C&B BOOKS, was started in 1995, by Carol Rogers & Brenda Piper.The motivation behind this book business, was the lack of affordable books written by black authors.  We decided to become an asset to our Youth and the African American community in a whole.  We offer our books for less then the major stores, we knew this would provide our readers with a wider variety of reading material. We have, titles for all ages in all catagories, fiction, non-fiction, spiritual, inspirational, educational etc.

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4th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island A Huge Success, 2007 Harlem Book Fair Scheduled for September 29, 2007

4th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island A Huge Success. The 5th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island willl be held on (9/29/2007) SAVE THE DATE at The Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520

The 4th Annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island was held on Saturday, September 30, 2006, at Kennedy Park, 335 Greenwich Street, in Hempstead, New York. Housed in a huge tent on the park grounds, the book fair was a ?rain or shine? family event. The book fair opened at noon on Saturday and will closed at 6:00 p.m.

The community event was designed to promote literacy and literary endeavor on Long Island. It is also an opportunity for authors to encourage our youth and dialogue with the community. Nationally acclaimed author, Donna Hill, was among the many noted African American and Hispanic authors available for book-signing. There were panel discussions, readings, workshops, ?open mike? sessions, multi-cultural music and dance, and a variety of merchandise and food vendors. For the young people, a Children?s Pavilion was set-aside for children?s book authors, readings, a face painter, storytellers and other fun activities. Admission to the book fair was free.

The Harlem Book Fair, established in 1999 by Max Rodriguez, publisher of QBR The Black Book Review, has been held annually, in Harlem. Due to the Book Fair?s success and Mr. Rodriguez?s continued efforts to bridge the literary world and urban communities, the Book Fair has established venues across the country. The first Harlem Book Fair on Long Island debuted in 2003, in suburban Freeport, NY. San Diego, CA debuted in 2004, followed by Roxbury, MA and Buffalo, NY, in 2005. Hartford, CT debuts September 23, 2006, and the year 2007 will herald the first Harlem Book Fair in Canada.

The hosts of the Harlem Book Fair on Long Island for the calendar year 2006: The African Atlantic Genealogical Society, QBR the Black Book Review, the African American Museum and the Village of Hempstead; with the support of Verizon and Astoria Federal Savings. Other organizations on the Planning Committee are the Coordinating Agency for Spanish Americans (CASA), Nassau Literacy and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Visit the following links for more information on the 2007 Harlem Book Fair on Long Island.

Bookfair Page
Harlem Book Fair


Queens, New York - Jamaica Queens is Book Country on September 1, 2007 Self-Published Authors from around the US flocking to NYC

Queens, New York -Jamaica Queens is Book Country on September 1, 2007 Self-Published Authors from around the US flocking to NYC. In addition, the Queens Book Fair Committee has extended Deadline for Author Sign-up 2007 Queens Book Fair. Due to increasing demand the 2007 Queens Book Fair Committee is extending Author registration for the upcoming book fair August 10, 2007. The 2006 Queens Book Fair is anticipated to attract hundreds of people to NYC, and Piper and Rogers were counting on the event to introduce some writers to a bigger audience than they've ever enjoyed. The 3rd Annual Queens Book Fair will be held on September 1, 2007 at the Jamaica Market Harvest Room located at 90-40 160th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434. Visit www.queensbookfair.com for complete registration details.

"It was packed in 2005, and 2006 was well attended " Rogers said. "And I was shocked. It was rainy and we didn't think people would show up. But they still came out."

Due to the outstanding success of prior Queens Book Fairs Queens Borough President Helen Marshall presented Caroline Rogers - Founder / Brenda Piper [Cofounder) a proclamation lauding their achievement in bringing such a great literary event to the Borough of Queens.

To some degree, the women are all about taking chances. They started their book business almost by accident a decade ago, while selling gift baskets and floral arrangements at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Flea Market in Jamaica.

They began bringing used books from their own collections to sell at the market, selling out each week. A frequent customer soon asked if the pair could get their hands on books by other African-American authors.

"She asked how soon we could get them, and I said we'd have them for her the next Saturday," Rogers said. "And I thought, 'I don't know how I'm going to get these, but I'm going to find out.'"

