The 2019 South Florida Book Festival at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) will feature a fantastic line-up of authors, speakers, renowned chefs, presenters and more. Enjoy book​ ​discussions, talks and signings, free workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. Stay connected with

JULY 19, 2019  |  6:30PM  –  9:30PM EDT

21 & Over to attend. Upscale attire preferred with an R.S.V.P. required for entry.

Attendees will sample literary-inspired culinary selections, enjoy craft cocktails and wine and meet celebrity chef/cookbook authors.

Dr. A. J. Nuriddin
Author, Columnist, TV Producer/Host

Dr. Nuriddin has been a columnist on health matters for the international newspaper Muslim Journal for over thirty years. For twenty years, Dr. Nuriddin has been the executive producer/host of a live weekly call-in television program on Cable 8 TV aired in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Live streaming on Wednesdays at 7PM at Dr. Nuriddin is the author of three books on health and nutrition. He is the founder of Success By Health.

Dr. Nuriddin received his BA and MA in nutrition from the American Holistic College of Nutrition in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a PhD in holistic nutrition from the American Holistic College of Nutrition. His doctorate degree in naturopathy is from the Clayton School of Natural Healing in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Nuriddin is a sought-after speaker in mosques, churches and college campuses throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

Chef Juan Montier
Executive Chef, TV & Radio Personality, Author

Chef Juan Montier is Co-Owner and Executive Chef of the catering and event décor company Chez Montier, Inc. For Chef Juan, presentation and artistry is as important as flavor. With a background in architecture and interior design, he views cuisine through the eyes of a visual artist. He also sketches his dishes as part of his creative process and is the author of Designing the Gift of Food.

Chef Juan is no stranger to food TV. He has demonstrated his cooking acumen on ABC’s The View, WXIA’s Atlanta & CO, Atlanta Plugged In on CBS 46, and Real Moms, Real Stories, Real Savvy for PBS. He has also made radio appearances, including The Steve Harvey Morning Show and the V103 Morning Show.

Veronica Cervera
Author, Blogger

A lover of books, food and travel, Veronica Cervera started a blog of recipes in Spanish 10 years ago, where she shares recipes from all over the world. Her recipes appeared in Baby Center en Español, Telemundo 51, Travel Curious Often, and Nuestra Voz.

Cervera published a book of Cuban recipes, La Cocina Cubana De Vero(Vero’s Cuban Recipes) in 2015. In September 2013, she was selected a Top Blogger at LATISM, and her blog was one of the four finalists in the category of Best Food. She has been selected by NBC News for the 10 Latina Bloggers to Be Watching in 2016 and finalist of the Tecla Awards as a Top Food Creator in Hispanicize 2017.


Includes 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.

JULY 20, 2019  |  10:30AM  –  5:30PM EDT

10:45AM - 11:30AM
Dr. Mitch Spero

Florida the Turtle, Who Thinks He's a Dog, Finds His Feelings

Children's Workshop

11:45AM - 12:30PM
Perry Busby

The Hacks of Life

11:45AM - 12:45PM
Erin Lowry

Broke Millennial Takes on Investing, A Beginner's Guide to Leveling Up Your Money


11:45AM - 12:30PM
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren

A Court of Refuge, Stories from the Bench of America's First Mental Health Court


12:45PM - 1:30PM
Mahogany Browne

Woke Baby, For All the Littlest Progressives, Waking Up to Seize a New Day of Justice and Activism


12:45PM - 1:30PM
Lemuel LaRoche

Hidden Ripples, Life's Unspoken Language

1:45PM - 2:30PM
Dr. Randal Jelks

Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans, Ethel Waters, Mary Lou Williams, Eldridge Cleaver and Muhammad Ali


2:45PM - 3:30PM
Chef Juan Montier

Designing the Gift of Food


2:45PM - 3:30PM
Christina Proenza-Coles

American Founders


3:45PM - 4:30PM
Dr. A. J. Nuriddin

Help Yourself to Ultimate Health, Know the Causes, Symptoms and Solutions to Optimal Health

3:45PM - 4:30PM
Chef Veronica Cervera

La Cocina Cubana de Vero


3:45PM - 4:30PM
J. R. Harris

Way Out There, Adventures of a Wilderness Trekker


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