Charlotte Book Fair

Highlights from the 3rd Annual CHARLOTTE BOOK FAIR

Saturday, OCTOBER 4, 2014 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

IMG_4233 This year’s Charlotte Book Fair was our biggest success to date. The annual event highlighted “The Joy of Reading” with national author Omar Tyree as our keynote speaker, and featured presentations from elites such as Levine Museum of the New South’s resident historian Tom Hanchett, Buffalo Soldier Henri LeGendre, a stage performance by On Q Productions and a jazz set by the esteemed Balrie Parks Ensemble.
IMG_4254 The Little Rock Cultural Center graciously hosted, with their beautiful campus allowing for several offerings on multiple stages, from the running film festival in the top-floor studio to the rock show in the outdoor pavilion. The expanded marketplace kept hundreds of attendees happy with books, jewelry, barbecue and sweet treats.

Charlotte media gave strong coverage, particularly Creative Loafing and V101.9′s Beatrice Thompson. And we saw an unprecedented number of professional and amateur authors take part in our #6WordsCharlotte writing challenge.

Next year, we hope to expand the festival to a 3-day event, with even more authors and programming.

In 2012, the Inaugural Charlotte Book Fair paid tribute to diversity of history, adventure, inspiration and promise in the community.

Each year presentations from international and local authors, artists, storytellers and community youth provide a day filled with eye-opening conversations, inspirational stories and art that expresses the soul of community. Each year we grow and promise to include a wider array of presentations, books, authors, storytellers, spoken word artists, workshops, performances, food vendors and merchants.

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#6WordsCharlotte writing challenge

A collection of 6-word stories from professional writers, amateur scribblers, fledgling poets and everyday geniuses, submitted for the 2014 Charlotte Book Fair, Oct. 4, 2014. At the book fair, a live dramatic reading by national author Omar Tyree, arts educator Rasheedah Hasan and newspaper editor Emiene Wright took place. Here, see what was read.
Everyone has stories, and when you share yours you hold up a mirror to the world that reflects the way you see it. Share your stories, for those who go years without seeing their own face. Share your stories; create your world.

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