Harlem Book Fair 2016 Welcome Note


Greetings, Authors, Publishers, and Artists. May 2015 bring increased returns from all of your effort.

 I write to invite you to participate in the upcoming 2015 Harlem Book Fair...in a different way. This year we have deepened our relationships with our producing partners, allowing us an opportunity to redesign the entire layout of the book festival. I think you will be as excited as I am. I have included a street diagram within the attachment for your review.

 I have also included a submission form for the 2015 Wheatley Book Awards. The awards program, which will be highly publicized, will take place on the campus of Columbia University - adding to the prestige of the nominees and their titles. The Wheatley Awards are open to all books published in 2014.

 More importantly, I am asking for your program ideas so that you may better promote your work, either as a reading author, a panelist or a workshop leader. Please forward those ideas as soon as possible. While we have expanded our presentation venues, we are still working within limited time. The book fair will open to the public at 11:00 a.m. Our last indoor program begins at 5:00 p.m.

 Our preliminary website has been launched (www.harlembookfair.com) and is open, now, for advertising placement. You need not attend the festival to promote your book to the many who will visit, but registered exhibitors will benefit from a very generous discount (from already low pricing). We will also display your book for those who are unable to attend in person. Please email me at advertising@qbr.com for additional information.

 I am writing this at 11:30 p.m...probably not the best time to express my enthusiasm for this year's event! We have looked hard at what has worked and what has hindered the festival. This year we bring new voices, new partners, and a better Harlem Book Fair attendee experience, which I am certain, will translate into a better experience for you. And yes, we have lowered our prices...!

 I will be sending you periodic update but feel free to visit the site to check what's new.

 This is your first opportunity to secure your space at the 2015 Harlem Book Fair. I hope you will take advantage of the early registration pricing.

 While Marty Berg will field all of your registration questions, feel free to call or email (914.231.6778; mrod@qbr.com) with promotional questions. I promise to answer you personally. Thank you. We'[[ see you in July!

 Max Rodriguez, Publisher & Founder
QBR/The Black Book Review
Harlem Book Fair

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