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​2018 Book Fair Date Announcement: 
Saturday, August 25, 2018 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 

"The Great Black Migration"

2018 Book Fair Theme: 
"Celebrating Our Southern Roots" 

More than 6 million African Americans moved from the South to cities in the Northeast between 1915 and 1970. 

2018 Leimert Park Village Book Fair Ambassador

Kristi Eddy


​The Leimert Park Village Book Fair is happy to announce Kristi Eddy as the 2018 book fair ambassador. She is also the reigning Mrs. California-America, and previously wore the title of Mrs. Carson 2017. Eddy is the first African American Mrs. California to be selected as a semi-finalist at the Mrs. America Pageant. 

The beauty queen is the author of the children’s book, “Beauty Is,” (also available in Spanish, “Le Belleza Es”), which address the definition of beauty for children of young ages to understand. The 44-page book, complete with with illustrations, takes young readers on a journey to discover all the places where beauty is found, and unearath the secret of true beauty.

As a former bullied, special education student, Eddy prides herself on being the unconventional beauty queen that says “no” to beauty norms. She wants everyone to know that beauty is undefined.  And she hopes that her reign as Mrs. California will serve as inspiration for her students to reach beyond their wildest dreams, while emphasizing the importance of inner beauty and courage.

With more than a decade of experience in education, Eddy serves as an assistant principal at the Alliance Simon Technology Academy High School in Watts. She’s also a women’s health advocate, bringing awareness to infertility. In fact, she founded the Women’s Ovarian & Medical Education Network, a 501(c)( 3) non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing women’s reproductive health through education, advocacy and research.  

​2018 LPVBF Distinguished Lecturer


Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of 25 novels, more than a dozen of them becoming New York Times bestsellers, including  “Bad Men and Wicked Women,” “Finding Gideon,” “Blackbirds” “One Night,” “A Wanted Woman” and “Decadence” – just to name a few.  He is also the author of a six-issue miniseries of comic books for Marvel Enterprises, featuring X-men’s Storm and the Black Panther. His novel, “Naughty or Nice” has been optioned by Lionsgate Films.

The Memphis native specializes in urban fiction, and consistently makes the best sellers lists, including his latest New York Times bestselling novel, “Bad Men and Wicked Women,” an erotic romantic thriller, release April 2018. He also released its sexy prequel of star-crossed lust, titled “Before We Were Wicked.”

Dickey’s books have consistently held positions on national and regional bestseller lists, including Blackboard Bestsellers List, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He’s nabbed multiple nominations for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work. Dickey has made a name for himself as "one of the few kings of popular African-American fiction for women," according to the New York Times.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Joseph Jones Photography.