Soulful Chicago Book Fair 2016

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Jul 16, 2016

--This seven block, author-centric, literary celebration will provide a platform for African Diasporic stories to be told, while inspiring future thinkers to bring life to their thoughts through written word. Each block will feature a different genre, such as Fiction, Non-fiction, and a children’s block full of children's authors, family fun shows and activities. It will feature music soulful house music by DJ Duane Powell, Jazz by Maggie Brown and David Boykin, R&B by J. Daphney, Ballroom Rock by BLAH BLAH BLAH and special headline, Grammy-nominated, neo-soul artist Eric Roberson. It's theater presentations will be performed by Pegasus Theatre Troupe and KUUMBA LYNX Intergenerational Spoken Word Ensemble. The “Taste of Soul” block will provide a variety of food vendors for all appetites. 

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Donna Beasley

Publisher, KaZoom Digital Publishing

Bio: KaZoom Kids iStorybooks publishes stories that reflect the Black and Latino community. Our mission is to create greater diversity in children's literature. We help children grow up proud. Donna Renee Beasley is also the author of the children's book Kason's Kites.

Bernard Turner

Author, Highlights of Chicago Press

Mama Edie Armstrong

Speech and Language Pathologist, InspirePath Therapeutic Agency

Constance Shabazz

Literary Services

DJ Duane Powell


Eric Roberson


Kuumba Lynx


Useni Eugene Perkins


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