Founded in 1992 at the time that Terry McMillan's "Waiting to Exhale" was just hitting the market, QBR is the first national book review exclusively dedicated to books about the African experience. In its pages you will find fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's books, health and lifestyle management, writers from Africa and the Caribbean--the whole of the Diaspora, the whole of our experience. How do you know who the newest authors are? How do you know what to read? Do you still wait for second hand "word of mouth" recommendations for the books you read? How do you know which books are good for your children? QBR is your reliable source for what is current in Black books.
QBR also produces the Harlem Book Fair, the largest African American book Fair nationally, held annually in New York City and throughout the United States. The Harlem Book Fair, which free to the public, features over 250 exhibit booths, four stages, celebrity authors, book selling, storytelling and a variety of musical entertainment. The program of activities includes an opportunity for attendees to be a part of the studio audience for the author panel discussions that take place at the Schomburg Center for Research and air live on C-Span's Book TV.
Authors will offer their perspectives on relationships, health, finance, music, politics, street fiction, the state of black publishing, as well as provide tips on how to become a successful published author.
This is why QBR The Black Book Review and the Harlem Book Fair were born - to inform, enlighten, and entertain. In the wings there are hundreds of talented and committed writers who only need "the word" spread about their work. QBR and the Harlem Book Fair will be the first word on books by and about the black experience. This is our mission.