The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center to Host Diverse, Dynamic South Florida Book Festival on July 26 and 27, 2013
- Meet authors from a wide range of literary genres along with special guest Earl "The Pearl" Monroe -

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DATE: June 6, 2013
MEDIA CONTACTS: Steve Vinik and Rinata White
PHONE: 954-357-6210

National best-selling African-American writers and two world-renowned basketball player are heading to Fort Lauderdale on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, 2013 for the South Florida Book Festival hosted by the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center(AARLCC), located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, and sponsored by the Urban League of Broward County, the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and Whole Foods Market.

Friday’s events begin with noted mystery writer Angela Henry conducting a workshop from to 2 to 4 p.m. on how to write mystery stories.There is a $10 fee for her event and only 20 seats are available. From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be an opportunity to meet featured South Florida Book Festival authors in a social setting at the library. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and live jazz, for a donation of $20, and tickets can be ordered on line via

Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is family day for the South Florida Book Festival at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Special guest, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe - a legendary basketball player with the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks - will talk about his book, Earl the Pearl: My Story. Known as much for his unorthodox, “playground” style of play as his championship pedigree, observers of Earl the Pearl said that “watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling free-floating improvisations.” Joining Earl the Pearl on stage is basketball star Tim Hardaway of the Miami Heat. 

The morning session of the book festival will feature Christian fiction authors S. James GuitardReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray. The theme of their talk is: “Scandalous: Meet the Villains, Heroes and Heroines of Contemporary African-American Fiction.”

The afternoon will feature Urban Fiction authors Wahida Clark and Mary "HoneyB" Morrison.

Clark created the "Thug Love Fiction" sub-genre of street lit. She was the first street lit author to write a series. She spent nine-and-a-half years in prison and was then released into a halfway house. She is now vice president of a non-profit organization called the Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Service, which is a re-entry program for convicts and ex-cons. She also runs a publishing company, Wahida Clark Presents (WCP) Publishing. Clark is a New York Times, USA Today and Essence bestselling author.

In 1999, Morrison, left her job with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to become a writer. She wrote and self-published her first novel, Soul Mates Dissipate, which quickly became an Essence' national bestseller. Morrison has also written a  self-help book entitled Who's Making Love, a book of poetry. Justice Just Us Just Me, and a number of fiction novels - more than 50 books in total. She lives in Oakland, California. 

"Women Writers of Haitian Descent" is another literary subgenre represented at the South Florida Book Festival. Authors will include Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, Mahalia SolagesMichele-Jessica Fievre and Joanne Hyppolite. Theodore-Pharel writes children’s books and short stories; Solages authors picture books and women’s fiction; Fievre writes mystery novels and children’s books in French; and Hyppolite is a museum curator in Miami and author of children’s novels and short stories. 

Also on Saturday--next door at the Urban League of Broward County at 560 N.W. 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311--there will be two additional programs. International educator and author A.K. Tosu will discuss his book, Proverbs of Alkebu-lan [Africa], which helps people learn life-empowering lessons taught through ancestral proverbs. Following that presentation is Jamaican author, editor and publisher Suzette Farquharson-Morgan, president of FarMor Group, Inc. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida and a master's degree in communication from the University of Central Florida. In 2002, she wrote her first book, Living Testimonies, which she self-published in 2005 through her company, FarMor Publishing. Four years later, the company became incorporated as FarMor Group, Inc. (FGI) and has released 10 books from local, national and international authors/poets. “Publishing a book is not as difficult as one may think,” she says. “There are many avenues and resources available to produce a quality product.”

This event has star power and enormous energy, and it promises to be fun and informative, with opportunities to get autographed copies of the featured authors’ books.

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