Rogers, 44, not only supplied the requested books, but soon found herself fielding requests for work by other black writers. Within weeks, she and Piper were visiting distributor warehouses that stacked dozens of titles from tiny imprints around the country.

By 2001, the women sensed a revolution stirring in the African-American literary community. Sister Souljah's 1999 cautionary coming-of age novel "The Coldest Winter Ever" had reinvigorated an urban-literature market that had hibernated for decades, provoking a new generation of black writers to eschew the mythic glamour of drugs and violence.

Other genres took shape around the same time, including revenge melodramas, romance thrillers and inspirational memoirs about overcoming abuse, addiction and lives of crime.

"It's a whole industry booming within an industry," said Angela Wallace, whose self-published novel, "Secret Dramas," earned acclaim for its unique hybrid of soap opera and mob intrigue. "[Writers] are implementing their own imprints. As a result of that, they're bringing other black authors in under their umbrella. I think mainstream publishing is noticing that."

Amid this resurgence, Piper and Rogers established their own tiny umbrella on the Internet in 2002. C&B Books Distribution eventually opened a kiosk at Jamaica Market in October and introduced its newest location in a compact corner store in Flushing in January.

The partners built their stock through consignment deals with self-published authors, advising writers through labor-intensive processes such as mission statements, cover design, press releases and book signings.

While she tirelessly provides encouragement and advice, Piper, 53, insists that no book will sell without its author's own follow-through.

"They have to be willing to get out," she said. "They can't just drop their book at the store and expect the stores to sell their book. We have our own business to run."

But the women treat the Queens Book Fair like a community service as much as they do a business endeavor.

The event, which offered seminars and workshops for published and unpublished writers alike, kicked off with a networking breakfast to help forge partnerships in New York's independent literary scene. Readers had the chance to meet and solicit advice from their favorite authors, as well.

"Harlem and Brooklyn, they already have their recognition -- even the Bronx," Piper said. "Queens was very low-key, and it's just starting to blossom.

"The fair was very nice! I met some wonderful authors and walked away with a bag full of info on good books! They even had free food! As soon as I heard the announcer say free and food...LOL

Testimonial Queens Book Fair 2005

It was a rainy day outside but anytime you have a room full of books there is nothing but sunshine. My wrap got wet but it was worth it. :- ) Congrats ladies!!

Wanda D. Hudson Coming Soon - Wait For Love: A Black Girl's Story It's a Woman's World - www.extasybooks.com http://wandasway.blogspot.com

The word is out. A listener spotted Guilty Pleasures at the Queens Book Fair. She enjoyed the interview and purchased two copies of my novel. Thanks again for providing yet another platform for striving authors. ~Sonya Harris - Guilty Pleasures Books never go out of style!

Very nice article written up on you in Newsday. Thank you for throwing such a wonderful event and also for you commitment to the self-published authors. Nathaniel Portis Things In Between

Congratulations Carol & Brenda on your vision to host the Queens Book Fair and for being dedicated to assisting black authors, readers and lovers of the written word. When I say, "It is a blessing to have people like you in the literary community," I mean it from the center of my soul! I can't wait to come next year! Yasmin Shiraz www.yasminshiraz.net

Self-published authors from around the country are anticipated to participate in the upcoming Queens Book Fair 2007.

Authors are encouraged to register early.

Last year the Queens Book Fair was filled to capacity and we anticipate another great year for the Queens Book Fair.

Log on to www.queensbookfair.com today and contact us to get more information regarding the 2007 Queens Book Fair.


National Best Selling Author Georgia Woodbine launches Grab Your Destiny Tour at HBCU
National Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker & Coach Georgia Woodbine launches Grab Your Destiny Tour at Historically Black Colleges & Univerisites (HBCU). Georgia Woodbine is Author of National Best Selling Book How to Make Big Buck$ Without Selling Your Soul! Georgia's Woodbine's Grab Your Destiny Tour goal is to foster growth and development of students at HBCU. The lecture series are targeted for the Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 semesters.



