Sponsored by the African American Museum of Dallas, the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair marks its 18th year with three special events:
The Sutton E. Griggs Awards dinner which honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions in literature in the spirit of Rev. Sutton E. Griggs. This year’s honoree is Julienne Malveaux, esteemed economist, author, social and political commentator, and businesswoman.
The awards banquet will be held at the museum on August 18 at 7pm. Tickets are $75.00 each and available at aamdallas.org.
The book fair is a free event held at the museum on August 19 from noon to 4:00 p.m. and will feature local authors, events for children, and a closing presentation at 3:00 p.m. by Ms. Malveaux. Other nationally known authors featured at the event will be the following: Ibi Zoboi, Haitian-American author of young adult fiction. She is best known for her young adult novel American Street, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young Adult's Literature in 2017.
Gordon James, award-winning illustrator of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes, for which Gordon James received a Caldecott Honor medal, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award, and an Ezra Jack Keats Honor award, among others.
Bakari Kitwana, author of Hip Hop Activism in the Obama Era. He is a journalist, activist, and political analyst whose commentary on politics and youth culture have been seen on a variety of national media outlets. Kitwana has been a consultant on hip-hop for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Artist-in-Residence at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, and senior editor of newsone.com (the internet news presence of Radio One).
Further information about the book fair can be obtained at aamdallas.org.