Countee Cullen Library

Harlem Book Fair Panel Discussions
Venue: Countee Cullen Auditorium
             104 West 136th Street @ Malcolm X Blvd.

NOTE: All participants subject to change. Check website for updates.
Panel discussions are free but require on-site registration for seating.
No on-line registration allowed.

1c. Picture This: Comics and Graphic Novels Break Out
Location: Countee Cullen Auditorium
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m

Moderator: Alex Simmons, (Blackjack: Second Bite of the Cobra)

Sandra Payne, Librarian, New York Public Library; William Foster, authority on the images and roles of blacks in comics and the comics industry; Torsten Adair, Graphic novel buyer at the Lincoln Center B&N; Ali Kokmen, Anime/Manga, former Sales and marketing director at anime distributor and manga publisher Central Park Media.

This panel discusses the evolution, popularity, and growth of comics and graphic novels in the book market. Touted as the bridge niche market between young adult readers and print novels, adult-themed comics and graphic novels are steadily carving a market of new readers. Is this a fad, a trend, or just old comics books with modern covers? And, why are we still waiting for black superheroes?

2c. Children's Book Writing: Impacting Young Readers through Words and Images
Location: Countee Cullen Auditorium
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Moderator: Cheryl Willis Hudson, Co-Founder, Just Us Books

Panelist: Walter Dean Myers (Street Love), Eloise Greenfield (The Friendly Four), Jan Spivey Gilchrist (The Friendly Four, Illustrator),

This illustrious panel of writers discusses the importance of writing stories and illustrating art for the youth market. Having successfully dedicated their lives to producing the highest quality in writing and art, they discuss the state of black youth, why they write and art into this market, and what they see as their role in assuring the availability of positive images on the market.

 3c. Writing the Diaspora: Emerging Authors from the Black Writing World
Location: Countee Cullen Auditorium
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Moderator: Krishan Trotman (Atria Books)

Panelist: Maria Elena John (Unburnable), Eisa Nefertari Ulen (Crystelle Mourning), Esther Armah (Can I Be Me?), Judy Powell (Hot Summer), Rosalind McLymont (Middle Ground)

Five writers, representing writing from throughout the Diaspora, share their meaning of life from the perspective of their cultural experiences and their writing.

4c. Writing Across the Color Line
Location: Countee Cullen Auditorium
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Moderator: TK

Panelist: Erica Turnipseed (Hunger), Kim McLarin (Jump at the Sun), Kevin Baker (Strivers Row), Jaime Manrique (Our Lives Are The Rivers)

Black writers constantly work against stereotype. White writers do as well. What are the challenges for those writers who attempt to expand their reader market? What devices do they use, and are they successful? Are readers at all interested in an inclusive worldview? What do market numbers say about this?