​9:30 am
Musical Prelude with Procession of African Dancers and Drummers,
Native American Dancers & Buffalo Soldiers
10:00 am
Festival Kick off with Producer Cynthia E. Exum & Event Co-Chairs, 
Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey w/ Spotlight Authors
& Presentation of Joyce Sumbi Leadership Award –
California Black Librarian Caucus

Hosts: TV Personalities Albert Lawrence & Kendra Kabasele 
10:30 am
Musical Spotlight Performance
11:00 am
“Speaking Truth to Power through Writing”
USC Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law Jody Armour in Conversation with
Leila Steinberg, former manager of the late Tupac Shakur & Founder of Aim4TheHeart Microphone Sessions
Presented by Los Angeles Review of Books  
Jody Armour,  
(USC Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law)
• Leila Steinberg,
(Former manager of the late Tupac Shakur & Founder of Aim4TheHeart Microphone Sessions)
11:30 am
Greetings from Sponsors: Peter Jackson – City National Bank
Special Musical and spoken word performances from
Aim4TheHeart Microphone Sessions participants. 


12:00 Noon
​Actress, Comedian, Producer, Author and 2017 Book Fair Ambassador Kim Coles 
in Conversation with ​Kendra Kabasele


12:30 pm
“Mysteries and Thrillers R Us: Making Fiction Fun!”
• Gary Phillips,
(The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir)
• Tananarive Due,
(Ghost Summer)
• Pamela Samuels Young,
(Abuse of Discretion


1:00 pm
“Sci Fi Fantasy R Us: The Rise of Afrofuturism: From Octavia Butler to Black Panther”
•   Steve Barnes,
(Twelve Days)
•   Deborah Pratt,
 (Vision Quest Series)
•   Jodi Baker, 
(Between Lions Series) 
1:30 pm
Interlude Presentation:  Inglewood Guys and Dolls Western Dancers 


2:00 pm
“YOU - The Future of Publishing”
Boris Dralyuk
(Executive Director, Los Angeles Review of Books)
• Callie Siskel
(Author & Poetry Editor, Los Angeles Review of Books)
Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn (Moderator & Director, LARB/USC Publishing Workshop)
Co-hosted: The Los Angeles Review of Books & LA Wave Newspapers


3:00 pm
“Black Minds Matter”
Dr. Melina Abdullah
(Professor & Chair of Pan-African Studies @ CSULA)
Nana Gyamfi
(Professor, Dept. of Pan-African Studies @ CSULA)
• Jody Armour
(Moderator & Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law @ USC)
​ • King
(Poet Community Organizer – Aim4TheHeart & Black Star Liberation Party) 
​• Pete White
(Executive Director/Founder – Los Angeles Community Action Network) 
Presented by the Los Angeles Review of Books 
3:45 pm
Musical Interlude – Aim4TheHeart Microphone Sessions 2.0
“African American Legends in the Great Outdoors”
​Presentation of the 2017 Leimert Park Village Book Fair Legacy Award 
​Legacy Award Honoree:  American stage, television and film actor Glynn Turman
​Interviewer: TV Journalist and “Entertainment Tonight” co-host, Kevin Frazier


4:30 pm
A Discussion of Words n’ Rhymes
"Los Angeles' Leimert Park Poets: Using Language as Community Builder & Progressor"
• Elias Wondimu
(Publisher, TSEHAI Publishers)
 Peter Harris
(Arts Organizer; Author, The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My 'Unalienable Right)
• V. Kali
(Coordinator, Leimert Park World Stage Anansi Writers Workshop; Author, HYMN)
 Jerry Garcia
​(Poet, Photographer and Filmmaker; former President of Beyond Baroque’s board of trustees in Venice California)
• Conney Williams
​Poet, Author, Leaves of Spilled Spirit from an Untamed Poet; Artistic Director, The World Stage and Coordinator, Anansi Writers Workshop)
Nailah Porter
(Artist, Educator, Lawyer and Social Justice Activist)
Shonda Buchanan – Moderator 
(​Author, poet, educator and literary editor of Harriet Tubman Press)


5:30 pm
Spoken word by actor/poet Sheldon Bailey
​Nickelodeon’s "Ground Shakers" and author of 180 Degrees: A Book of Poems

Susan Burton Introduced by Cynthia E. Exum
(Becoming Ms. Burton:  From Prison to Recovery)


6:00 pm            
​Celebrating the Centennial of American Treasure & Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald w/ musical guests:

​Introductions:  Jeffrey Winston, Jazz Historian – California Jazz Foundation 
Eloise Laws - "Please Don't Talk about Me" and "Cry Me a River"
Elaine Gibbs - "The Very Thought of You" and "Secret Love"
Nicole "Velvet Voice" ​Simms- "Summertime"
​With The Harold Land, Jr. Quartet:
Harold Land, Jr. (piano), Nolan Shaheed (trumpet), John B. Williams (bass) & Leslie Daniels (drums)

Final Remarks and Acknowledgments