Join some of your favorite authors, readers, and publishers online!



7:00 PM - 7:05 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

VIP Team
7:10 PM - 7:50 PM

What Men Want vs. What Women Think

This discussion will dispel the myths and misconceptions and speak on what men actually want and how different they are from the expectations women actually have. Or are the differences that far apart?

Sasha Ridley with Jsin Graham, Norian Love, Seanathan Polidore, Gamal Williams
8:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Aural Pleasure

The art of creating, producing and performing romance audiobooks and listeners that love them.

Ronyelle Baker with iiKane, Sabrina B. Scales, Shay Davis
8:50 PM - 9:30 PM

Purple Reign

We want to explore love in the form of same-sex couples and the plight that has surrounded the freedom of expression and the expansion of the stories in the literary world.

Nikki & Syreeta of Sip Then Read with Chencia C. Higgins, Mary Kirkley, Meka James, Nikki-Michelle
9:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Dance Break

Dancing After Dark

Kuver Up Kweens
9:45 PM - 10:45 PM

Let Talk About Sex

This panel will address opening up about your fantasies, taking responsibility for your pleasure, being clear about your needs and how to explain what you want, and how has spicy/smut romance books made it easier for people to explore and experience self-pleasure or increased pleasure with their partners.

Mika Rasheed with JL Seegars
10:55 PM - 11:55 PM

Closing Remarks

VIP Team

Day 1 Black History

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:10 AM - 11:00 AM

We Are Black History 365

The black experience in America isn’t all about struggle. It should be celebrated 365 days out of the year. These authors are telling our stories and it is more than the slave narrative you are accustomed to reading.

Jeff Jones with Shaunna Edwards, Catherine Adel West, Daniel Black
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Black History is World History

A panel discussing excellence in Black History throughout the world and its influence on Black culture in the US.

Gracia Rich with Sheri Maple, Kaysha Corinealdi, Michelle Coles
12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

Music is History Trivia

Trivia game based on book “MUSIC IS HISTORY” by Questlove
Bestselling author and Sundance award-winning director Questlove offers a thrilling music-driven ride through the last 50 years of American History.

Sharlisa Addison
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Power of Untold Black Historical Fiction

The transformative power of telling the untold stories of black historical fiction.

Sadeqa Johnson with Robert Jones, Jr.
2:30 PM - 3:40 PM

Black Love is Uh Movin’ Thing (The History of Black Romance)

Black romance novels remind us that there is joy in Black Love. However, great books, literature, art and well-written screenplays also hold the clues to the authentic lived experiences of those often hidden in history about the experiences of Black Love across our historical experiences.

Summer Chapman with Vanessa Riley, Darby Baham, and Taj McCoy
3:35 PM - 3:45 PM

Speed Dating Buzz Panels

New releases

Randy Chan
3:50 PM - 4:40 PM

Reading History While Black

Reading historical nonfiction books can be very interesting and exciting. This panel will discuss the importance of reading history as Black readers. Audience members will discover and connect with a panel of Black readers who love history and want more people to read the genre. Panelists will also discuss how they apply their reading of history to their everyday lives.

Raymond Wiliams with Gracia Rich, Chante McCormick, and Marvin-Alonzo Greer
4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking & Games

Day 2 Black Future

10:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:55 AM - 11:45 AM

Superpowers, Revolutions and Kickass Heroes: Taking the Book World by Storm

Sci-Fi/Middle Grade & YA

Mika Rasheed with Laila Sabreen, Alechia Dow, Vincent Tirado, Kosoko Jackson
11:55AM - 12:45PM

The Evolution of Black Influencers: How to Build a Reading Community

Black influencers, especially Black Book Influencers, have shown and proven the power they have to increase readership, engagement and build a great reading community. From the beginning of the pandemic to now, publishers, authors, and social media users have seen how creativity, consistency, and LOVE of books can bring people together.

Traci Thomas with Reggie Bailey , Jerid Woods, Crystal Forte, and Jamise Harper
12:50 PM - 1:00 PM

Speed Dating Buzz Panels

New releases

Randy Chan
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

I Can't Get My Son to Read!

How to get black boys to read more and provide some tools and tips as well as some role playing for parents to help ignite the spark in young boys.

Christina C. Taylor with Kwame Mbalia
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Bibliotherapy: Literature & Mental Health

Recommending books as therapy in the treatment of mental health in the Book Community.

Emely Rumble with Dr. Jalisa Barnes, Kesha Ingram
2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Poetry for the Soul

This panel will reflect on the power of poets to be agents of change and the emotional power of poetry.

Karen Talley with Norian Love, Andonnia Maiben, Dr. Martina McGowan
3:10PM - 4:00PM

The Future of Black History: Black to the Future

What do books by black authors look like for the next 20-50 years? Will they (fiction, non-fiction) document struggle, persistence and how to overcome hindrances?

Kelly Lycurgus with Caseen Gaines, Uju Asika, Lolá Ákínmádé Åkerström
4:00 PM - 4:10 PM

Closing Remarks

4:10 PM - 5:10 PM

Networking & Games