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2017 Schedule


Thursday, July 27

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Pre-Registration: WINDSOR PREFUNCTION AREA

Friday, July 28th

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: NBCC Opening Breakfast w/Jan Hargrave  VENETIAN

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Victoria Christopher Murray                         HOPE III

10:15 a.m. to 11:15: a.m.: Victor McGlothlin                                           TRIPPE II

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: J.D. Mason                                                     HOPE II

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Panel: A Conversation About Black Women’s Health in the Trump Era—Do You Mind? Does It Matter. Moderator: Linda G. Blount. Sponsored by Black Women’s Health Imperative and Jefferson Hospital    VENETIAN BALLROOM

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: LUNCH on our own

1:45 p.m.: to 2:45 p.m.: Curtis Bunn                                   WINDSOR  BALLROOM

2:55 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.: Marita Golden                                                     TRIPPE II

2:55 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.: Frederick Williams                                             HOPE I

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Children’s Book panel with Denene Millner (moderator), Rashan Ali and Charly Palmer                                                              HOPE III

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Marc Lacy                                                             TRIPPE III

3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Diane McKenney-Whetstone                           HOPE II

4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.: Panel: Maximizing Your Book Club Experience. Raine Bradley (moderator),                                                                                                                                         WINDSOR BALLROOM

5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.: RECEPTION with Angela Tuck, Pembroke Productions


Saturday, July 29th

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Morning briefing w/ Curtis Bunn WINDSOR BALLROOM

8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Kimberla Lawson Roby                                     HOPE III     

9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Marcus Johnson                                               TRIPPE II

9:30 a.m. to 10:30: a.m.: Anita Ballard-Jones                                      TRIPPE III

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Panel: Want To Publish Your Book? Here’s How: Monica Michelle (moderator) with Paris Love, Nicole Jones, Kevin Patrick.               TRIPPE II

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Nicole Blades                                                  HOPE I

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Marissa Monteilh                                            HOPE III

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Julia Blues                                                        TRIPPE II

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Sheryl Mallory Johnson                                TRIPPE III

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Jordi B.                                                            HOPE II

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: LUNCH on our own

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Michael Eric Dyson, Terrie M. Williams Inspiration Award                                                                                                                  WINDSOR BALLROOM

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Dr. Vanessa Grubbs                                          HOPE I

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Lisa Renee Johnson                                       TRIPPE III

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Tia Williams                                                       HOPE II

3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Susan Moses                                                     TRIPPE II

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Industry panel: Is All Hope Lost for Writers of Color: A Look at the Traditional Publishing Landscape and What Can be Done. Latoya Smith (moderator) with Eric Jerome Dickey, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Marita Golden, Carol Mackey, Victor McGlothin and Victoria Christopher Murray.                                                                               WINDSOR BALLROOM                                                                                            

7:45 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.: Featured Authors Red Carpet event         WINDSOR PREFUNCTION

8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.:, Walter Mosley Author of Distinction Awards Dinner honoring Iyanla Vanzant.                                                                                                                         WINDSOR BALLROOM

Sunday, July 30th

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Worship service led by Carol Mackey   HOPE III

11:15 a.m. to Noon: 2017 NBCC wrap up with Curtis Bunn            HOPE III