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Donna Hill

Donna Hill is the prolific author of 90–yes, 90–books, with a new one scheduled to be released by the 2020 NBCC. She has written romance, contemporary fiction, anthologies and novellas. Her work is lauded for its real-life characters and storylines and are book club favorites. A few of her titles include An Ordinary Woman, When I’m WIth You, For The Love of You and What The Heart Wants, among countless others. Please visit her at www.donnaohill.com

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Blacc Topp

Blacc Topp is a self-publishing sensation who came onto the literary scene November 2012, with his novel, “The Hustle Chronicles,” which was loosely based on his years as a honor roll student who was a menace outside of the classroom, making decisions that would alter his life for years to come. He now has 11 novels to his credit, including the most recent The Gemini Files. His catalog includes: The Hustle Chronicles, The Hustle Chronicles 2, The Hustle Chronicles 3, […]

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Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant

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 Made, Gotta Keep On Tryin’ and What Doesn’t Kill You, the friends’ last work together that was released in 2009. Please visit www.deberryandgrant.com to learn […]

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J. D. Mason

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 has also been nominated for The Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards in the African American Fiction and Best Contemporary Fiction categories. Her work […]

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Mary B. Morrison

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 and the feedback was overwhelming that the discussion was needed on a larger scale. And so, on Friday evening, July 31st, NBCC After Dark will take place. This is FREE event as […]

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Kiese Laymon

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 New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, among many others. Kiese will be honored at the 2020 National Book Club Conference […]

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Joan Vassar

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 life of notorious slave rebellion leader Nat Turner’s son, who was born the day he died. Joan is a prolific writer, whose other books, Elbert: Uncaged […]

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Karla FC Holloway

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 Emerita of English and Law at Duke University has also been a scholar on death and dying, especially end-of-life issues in African American […]

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Monyetta Shaw

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 thought-provoking book, Keep It Classy: Co-Parenting Strategies From Unstoppable Moms and Devoted Dads. Shaffer Smith, AKA “Ne-Yo,” writes the forward to the book that is the […]

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Curtis Bunn

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 fulfilling experiences. Over the years, so many readers and book clubs have implored him to have a “book club meeting” at the NBCC, and now he’s […]

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