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Sizzling Summer Literary Fun at the South Florida Book Festival!

The South Florida Book Festival is returning to the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) on July 25 and 26, 2014, with an even greater variety of authors and events. Leading off as keynote speaker is Congressman James E. Clyburn, a risk taker who once organized Civil Rights sit-ins, walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and was elected to Congress in 1992 where he has worked closely with Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. His longtime friend Congressman Alcee L. Hastings is expected to join Clyburn on the stage.

Congressman James E. Clyburn
Congressman James E. Clyburn
The two-day festival will feature a trio of bestselling writers: Eric Jerome Dickey, Donna Hill and Pamela Samuels Young. Also featured will be Dr. Carl Hart, author, neuroscientist and frequent national guest on PBS, CNBC, and Fox News. Workshops will be conducted by Chicago-based financial expert Kembala Evans. There will be a fun forum on natural hair care and a sampling of Caribbean cooking with three local chefs. Several prominent women writers of Haitian descent (Mahalia Solages, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel and M.J. Fievre) will share their literary vision. 
Moderating the author events is S. James Guitard, a national bestselling author of Chocolate Thoughts, Mocha Love, Blessed Assurance, Delilah's Revenge and A Hot Mess. A native of New York, Guitard now resides in the Washington, DC, area. He was a featured writer at last year’s book festival.
This festival is sponsored by the Friends of African-American Research Library and Cultural Center with assistance from Broward Public Library Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Bright Star Credit Union, Literally Speaking, Bank of America and National Sales Network.

Sunny Anderson of the Food Network
Sunny Anderson of
the Food Network

The fun begins 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25, with “An Evening with the Stars.” Tickets for this event are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and include one autographed book from a featured author. Enjoy an evening of light jazz with food and wine courtesy of Whole Foods Market.
There will be a special appearance FRIDAY ONLY by the host of the Food Network’s Cooking for Real and The Kitchen TV shows, Sunny Anderson. This is a glamorous event, so dress to impress. To purchase tickets go to  
Bring the whole family to a free event on Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be an entire day of author events and literary ambiance. 
Bestselling Author Eric Jerome Dickey
 Author Eric Jerome Dickey
At 10 a.m., Congressman James E. Clyburn will deliver the keynote presentation. President Obama said Clyburn is, "One of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens." Congressman Clyburn is Assistant Democratic Leader in the 112th Congress, the number three Democrat in the House of Representatives and one of the Democratic Caucus' primary liaisons to the White House.
“Lies, Lust, Sin & Mayhem” is scheduled for 12 noon, featuring a panel of national bestselling authors: Eric Jerome Dickey, Donna Hill and Pamela Samuels Young.
Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels, as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. 

Author Pamela Samuels Young
Author Pamela Samuels Young

Donna Hill has more than 70 titles in print; three of them were adapted for television. She is an adjunct professor of English at Medgar Evers College, Essex County College and the College of New Rochelle.    
Pamela Samuels Young is both an attorney and award-winning author. Her book, Anybody’s Daughter, won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in a Fiction category. She is also a natural hair enthusiast and the author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide
Neuroscientist and author Dr. Carl Hart
Neuroscientist and author Dr. Carl Hart
At 1 p.m., neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart will take the stage. Hart is a frequent guest on PBS, CNBC, and Fox News and the author of High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society. He is an associate professor of clinical neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Hart is a native of Miami.
Scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. are two separate events:
At 2 p.m., come to a Natural Hair Care Forum featuring author Pamela Samuels Young, author of Kinky Coily: A Natural Hair Resource Guide; and local stylists Simone Hylton of Natural TrendSetters; Fayola Nicaisse of Ebene Naturals; and Forrest Moore and Terrance Rivers of Black Star Unisex Salon.

Financial expert Kembala Evans
Financial expert Kembala Evans

Also scheduled for 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. are two workshops presented by financial expert and coach Kembala Evans. The workshops will show attendees “how to take control of your money, how to become debt free and build savings, and how to get the credit you deserve.” Evans is the founder of KP Evans Financial, a firm focused on empowering people to take control of their financial futures. She is a Money Smart Week® partner with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and she serves on the Illinois Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors.
A Caribbean Spice workshop will also be offered at 3 p.m. featuring cookbook author and caterer Dorette Darby and Chef David Stample who will share samples of, and discuss, Caribbean-style cooking. 
Bringing the event to a graceful close from 4 to 5 p.m. will be three talented women writers of Haitian descent. Mahalia Solages is the author of two picture books and also writes women's fiction. Enjoy crafts and fun at the Kid ZoneMarie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel writes short stories and children’s books. M.J. Fievre is a poet and story writer who has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. She edited the Haiti anthology, So Spoke the Earth.
Just for Kids @ the South Florida Book Festival!
Children are invited to visit the “Kid Zone” at the South Florida Book Festival. Kid Zone, which is open all day Saturday during the Festival, will have crafts and activities. Enjoy free fun just for kids!
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Books by Featured South Florida Book Festival Authors: Available at BCL

Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food for Real Life by Sunny Anderson
Sunny's Kitchen: 125 Recipes and Stories That Inspire my Cooking by Sunny Anderson
A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey
Decadence by Eric Jerome Dickey
Chocolate Thoughts: Short Stories, Essays and Poetry from the Hearts and Minds of Real Black Men by S. James Guitard
Mocha Love: A Novel of Passion, Honesty, Deceit, and Power by S. James Guitard
High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery that Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl L. Hart
Sultry Nights by Donna Hill
Everything is You (eBook) by Donna Hill
Anybody's Daughter by Pamela Samuels-Young  
Attorney-Client Privilege by Pamela Samuels-Young  
What Morning Is This? by Mahalia Solages
Haiti Noir (eBook) edited by Edwidge Danticat/featuring story by Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel