago Book Fair is a free, outdoor, celebration of literacy and literary arts found throughout the African Diaspora. This book fair is centers around African stories told through books, spoken word, art, and more. As well as having over 100 black authors in attendance, the book fair will also be host to workshops, special ceremonies, Grammy-level entertainment, food, and more.
The book fair is taking place Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10am-8pm on 61st Street from Cottage Grove to King Drive.
Eric Roberson: 2x Grammy-nominated, neo-soul artist, headlining the main stage at 6:30 pm.
10 am: Ceremony: Great Migration Procession: a ceremony to honor black migrants to Chicago.
10:30 am: Poem Recitation: Let the Elders Speak: Recitation of “Sacred Space” by Poetic Muralist C. Siddha Webber.
11 am: Timuel D. Black Essay Contest Winners
11:45 am: Workshop- 12 Steps to Write, Publish and Promote Your Children’s Book; hosted by Donna Beasley.
11:45 am: Workshop- Developing Dramatic Material for Black Children; hosted by Useni Perkins
12 pm: Theater Performance: Adaptation of the Novel Rutherford’s Travels, Middle Passage, by Charles Johnson; Pegasus Theater
12:35 pm: Soul Vocalist: J. Daphaney.
1 pm: Workshop: From Head to Pad; hosted by Bernard Turner
1 pm: New Author Awards
1 pm: Workshop: So You Want to Publish a Book; hosted by Constance Shabazz
1 pm: Puppet Show: The Pugley’s African American Puppet Family.
1:30 pm: Spoken Word Performance Ensemble: Kuumba Lynx
2 pm: Workshop: Exploring the Power Potential of Switch-Coding between Black Dialect & Standard English; hosted by Mama Edie
2:15 pm: Jazz Vocalist: Maggie Brown
3 pm: Ballroom Rock: Blah Blah Blah
3 pm: Storytelling & Spoken Word: #OurStoryCHI
3:45 pm: Deep Soulful House: DJ Duane Powell
5 pm: Hip Hop Jazz: David Boykin Trio
5:45 pm: Deep Soulful House: DJ Duane Powell
6:30 pm: Neo Soul: 2x Grammy-nominated Eric Roberson
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