The Fifth Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair will feature more than seventy authors of African descent, showcasing and highlighting a diverse spectrum of authors and literature, from contemporary and historical fiction, to anthologies, poetry, academic books; children’s stories and books, non-fiction to biographies, self- help, and inspirational, religious, and financial works.
Ameshia Arthur, LCSW
Ameshia Arthur, LCSW, is the author of Brown Boy Brown Boy What Can You Be? and Benjamin the Brave: a story about anxiety. Ameshia describes herself as a brown girl. A lover of brown boys, brown girls, and beautiful people. She believes in kindness and representation. She believes that literacy, information, and understanding are the foundations of freedom. Love and be free.
Clarence Birdsong III
Clarence Birdsong is the author of Black: A Love Story. Clarence is from Memphis, Tennessee. He was a high school dropout, turned military veteran. After one of the biggest trials in his life, he became an author and business owner.
Dr. Brandi DiShawn Brown
Dr. Brandi DeShawn Brown resides in Rockford, IL with her three teenagers: Carandus, Jr., Jamaia and Imani. Her children are the inspiration for writing books. Dr. Brown is a community education activist for equality and equity resources, relevant role-models, educators and culturally relevant curriculum in schools. Her doctoral research and dissertation were focused on race-relations in elementary education, She is passionate about parent, children’s rights, quality education, and public and charter schools. She is a woman empowerment coach, and race-relations development coach, and has four other published publications.
Rickey T. Boyland
Rickey has been taking pictures for many years. But most recently, he has been earnestly pursuing his craft. He is a product of self-taught methods, combined with a formal education at Sacramento City College’s Photography Department. He enjoys street, documentary, fine art, and editorial photography.
Patricia E. Canterbury is a native Sacramentan, and the author of the Delta Mystery series, The Poplar Cove Mystery series, Every Thursday and The Geaha Incident. She has had short stories published in over 20 publications, including: anthologies, horror, fantasy, mystery and science fiction. She is also a member of Capitol Crimes, MWA, NCPA, ZICA Creative arts and Literary Guild, as well as, Soroptimist International of Sacramento.
Charles D. Dangerfield
Charles is a first time author. His book is:Filling a Void: A Resource for the Journey to Manhood. In 2015, after over 28 years of law enforcement service, he retired as Governor Brown’s appointed Chief of the California Department of Corrections street enforcement unit. He is a US Navy veteran and member of the Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is married, father of four, and "Papi" to 12.
Kristi Eddy, Mrs. California
Kristi Eddy is an educator, CEO and Reigning Mrs. California who wrote an inspiring book to encourage girls. Besides her role as Mrs. California, Kristi M. Eddy worked hard throughout her life to get where she is today. She admits that much of her early life was a struggle, but she persevered and has a successful career in education. She earned a Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees. She currently serves as an Assistant Principal in Watts, CA. Her first Children’s Book, Beauty Is, is inspired by her belief that beauty is undefined. It is a rhyming children’s book that takes you on a journey to find beauty, and as with most adventures, you often find your answer right where you began. Her book helps children see the beauty in everyone.
Ash Exantus, aka Ash Cash, is a 15-year banking executive, personal finance expert, motivational speaker, and the author of six books, including:The Wake Up Call: Financial Inspiration Learned from 4:44 A Guide on How to Implement Each Financial Principle, Mind Right Money Right, Mind Right Life Right, and What the FICO. He is the head of financial education and financial empowerment coach at BankMobile (The largest and fastest growing digital bank in the country), and a digital app, that provides a financially empowering banking experience to more than 2 million customers. He is also a financial teacher and a Leadership Council member of the World of Money Financial Institute, whose mission is to empower youth with an immersive financial and technology education, creating financially responsible adults, one child at a time. Ash has established himself as a thought leader and trusted voice with Corporate America, Colleges, Churches, and community based organizations. He has become a regular speaker at national conferences across the country.
David Fontaine has 35 years in the financial service industry as a business owner, financial representative, insurance agent, and investor. He started the Minority Financial Literacy Center in 2010, after observing the need for financial literacy education. As the CEO, he developed Fontaine 11 principles of building individual, family and community wealth. His first book is: The Black Financial Literacy and Wealth Building Bible. His first book speaks about these principals, and more.
