Harlem Book Fair selects winners of first ‘My Book Selfie’ contest

Reader proudly takes picture with current novel.

Reader proudly takes picture with t novel currently being read.

April 20, 2015 (Harlem, New York) – The Harlem Book Fair (harlembookfair.com) has launched an innovative literacy-awareness initiative, My Book Selfie, that rewards readers who share their love of books. Using social media, the Harlem Book Fair is offering weekly rewards and prizes for readers who post a picture of themselves showing their favorite book or current read.

The goal of the ongoing program is to create an online presence where readers are acknowledged for creating and being part of a vibrant nation-wide reading community. The best book selfie will be selected from submitted photos on a weekly basis by the staff of QBR/The Black Book Review (www.qbr.com) and the Harlem Book Fair. Selected readers will be notified by email. No additional participation is required to be selected; simply take a picture with a favorite book and post it online at facebook.com/mybookselfie.

Reader poses with book about sports phenomenon Mo'Ne Davis.

Reader poses with book about sports phenomenon Mo’Ne Davis.

“There is a perception that we, as an often underserved community, have little relationship to reading as a way of life,” says Max Rodriguez, founder of the Harlem Book Fair. “They often forget that reading has long served as the means by which we have changed the course of our American experience. We have long been a nation of readers. I expect that children to grandma’s will post their favorite books. My Book Selfie will acknowledge us as a lifelong reading community that values entertaining stories, access to information, and the fun of reading.” View all pictures, join the community and win a book.

My Book Selfie (facebook.com/mybookselfie) is open to all readers with valid email addresses, new or existing registrants of QBR.com, or readers who are Facebook “fans”/“followers” of QBR.com and the Harlem Book Fair (www.harlembookfair.com). The presentation of the QBR Wheatley Book Awards will open the Harlem Book Fair on the evening of July 17th. The program blends awards presentations into an entertaining evening of music, letters, and stellar performances. The Wheatley Awards are open to industry professionals, independent authors and publishers, media, readers and the general public.


To reserve seating for the QBR Wheatley Book Awards, visit the Harlem Book Fair website or EventBrite.com. To submit your book for Book Award consideration, visit the Harlem Book Fair to download the Book Award Submission form.The Harlem Book Fair invites publishers, independent authors, book vendors, and artists to exhibit, promote and sell their work to its receptive audience. Applications are available online at www.harlembookfair.com. The Harlem Book Fair is a family event that is free and open to all. Join the #HarlemBookFair community by visiting Harlem Book Fair: follow us on Twitter @harlembookfair1 #harlembookfair #hbf and Harlem Book Fair 1999 on Facebook.–OnPointPress.net.

QBR’s author reading series promote the theme of renewal

Dirty Laundry

Performers depict “Dirty Laundry” and will bring “From Ashes to Angel’s Dust’ to life in Military Park author readings.

QBR, the Quarterly Black Review, will promote the importance of renewal during its author reading series on September 17 and 24 in Newark, New Jersey for the last two editions of the organization’s Author Reading Series. The 14-week series began on Wednesday, June 25 from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and will conclude on Wednesday, September 24.

“We are pleased to be acknowledged for our commitment to developing and serving audiences through books”, said Max Rodriguez, founder of the Harlem Book Fair and publisher of QBR The Black Book Review. “Our weekly author talks will feature selected, well-known and newly-published authors from all genres. We anticipate large crowds, hungry for lunch time entertainment.”

Zoe Flowers

Zoe Flowers

Last fall, the Newark Municipal Council voted unanimously to allow the Military Park Partnership to manage the park’s redevelopment, working in conjunction with Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, which has worked on park projects in several cities in the past decade, including New York City (Bryant Park), Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, and Pittsburgh. Literary programming is a key element of Bryant Park’s success and Military Park will also have an author talk series, created by the organization behind the Harlem Book Fair.

Omali Yeshitela

Omali Yeshitela

“We are excited to bring the Harlem Book Fair back to Newark and we’re proud to introduce more literary events to the city,” said Dan Biederman.

On September 17, Zoe Flowers, Sherri Pullum and Camila Camilo will present a staged reading of “From Ashes to Angel’s Dust,” while Joe Young will present “Diamond Ruff.” On September 24, Omali Yeshitela will present “An Uneasy Equilibrium.”

All events are free.

Joe Young

Joe Young

Founded as the public program of QBR The Black Book Review (www.QBR.com) and now in its 17th year, the Harlem Book Fair, the nations’ largest and most-respected African-American literary festival, is partnered by Columbia University, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture the New York Public Library, Literacy Partners, Inc., the national literacy organization; and televised nationally by C-Span’s BookTV. Attended by over 20,000 readers and viewed by millions on C-Span, the Harlem Book Fair stands as the nation’s flagship African-American public literary event.

For more information visit www.qbr.com.-OnPointPress.net.