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Tina Lifford is a star of the hit television series Queen Sugar who has penned a book that is called “an inspiring and illuminating guide to true self care.” The sage actress takes readers on a fulfilling journey of self-discovery, using 14 raw and personal stories as the impetus. She learned the hard way—through...

Eric Jerome Dickey, the New York Times best-selling author who was once the question on Jeopardy! Yes, he’s like that. His latest, Bad Men & Wicked Women, is a romantic thriller that released in April 2018 that is a page-turner supreme. www.ericjeromedickey.com

Leonard Pitts Jr. is the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist for the Miami Herald who has written countless best-selling and thought-provoking books, including the most recent, “The Last Thing You Surrender,” called “A wonderful, moving, riveting novel” by actress Gabrielle Union. His other outstanding...

Kalisha Buckhanon was honored at the 2006 NBCC with the Terry McMillan Young Author Award for her debut novel, Upstate. It proved to be the start of a stellar writing career. She has penned outstanding books Solemn, Conception and the most recent work, Speaking of Summer, which pulls readers into a woman’s quest for...

Tananarive Due is an award-winning author who teaches Black Horror and Afrofuturism at UCLA. She is an executive producer on Shudder’s groundbreaking documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. A leading voice in black speculative fiction for more than 20 years, Due has won an American Book Award, an NAACP...

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...

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...

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...