Kimberly A. Gordan Biddle
Dr. Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle is a lover, reader, and writer of books. She has co-authored two textbooks and written/published one fiction children’s story. It is her aspiration to continue writing more academic and fiction works. Her works include: LaDonna Plays Hoops, Early Childhood Education: Becoming a professional - co-authored textbook, and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development - co-authored textbook.
Dyeneka A. Campa
Dyeneka is an Afro-Latina author and illustrator from Los Angeles, CA, who strives to encourage young readers to embrace their cultural and ethnic characteristics. Her recent book, "Leo, The Fearless and Furless Lion", highlights the harsh treatment a child may endure at school for simply possessing a different look. Readers are invited to share empathy and even giggle at times as the protagonist, Leo the Lion, who cleverly tries to overcome his challenge.
Joy Elan is an award winning author and spoken word artist from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She received her BA degree in African American Studies at UC Berkeley, and her MA degree in Education from Stanford University. She uses her writing to advocate for civil rights of Blacks/people of color, women, and people with disabilities. With her poetry and novels, she speaks about social issues that affect people locally and globally. Her works include: Signs of Life: Past, Present, and Future, Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution, Institutional Freedom: A collection of African American Studies Essays, Silence is Not Always Golden: The power of Spoken Words, Life Is A Canvas, and Holding On To My Pride
Frederick K. Foote
Since 2014 Frederick has published over two hundred stories and poems, including literary, science fiction, fables, and horror genres. Frederick has published two short story collections: For the Sake of Soul(2015), and Crossroads Encounters(2016). Frederick hosts the Prose and Poetry Meet Up group, and is a member of the INK writers workshop. He is currently preparing a short story collection manuscript. To see a list of Frederick’s publications, go to: http//www.fkfoote.wordpress.com/
Pamela is an award winning author, minister, and speaker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership, and a Doctoral Degree in Ministry. She is the author of Elegant Living on a Budget and her latest book is Relationship Dynamics. She is also working on two additional book projects: First Lady Syndrome and Convalescence of a Fractured Vessel.
Eddie Hart was born and raised in Northern California. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist, and Two World Record Holder. Eddie is the author of Disqualified, Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and The Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics. Eddie currently speaks,and runs a non-profit he founded in 2003.
Marietta Harris is a member of "Sisters in Crime". She is a professional singer musician, producer, published song writer, composer, and violinist. She began writing after her mother passed from Alzheimer’s. Her first book: "The Other Side of Alzheimer’s, a Caregiver’s Story" is dedicated to call caregivers.
Alisha Hazziez is an author who lives in Sacramento, CA. Her books are: Have You Seen My Vroom, Vroom?, Have You Seen My Papa? and Akilah and the Red Shoes. Alisha writes books for children. When she writes, she draws from her own life experiences. When she’s not frightening strangers with her alleged humor, she generally frightens her husband three children, who believe her attempt at humor should remain unpublished.
Chanise Hendrix, LMFT
Chanise Hendrix is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Chanise is the author of "Trapped: An Insightful Approach to Working with African American Women Experiencing Domestic Violence". She realized that resources, specifically, related to black women were lacking in the mental health field and decided to change that.
Yvetta D. Franklin
Yvetta (aka Doll) Franklin is a widow, mother, teacher and author. She ignites and excites her students to learn. "I try to color the lives of my pupils with joy, values and confidence." Yvetta has been written up in several local newspapers and The California Educator Magazine, for making connections with her students and flavoring her class with humor. Yvetta co-authored "The Code Switch", "Deleting Files", and "Switch-A-Roo; Who are You", which is her latest release
Michele E. Lee
Michele E. Lee is a native of Oakland, CA, who was raised in a family of traditional healers from the South. She has worked for over 30 years in the integrated arts field and has an MFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is the author of Working the Roots: Over 400 Years Of Traditional African American Healing.
Gerald Lenoir’s poetry reflects his involvement in progressive social movements. The 1960s Black student and anti-Vietnam war movements, the antiapartheid movement, campaigns against police brutality, gentrification, affirmative action, the Rainbow Coalition, the HIV/AIDS response, immigrant rights, Palestine solidarity and peace movements."Amandla! Poems of Love and Struggle", is his first book of poetry.
