9:30 am
​Musical Prelude: Leimert Park Drummers
10:00 am
​Festival Kick off with Producer Cynthia E. Exum & Event Co-Chairs, Dr. Bernard W. and Shirley Kinsey
& Co-Chair Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
& Honored Guests and Spotlight Authors
& Presentation of CBLC Award
Mistress of Ceremony:
Barbara Perkins, Executive Life Coach, Author & Speaker, “Betrayal

​Barbara A. Perkins has been an Executive Life Coach in private practice since January, 2000. Her background includes, leadership in higher education administration and instruction, as well as more than two decades as a leader in nonprofit management. She is a well-known inspirational speaker, author of several books, including her most recent, Betrayal. She has gained numerous awards and recognition for her work on national, state and local boards of directors. We are honored to call her a friend of the book fair!
10:30 am
​Spotlight Performance by 
Inner City Cultural Youth Orchestra
Musical Director: Charles Dickerson
11:00 am
​Iconoclast Interview with Music Legend Charles Wright and Film Maker Matty Rich, author of BEV
11:30 am
In Conversation with Book Fair Ambassadors:
DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good – The Wait
Q&A by:  Carla Renata, Member of African American Film Critics Assoc.(AAFCA)
12:00 Noon
AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: “Mysteries & Thrillers R Us”
•   Pamela Samuels Young
•   Gary Phillips​
•   ​Tananarive Due
​•   Steve Barnes
12:30 pm
New York Best Selling Author & Film Producer ZANE!
Q&A by:  Juliana Norwood, Editor-in-Chief, Our Weekly Newspaper
1:15 pm
 Afternoon Greeting & Acknowledgement of Sponsors & Supporters
1:30 pm
“Are We Better Off Today? The Issue of Race, Obama & the African American Community” 
  • Dr. Julianne Malveaux – Are We Better Off?
  • April Ryan – The Presidency in Black and White
  • Erin Aubry Kaplan - I Heart Obama
Moderator: Dominique DiPrima, Radio Personality, KJLH-FM / The Front Page
2:15 pm
​•   Flo Anthony - One Last Deadly Play
​•   Rolonda Watts - Destiny Lingers
2:30 pm
​Spotlight Musical Performance w/
A Place Called Home
Director:  Charyn Harris
3:00 pm
​3rd Annual Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards Presentations
Winners Announced!
​Co-host: Albert Lawrence,  KABC 7 TV Correspondent
4:00 pm
In Conversation with Entertainer, Author and Grammy Award-winning recording artist
Bobby BrownEvery Little Step:  My Story
Moderator: ​Nischelle TurnerEntertainment Tonight Correspondent
5:15 pm
​Closing Keynote:
Ramsey Jay, Jr. – Author / Motivational Speaker​
“Empowering Dreamers to Become Achievers”

Evening Greeting and Final Remarks.
6:00 pm
​Spotlight Performances: Tribute to 90s Music Icons

Festival Closing Musical Program:
Funk Music by “Favorite Flavor
Patryce “Choc’ Let” Banks, former lead singer
Graham Central Station