The Sixth Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF)

Blue Nile Press, the Black Group, in conjunction with Community Sponsors, present the Sixth Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF), May 31-June 1 2019

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The Sixth Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair (SBBF) will include book signings, talks by each featured writer, cultural vendors, workshop sessions, a fun kids zone, a community parade, poetry readings, writers’ chat rooms; writers’ circles, and art displays. SBBF will feature more than twenty-five authors of African descent, showcasing and highlighting a diverse spectrum of authors and literature, from contemporary and historical fiction, to anthologies, poetry, academic books; children’s stories and books, non-fiction to biographies, self-help, and inspirational, and religious.

Opening panel, Friday, May 31, 7 PM, at the Guild Theater, focusing on the significance of the legacy of Black writers for people of African descent. Those on the panel include 2010 featured authors: Bill Fletcher Jr, Minerva Stewart, Isaac Serwanga, and Christene Brown.

SBBF headquarters check-in and general information will be located at the Women’s Civic Improvement Club/Center (WCIC), 3555 3rd Ave., Sacramento, CA 95817. Community members can pick-up a FREE SBBF Event Program @ WCIC-Saturday, June 1, from 9:00am-4:30pm.

Saturday, June 1st   begin the day with Books on Parade, a family-friendly short walk around the neighborhood.  The parade will assemble at 9:30AM at WCIC featuring the awesome, Natomas High School Nighthawk Band and Drum Corp. Community members are encouraged to bring books by Black authors for our Book Drive and deposit them at the WCIC registration desk. The walk will begin at 10:00AM, and end sharply at 10:30AM at the Kids Zone, located at the Brickhouse Art Gallery. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The Kids Zone: Children’s Fun & Literacy Area, will be located at the Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817 Saturday, June 1st 11:00AM-5:30PM. The Kids Zone will feature storytelling, reading, book give-a-ways, face painting, music, games, books, poetry, storytelling, computers, African drumming, bubbles and much more. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Free and open to all.


Bill Fletcher Jr. is a labor activist and scholar. A welder by training, he has worked for several labor unions, including the AFL-CIO, where he was on the senior staff of the national office, and has served as president of TransAfrica Forum.

Christene Brown is a renowned for her semi-autobiographical film “Another Planet”, and her novels: Two Women and Philomena Unloved.

Isaac Serwanga best-selling author, educational consultant, TEDx-featured motivational speaker and self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Uncle”, Isaac Serwanga’s professional speaking journey began in 2015 in Frist Campus Center, on the campus of Princeton University.

Minerva Stewart’s debut novel is about four sorority sisters who reunite years later to discover they have two things in common. One is their disastrous marriages and the other is their eternal bond of sisterhood, which they will need when their husbands do the unforgivable

Throughout the Day Saturday, June 1, 2019: Vendors, concurrent workshops and writers’ circles, occurring at all the venues. Consult the book fair program for times and locations for these activities.

Locations/Venues: The Women’s Civic Improvement Club/Center, The Brickhouse Art Gallery, Underground Books, the Guild Theater, and the historic Alpha Kappa Alpha House, 36th Street between Broadway and Third Avenue, all in the heart of historic Oak Park, Sacramento, CA.

2019 SBBF Planning Committee: Dr. David Covin; Georgia West, Barbara Range, Wendy Covin, Kareem Daniels, Adell Seibles, Larry Harris, Kakwasi Somadhi, and Faye Wilson Kennedy.

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