Sheryl Lister is a multi-award winning author, with 14 books to her credit: Just To Be With You, All Of Me, Made To Love You, It’s Only You, It’s You That I Need, Tender Kisses, Places In my Heart, Giving My All To You, A Touch Of Love, Still Loving You, Perfect Chemistry, Be Mine For Christmas (Unwrapping The Holidays Anthology), Embracing Forever, Love’s Serenade. She has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She lives in California, and is a wife, mother and grandmother.
Luana holds an MA from Mills College. She is a professor at City College and Dominican University. She is the author of What Makes That Black? The African-American Aesthetic in American Expressive Culture. Her work has applications in art criticism, anthropology and education. Luana is also an avid gardener and neophyte bocce player.
Janae Marie has published three books. She has a BA degree in Broadcast Media Studies. She also has her own media company, JMP Media Group, which also publishes The Hot Scoop Ent. Magazine, that she herself, started. Flirting with Temptations and Daddy’s Home, were the first books to be published. Double Take and Sleeping with the Enemy, are soon to come.
Kathy "Kanika" Marshall
In 2017, Kathy "Kanika" Marshall published The Ancestors Are Smiling!, which is a collection of uplifting, funny, touching, and sometimes harrowing real life stories. The stories are recounted by her ancestors and their descendants. Kanika is a self-avowed missionary for family history. She encourages others to write and self-publish their own family history stories. Marshall is also the author of: The Journey Home: A Genealogy Daybook of Travel and Discovery, Thomas Richard Marshall: A Life Well-Lived, Mary Ellen Carter Marshall: The Life of a Hero, Educator, Mother, Artist, Citizen, Mentor, and Friend and Isaiah and Grandma K: Zaya’s First 6 years.
Niyah Moore is an award winning author, with more than twenty-two published works to her credit. She is a Sacramento, California native and her love affair with the written word began early. By the age of nine, she was fully immersed in the possibilities of prose. Her noteworthy novels include: Guilty Pleasures, Bittersweet Exes, Tell Yo Bitch series, Nobody’s Side Piece series, and Pagalle Palace.
Deborah Nelson is an author, and retired educator, who currently resides in Toluca Lake, CA. On December 14, 2010, Deborah’s youngest child, Monique Roxanne Nelson, was tragically murdered in Sacramento, California. In honor of her beloved daughter, Deborah wrote a memoir entitled: The Last Portrait: A Psalm For Monique. It is a riveting account of an extremely inspirational journey of life, love, and loss. Also a mother’s desperate struggle to fight her way out of the Black Hole of Grief and Heartache. You will be fascinated to learn about her unbelievable journey: from anger, to healing, to advocacy.
Kim Y. Nelson
Kim Y. Nelson grew up in Sacramento, attending local schools and attended CSUS. She is a scientist by profession. In addition to writing novels, she is a community volunteer and board member of two non profit organizations.
Jae Noirel is a poet, essayist, novelist, street philosopher and entrepreneur from Berkeley, California. His first book, published in 2017 is, Prison Poetry: Peace of Mind for a Tortured Soul. His second book, and urban novel, is titled: D-Boys Blues: A Gritty Tale of Loyalty and Betrayal was published in 2018. He is also the author of Endangered Species (Genocide in America).
David Europa was born in Mexico City the 29th of November, 1972. He is claiming the legitimate propriety of the territory of Mexico. It is something in which he has demonstrated in his books, documentaries, pictures and cartography. He has published, as an academic: Linguistic Formula, Sentinel to the Distance, and Centinella a la Distancia.
Alton E. Pete
Alton E. Pete is a well decorated retired Army soldier, with 26 years and 4 months of faithful and dedicated service for our country. He is an Iraqi War Veteran, with a genuine concern for people all around the world. After retiring from the Army, 4 years ago in 2014, Alton began writing an amazing book: Life is so Precious. It was released and published in 2017. The book is an electrifying and invigorating book of art to read. Many positive words, many positive stories, that leave one with a ray of Hope, while touching the Heart and Soul....GET YOUR COPY!
Brandi R. Richard
Brandi R. Richard is the author of Operation Growth. She is a mother, innovator, entrepreneur, and advocate. Throughout her life stages, she USED adversity to grow and develop into a new iteration of herself. She transitioned from preppy student leader, to young military wife, to hip vegan tree-hugger. From there she grew into a hard working, single mom, with vision and purpose, for herself and daughter. She showed no fear of the struggle. Through every challenge, she continued to grow. She established a career and a brilliant daughter.
