6th Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair Celebration

Pipeline Newsletter

The Sacramento Black Book Fair kicked off its 6th Annual event earlier this month in Oak Park and brought together African American authors and artists from all over to the community. This highly anticipated h two-day event included a panel discussion among featured authors, book signings, cultural and food vendors, children’s activities, poetry readings, art displays, and so much more. This year’s theme, “Creating a Legacy,” directly related to the dream and vision of Underground Books – an avid supporter and participant in the annual celebration that is dedicated to preserving African American history and culture through literacy for generations to come!

The Sacramento Black Book Fair kicked off the evening of May 31st with a reception hosted by Mother Rose and Underground Books. After the reception, attendees moved to the Guild Theater where they were enlightened by a panel of four featured authors: Bill Fletcher, Isaac Serwanga, Christene Browne, and Minerva Stewart.  The panel discussion was followed by a reception at The Brick House Art Gallery.

On Saturday, June 1st, the Book Fair held talks by each of the featured authors at the Guild. At noon, writers’ circles and workshops were held at four separate venues: Underground Books, The Brick House Art Gallery, The Women’s Civic Improvement Club Center, and the AKA House.  Over thirty authors, as well as general attendees, participated in those events. 

Additionally, the grounds of The Brick House Art Gallery were transformed into a Kid Zone, which featured reading, writing, drawing, coloring, and other hands-on activities for children accompanied by parents and friends. 

Thirty-sixth Street was blocked off from Broadway to 3rd Avenue. The street was filled with vendors of all kinds: food, books, clothing, crafts, information and employment booths. The blocked off area also included live entertainers, singers, musicians, spoken work artists, and dancers from noon until 4:30 pm. 

 Participants shared throughout that this year’s Book Fair was the best ever. For more information, visit the SBBF website: https://www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com