The 2021 South Florida Book Festival presented virtually by the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) features a fantastic line-up of authors, speakers, renowned chefs, presenters and more. Enjoy book discussions, cooking demonstrations and much more.
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Author and Photographer Candacy Taylor will talk about her book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book, on the travel guide for African Americans circa 1936 -1966. This discussion will highlight equity and the importance of staying informed.

FRIDAY, JULY 16TH  |  6:00 PM  |  ONLINE

SoFloBookFest delivers a culinary experience featuring cookbook author Chef Irie Hugh Sinclair. “Chef Irie” hails from Jamaica and brings an international flair to the cuisine he demonstrates.

SATURDAY, JULY 17TH  |  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM  |  ONLINE

Authors in various genres with online presentations include
Caleb Azumah Nelson, Cherie Jones, Talia Hibbert and other contributors.

Special Guests in Person​ - Outdoors​

Desmond Meade - "Let My People Vote!"

Author and President of The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Desmond Meade  will discuss the recent passage of Amendment 4 which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions. He and his team will be on-site for a social justice discussion entitled “Let My People Vote.” The first 25 attendees will be invited to a VIP experience including a book signing, continental breakfast, photo op, and A at Desmond’s tour bus. Author, artist, songwriter and radio personality Stichiz will host the event. Attendees of a panel discussion on “Social Reform & Voting Rights” can meet Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott and staff to see a voting demo, learn about new laws and get registered to vote by bringing a Florida driver license or Florida ID card.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Outside Experience Invited to a VIP experience including, book signing, continental breakfast, photo op, and Q&A on his tour bus to the first 25 people. The Broward Supervisor of Elections will be onsite.

Children’s Panel
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Latanga Horne
Sorry Puppy, This is not your House

Kamiesha and Bianca Ukah
Binky the Mermaid 2
-Moderated by: Chancel Cooper with The Cool - Moms Club

Individual Panel
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Tony Bolden
Funk Poetics: New Directions in Black Literary Studies.

Individual Panel
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Caleb Azumah Nelson
Open Water
- Moderated by Billy Allen

Caribbean Women in Literature
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Cherie Jones - How the One-Armed Sister
Nicole Dennis Benn - Patsy
- Moderated by Dr. Ramona LaRoche

Social Reform & Voting Rights Panel
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Joe Scott - Elections Supervisor
Perry Busby - Voting Right Activist & Author

Romance Panel
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Talia Hibbert - Act Your Age, Eve Brown
with Danielle Allen, Vanessa Riley & Theresa Beharrie
- Moderated by Lauren Odom

Black Book Stores: Surviving & Thriving in The Digital Era Panel
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Akbar - Pyramid Books
Fequiere Vilsaint - Publisher, Author
- Moderated by Abayomi Manrique

This event is made possible by the support of