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Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant comprise the dynamic writing team that will reunite at the 2020 NBCC ten years after its last release. The close friends captured the literary world’s attention over the past two decades with must-read books Better Than I Know Myself, Far From The Tree, Tryin’ To Sleep In The Bed You...

J. D. Mason is the author of more than twenty novels including The Woman Trapped in the Dark, Seducing Abby Rhodes, The Real Mrs. Price, Beautiful, Dirty, Rich and One Day I Saw a Black King.  During her career J. D. has been nominated for a Best Romantic Suspense from the African American Literary Awards Show and...

Mary B. Morrison will host an adult evening, NBCC After Dark, where the best-selling author–and panelists–will have a tasteful, frank, revealing and learning conversation about sexuality, erotica, love and so much more. “Expect the unexpected,” Mary said. Mary hosted a small group of participants at the 2019 NBCC...

Kiese Laymon authored the memoir Heavy, a gripping, moving and valiant book that has been honored with the Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, Barnes and Noble Discover Award and Audible’s Book of the Year. It was also named one of 2018’s best books by The...

Joan Vassar used to work in the bookstore at the National Book Club Conference, among hundreds of readers and dozens of authors, never revealing that she had penned a historical fiction novel calledBlack. Once she gained the nerve to do so, she has been bombarded with praise for the moving book that chronicles the...

Karla FC Holloway is the embodiment of the adage, “Age is just a number.” At 55, she earned a master’s degree in law from Duke Law School and has devoted her career to gender and cultural studies and the ethics of vulnerability in law and medicine. The author of eight nonfiction books, the James B. Duke Professor...

Monyetta Shaw is an entrepreneur, actress and reality show star who considers her primary job raising her two children she shares with R&B star Ne-Yo. Rather than engage in the muck that could develop when the parents are not together, Monyetta has chosen to remain above the fray, which inspired her to write her...

Curtis Bunn is the founder of the NBCC, started in because he felt joyous after each book club meeting, uplifted. The conversation with serious readers, the laughter, the learning benefitted both sides. It only made sense to me to bring readers and authors together in an intimate setting to have a succession of those...

The climate of racism today is alarming at best, frightening at worst. With the current administration in the White House, white supremacy has raged. Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin, editors of Colorline–the news website where race matters–have edited the must-read book, How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide To...

_____ Denene Millner has done just about everything in the writing world, and done it brilliantly. She’s an esteemed, award-winning journalist. She’s co-written books that were turned into films. She’s written enlightening self-help. She developed one of the leading paren...