Having A Book Affair With Words .
It’s An Affair That You Don’t Want To Miss!!!
Has anyone ever said something that nearly had you jumping off the ledge because it was just so unbelievable that you couldn’t fathom someone doing such a thing? If you answered yes, then you are one of the millions of readers who most assuredly are a lover of the urban fiction brand of books. Books whose words leave most of of us standing on the edge of anxiety as you flip through the pages of your favorite author’s latest forte. Having an affair with words has probably been one of the greatest inventions of mankind since vocal cords were allowed to emit words. The recent boom of urban fiction; albeit dark detailed stories, or haunting tales of murder, mayhem, crime, and much more. These are the written words that tell our stories, struggles and are a reflection of the lives we lived. Although Urban fiction has become extremely popular among the masses many new authors have not, and often more times than not urban fiction novels have been shelved deep within the recesses of stores only to be passed by unnoticed by the masses. Therefore in order to remedy the lack of shelf space due to biased mainstream bookstore chains, etcetera, and so forth. Many urban authors in particular have either searched diligently for other possible avenues, or have created their own platforms which offer an abundance of opportunity such as LJ Jameela Thomas has done in creating this spectacular, upcoming, book festival in the ATL. An event that will encompass some of the best Urban Fiction writers amongs many other genres, and other African American authors who are pursuing their literary dreams. Therefore, in order to better inform you about this opportunistic event for authors and fans alike I tracked LJ down like a lion on a gazelle’s ass in the hot plains of Africa. Hungry as I am for great opportunities to further help my fellow authors along. I decided to get the details straight from the horses mouth (no offense LJ your picture looks finer than any horse…LOL!). So, let’s all eat, drink, and be merry while selling a book or two. You never know who might be the next Zane, or Carl Weber. Down below is where you will find the event that may be the start of a successful career for you. Support the cause, Think Urban! Get Involved! Contact LJ, and get your ticket to one of this summer’s hottest events.
LJ’s Event:This Summer’s Hottest Book Fair
DionCheese.Com: I heard that you have a major event coming up that you are hosting with others can you please elaborate?
LJ: Yes I have a book Fair which is a part of the Georgia Arts, Neo Soul & Poetry Awards and Expo. We have national recording artists performing, as well as nationally known authors, poets and others. There is a business expo, a banquet and the awards ceremony where renowned poet Hank Stewart and national personality Joyce Littel are being honored.
DC: Where will this event be held and what made you decide to create such event in the first place?
LJ: This is being held at the Georgia International Convention Center on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The address is 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, GA 30337 General admission is only $10 I had my 1st book fair last June and decided that I wanted to make it an annual thing. This year, I was asked to participate with this program and I readily accepted. It is a great opportunity for authors participating in the book fair to gain more exposure. It is important to me to do this since it is often difficult for me to make it to events and I wanted to do something as a way of showing support for other authors.
DC: Who is your targeted audience, and how will this event help push their interests further?
LJ: This event caters to anyone who is interested in the arts, business and books. There has never been an awards program for the arts in this area. We feel it is about time and instead of waiting on someone else to do it, we have done it ourselves. G.A.N.S.P.A. (Georgia Arts, Neo Soul & Poetry Awards) has a mission of supporting artists year round through their education and mentoring programs. They also spotlight excellence through the annual Awards Ceremony.
DC: What sets your event apart from others of the same nature?
LJ: The fact that we have one of the largest radio stations in the area as a media partner, V103 “The people station”. In addition, this book fair is a part of a much larger event and will therefore draw a larger crowd. We are looking forward to continuing this book fair each year and the more the better. I want my book fair to be the largest in the southeast on day and I have hit the ground running to achieve this. I encourage authors near and far to attend this event.
DC: How long will this event last, and where can people who are interested purchase tickets?
LJ: The event is only for Saturday. Tickets for the individual events can be purchased at this link. http://www.georgiaartsneosoulpoetryawards.com/#!tickets/c14mz When you click the link, you will see the price for each event and you can purchase them online.
DC: Will there be marauders among the pack, such as myself, hunting down some good food that you will be serving because I can literally smell your good cooking as we speak?
LJ: Lol… Well there will be concessions spots at the venue for the purchase of food for extra hungry individuals such as yourself.
DC: Will author etiquette be involved or am I allowed to just grab money from the patrons’ hands and hand them a book? LOL! It is preferable that etiquette be displayed in the proper manner. As an author, we are held to a higher standard and should behave accordingly.
LJ: It is preferable that etiquette be displayed in the proper manner. As an author, we are held to a higher standard and should behave accordingly.
DC: On a more serious note, how will those who pay a premium price be featured within your special showcase, and how many people can fit into the arena?
LJ: The convention center is huge. The Bronner Brothers have had their hair shows there. Therefore, we have more than enough space for our events. There are over 2,000 parking spots. So realistically, at a minimum, the venue will easily hold 2,000 people at one time. However, multiply that by 4 and you are still looking at 8,000 people being accommodated with ease. Remember, we have a book Fair, which will take place in the lobby. There will be the banquet in one of the Salons or ballrooms for honoring Joyce Littel, Hank Stewart and others. There will be an expo including entertainment stages, vendors and community organizations after the banquet. Then Saturday evening the Awards Gala Ceremony will be the finale. This will feature national recording artist George Tandy, Jr and other international, national and local artist. The show will be broadcast live to thousands via the web on a network of over 100 affiliate stations and local radio networks. For authors participating in the book fair, they will be featured in the program booklet and on the website. I must have a head shot, a brief bio and cover pic of the book. Since the tables are 5-6 feet long, they are welcomed to bring as many books as they would like. In addition, any author who is unable to attend, but wants to have their books present, they can contact 404-590-2845 and get further details. Here is the schedule Doors Open at 12:00 PM Saturday – Award Banquet Time: 1:00 – 3:30 PM Saturday – Book Fair AMB Industries Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Saturday – Expo Time: 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Saturday – Awards Ceremony Doors Open @ 7:00 PM Ceremony: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
George Tandy Jr. & Heston Francis (NOTE: Anyone who is interested in being a vendor or sponsor at this event can contact (404)590-2845)
DC: Is this event formal or casual, and what message or advice would you like to send to your future attendees who will show up at the event?
LJ: The dress for the event depends on which one you are attending. For instance, it would not be good to show up to the banquet in shorts and tennis shoes.