Topics Include:
- How to Manifest Your Destiny
- The Art of Setting Goals
- How to Find Your Calling
- How to Idenify Your Career Path
- How to Effectively Market Yourself

About Georgia Woodbine: Dale Carnegie once said, ?The person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people?that person is headed for higher earning power.? Who would have thought that working in the fast-paced entertainment industry would lead to personal transformation and purpose to encourage, motivate, and empower others to implement their knowledge to live their dreams.

Sparking an inspirational phenomenon wherever she goes, national bestselling author/motivational speaker, and marketing expert - Georgia Woodbine shares her experiences, secrets to success and strategies from the entertainment industry that transitioned into her successful publishing company Spiritual Focus Publishing.

Ms. Woodbine is author of National Best Selling book ? How To Make Big Bucks Without Selling Your Soul?, and has produced audio CD?s ?Make it Happen? and ??Grab Your Destiny? as well as other motivational products that empower many in communities near and far.

Ms. Woodbine is one of the most sought after keynote speakers in the areas of personal, spiritual and business development. Ms. Woodbine has appeared on 98.7 Kiss FM Wake Up Club, Conversations With Mayor Ernest D. Davis, of Mt. Vernon, New York, , Air America Radio, 93.5FM, 90.3FM - other credits include, Mt. Vernon Inquirer, Star Ledger Newspaper, Hempstead Times, Black Star News, Roll Out Magazine Moving Forward Magazine, and many others. She has also been listed as one of the top ten books in 2006 by the #1 book club in the country.

Ms. Woodbine has appeared as a guest speaker at Georgian Court University , Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, Howard University, Megar Evers College, Black Expo New York, as well as a long list of other churches and network organizations, just to name a few. She has also seved as fellow panelist with other well renowned speakers such as: Dr. Dennis Kimbro, Dr. Farrah Gray and Terrie Williams.

Her credentials include 15 years of entrepreneurial business success as well as an extensive marketing background. She worked in the entertainment industry with over ten years of experience working for a variety of companies such as; Def Jam, PolyGram, WNYU Radio, WQHT-Hot 97, Black Enterprise Magazine, and the Apollo Theatre, where she honed her management, promotions, and marketing skills.

She has an amazing desire to be a servant for our Heavenly Father and touch the lives of millions through empowerment and inspiration. She wants to live by example and show others how to discover their inner strengths, tap into their spiritual power, and embrace their destiny.

To book National Best Selling Author Georgia Woodbine at your Historically Black College & University contact Phil Andrews, PA Public Relations Company at 718.380.2062 or email philandrews2001@yahoo.com or to purchase Georgia Woodbine's National Best Selling Book How to Make Big Buck$ Without Selling Your Soul! Log on to


Radio Host Nicole Stevenson

Radio Host Nicole Stevenson has had been awarded and recognized for her poetry. Her poetry is on over six sites...she is also former colunnist for Fireside Chat Story Time Tapestry, Where Are All The Good Men http://www.heartswithsoul.com/ newsletter. Straight Talk coffee magazine. Nicole Stevenson has done book reviews and band reviews as well as writing and contributing to several sites, and magazines. She was also, Opinion Editor for Vainqueer Teen magazine in Singapore!

Nicole Stevenson is the founder of First Cut's newsletter around since 2003 and currently working on an online magazine as well as upcoming anthology"UnBlock" which is bound to inspire many talents as well as bring the thought back to the established to create is to live".

Publications that published poetry

"I'm A Woman" in my August 10th magazine issue The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Ezine

Books
Gumbo For African American Soul
O.G by Lena Scott poetry used as the voice of one of the characters

Featured Poet
http://www.poetry4jesus.com/
http://www.mommytoo.com/
http://www.blackrefer.com/

Interviews made cover
Vainqueer Teens Interview with Playwright Wambui Bahati 2004
Disgold literary magazine interview with Author Donna Hill 2006

Print Interviews
sisterdivas magazine
Consciouness magazine
Heartswithsoul newsletter
First Cut online newsletter
Disgold magazine
AMAG
Let's Talk Honestly

Interviews Radio
Feel free to click on this link http://www.tangimiller.com/ check out interview with Actress/Producer Tangie Miller.

ZANE! AUTHOR & PUBLISHER

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