Theresa is the author of a Biography: No One Knew What I Was Going Through.
Tracy Sanders, Esq.
Tracy Sanders is the author of Natural Hair in the Workplace: What Are Your Rights?, Natural Hair Affirmations and Little Girls, Big Hair Trouble. Tracy Sanders is an attorney, author and speaker in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Natural Hair and the Law, which is an organization established to address legal issues related to natural hair in the workplace and schools.
Sumiko Saulson is a sci-fi, horror and fantasy writer, graphic novelist, and the editor of Black Magic Women, an anthology of horror by black women. She compiles the annual Black Women in Horror list, and wrote 100 Black Women in Horror. Her novels include Warmth and Happiness and Other Diseases.
Tyriek A Murphy
Big City Nights: The Biography Of The Legendary Cisero Murphy.My primary goal with this literary piece, is to provide exciting entertainment, and personal facets, about the legacy of the "ONLY" Black Professional Billiards World Title Winner and the BCA Hall of Fame Inductee in history.
Geri Spencer Hunter
Geri Spencer Hunter is a native Iowan and a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing (BSN, RN, PHN). Her writings have been published in numerous anthologies, and her debut novel Polkadots, was published in 1998. That was followed by her prize winning novel, The Summer of My Fifteenth Year, published in 2015. She is a wife, grandmother and great grandmother. As a retired public health nurse, she lives in Sacramento with her husband "Hunter", who is a retired mechanical engineer.
Rose Mary Stiffin, PhD
"Walk in Bethel" was my first novel. This novel won an international competition in General Fiction (June 2015), in which I traveled to Paris to receive the award. I have since published three additional novels: "Reflections", "Groovin’ on the Half Shell", and "A Winter Friend". "Casino Blues" is my fifth novel.
Dr. Camelia Straughn
Dr. Camelia Straughn is a 22 year Retired Army Veteran. She founded RisingSTAR, an organization in which she coaches to disrupt the way women view themselves, and create a life of BLISS (Belief, Love, Intimacy, Self-Care, Success). She is a motivational speaker, transformational coach and mentor. A life story of trial and absolute triumph! She has authored: The Life of the African-American Career Military Woman: An Autoethnographic Study, Finding your BLISS in the Midst of Pain: 9 Keys to Trusting Yourself and Having an Extraordinary Life, Composition of A soul’s Journey Through Poetry, Women, Intimacy and Religion and Free Thyself: Words of Love, Pain and Victory.
Beatrice Toney Bailey "Bedaparle'"
Beatrice Toney Bailey is an Author, Professional Speaker and Television Host. She has authored a best selling book, entitled: Get, Ready, Get Set...Cuz we’re All Gonna Go!. Bea has been included in the book, 50 Outstanding Writers You Should Be Reading, by the Author’s Show. She also has a column in a Denver newspaper.
I am a newly published author. My composition is a story of real life events, and because of those events, I have chosen to embark on this journey. I am an educated entrepreneur. From homelessness to homeowner. I am a success story.
Zeke Walker has dedicated his time, energy, and efforts, to ensure his works:Black as I Wanna Be, The Madea Factory, Reminiscent of a Familiar Face, and 70 Moons, present a comprehensive and balanced foundation for thinking outside of the societal traditions and barriers. He provides an unfiltered and pragmatic approach to discussing today’s most pressing social issues. He has made a name for himself as a credible, well-researched, and relatable figure to readers from coast to coast.
Clifton L. West III
Of Life and Time, is Clifton’s first published book. He has written songs on three published albums:Sketches of My Culture, Street Knowledge, Never Forget: A Journey of Revelation. All by Cornel West and BMWMB(Black Men Who Mean Business). Clifton is the older brother to Dr. Cornel R. West, Cynthia R. West-McDaniel, and Cheryl L. West. He is the father of two, stepfather to one, grandfather of four, and great-grandfather of two.
Marvin X is a poet, playwright, essayist, co-founder of the Black Arts Movement, co-founder of Oakland’s Black Arts Movement Business District, and publisher of The Movement Newspaper. He is the author of: Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X, Beyond Religion, Toward Spirituality and How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy.