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Logo for the South Florida Book FestivalFriday and Saturday, July 26 & 27 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center  

National best-selling African-American writers and two world-renowned basketball players are heading to Fort Lauderdale on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27, 2013 for the South Florida Book Festival. Christian Authors

The South Florida Book Festival is hosted by the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, and sponsored by the Urban League of Broward County, the Broward Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Whole Foods Market and Pyramid Books.

Friday, July 26

Both events held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC):

  • Mystery Writing Workshop with author Angela Henry, 2 to 4 p.m.
    Seating is limited to 20 participants. There is a $10 fee for workshop; RSVP to 954-357-6170.
  • Evening with the Stars, 6 to 9 p.m.
    Meet featured South Florida Book Festival authors in a social setting at the library. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and live jazz, for a donation of $20, and tickets can be ordered on line via

Family Day at the South Florida Book Fair! Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Earl “The Pearl” MonroeMeet Celebrity Guests/Star Basketball Players Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Tim Hardaway!
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Meet two of basketball’s greats. Special guests Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, a legendary player with the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, will talk about his book, Earl the Pearl: My Story. Known as much for his unorthodox, “playground” style of play as his championship pedigree, observers of Earl the Pearl said that “watching him play was like listening to jazz, his moves resembling free-floating improvisations.” Tim Hardaway
    Joining Earl the Pearl on stage is basketball star Tim Hardaway of the Miami Heat. Hardaway is best known for his crossover dribble and his reputation as one of the league’s best point guards. All ages are invited to this free and fun event. Monroe’s book will also be available for sale and signing.
  • “Scandalous: Meet the Villains, Heroes and Heroines of Contemporary African-American Fiction,” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    With best-selling Christian fiction authors S. James Guitard, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray.
  • “So Spoke the Earth: Haitian Women Writers at Work,” 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
    A multi-lingual anthology about Haiti that explores its past, present and future as experienced by a diversity of inhabitants. Hear their stories. With Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, Mahalia Solages, Michele-Jessica Fievre and Joanne Hyppolite. Theodore-Pharel writes children’s books and short stories; Solages authors picture books and women’s fiction; Fievre writes mystery novels and children’s books in French; and Hyppolite is a museum curator in Miami and author of children’s novels and short stories.
  • “Proverbs of Alkebu-Lan: A Collection of Wisdom for Generations, Book I” with International Educator and Author A.K. Tosu, Ph.D., 2 to 3 p.m. 
    Learn life-empowering lessons taught through ancestral proverbs. Event will be held next door at the Urban League of Broward County at 560 N.W. 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.
  • Wahida Clark“Make Your Book Your Business” with Urban Fiction authors Wahida Clark and Mary "HoneyB" Morrison, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    Authors – learn what you can do to make your book a success. Wahida Clark created the "Thug Love Fiction" sub-genre of street lit and was the first street lit author to write a series. She is a New York Times, USA Today and Essence bestselling author. Mary Morrison wrote and self-published her first novel, Soul Mates Dissipate, which quickly became an Essence' national bestseller. Morrison has also written a self-help book entitled Who's Making Love, a book of poetry. Justice Just Us Just Me, and a number of fiction novels - more than 50 books in total. She lives in Oakland, California.
  • “How to Get Started in Book Publishing” with Caribbean Author/Publisher Suzette Farquharson-Morgan, 3 to 4 p.m.
    Jamaican author, editor and publisher Suzette Farquharson-Morgan is the president of FarMor Group, Inc. In 2002, she wrote her first book, Living Testimonies, which she self-published in 2005 through her company, FarMor Publishing. Four years later, the company became incorporated as FarMor Group, Inc. (FGI) and has released 10 books from local, national and international authors/poets.
Featured Books from South Florida Book Fair Authors – Available at BCL

Rumor Central by Reshonda Tate Billingsley
Payback Ain’t Enough by Wahida Clark
Mocha Love: A novel of passion, honesty, deceit, and power by S. James Guitard
Diva’s Last Curtain Call by Angela Henry
Earl the Pearl: My Story by Earl “The Pearl” Monroe
Destiny’s Divas by Victoria Christopher Murray