*Eric Jerome Dickey, best selling author of romance novels, joins the stellar list of authors slated for the fourth annual Leimert Park Village (Los Angeles) Book Fair, set for Saturday, June 26, 2010.
Dickey is the author of 16 novels, 11 of which have been New York Times bestsellers, including his latest offering, “Resurrecting Midnight,” a thriller set amidst the exotic and vibrant streets of Miami and Buenos Aires.
He is also the author of a six-issue miniseries of comic books for Marvel Enterprises, featuring X-men’s Storm and the Black Panther. His novel, “Naughty or Nice” has been optioned by Lionsgate Films. His next novel, “Tempted by Trouble” is set for release in August 2010.
Dickey’s books have consistently held positions on national and regional bestseller lists, including Blackboard Bestsellers List, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He’s nabbed multiple nominations for an NAACP Image Awards in the category of Outstanding Literary Work. Dickey has made a name for himself as “one of the few kings of popular African-American fiction for women,” according to the New York Times.
“We are absolutely thrilled and excited that Mr. Dickey is joining us,” said executive producer and founder of the Leimert Park Village Book Fair. “He is one of our shining stars in literature, and one of the most-read African American writers in the United States. Avid readers and new fans alike will have a wonderful chance to meet and greet this great American author.”
More than 150 authors, poets, spoken word performers, artists, and celebrities are confirmed to participate in the day’s activities. In addition to Eric Jerome Dickey, other highlight participants include Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas A. Blackmon, Emmy-nominated music director Rickey Minor of “American Idol” and now the “The Tonight Show,” prominent literary giant Ishmael Reed, advertising guru Tom Burrell, and business mogul & founder of the FUBU collection Daymond John as well as Nene Leakes from Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” All will be on hand to meet and great festival attendees as well as sign copies of their latest works. Also, multi-talented actress and author Kim Wayans of the Wayans entertainment family has been named as the 2010 Ambassador.
And more than 5,000 enthusiastic book lovers, families and fans will be treated to celebrity readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, and musical entertainment for the whole family – all encouraging reading, writing and literacy in the African American community. Plus, in the Children’s Village, sponsored by Nestle USA, kids will enjoy a crafts pavilion, celebrity storytelling, face-painting, book give-a-ways and more. A Healthy Food Preparation Pavilion, sponsored by The Gas Company, will feature cooking demonstrations and food sampling by noted Bay area Chef Bryant Terry and local favorites Chefs Sharon Winbush and Kevin Smith.
Founded and produced by Cynthia E. Exum and Associates in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District and in association with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Eso Won Books, the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book fair is a family-oriented event held in the heart of Leimert Park. Corporate Sponsors include Nestle USA, The Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, Xerox Community Involvement Program, Strategic Counsel PLC, McDonalds and KABC-Channel 7 with additional support from community partners – the Leimert Park Village Business Improvement Association, the Leimert Park Village Merchant’s Association and the Walt Disney Company. Additional information can be found at the book fair’s official website: www.leimertparkbookfair.com.
The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Leimert Park on the Vision Theatre Back lot, located at 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard. The family-oriented event is held in the heart of Leimert Park, which is considered the center of the African American arts/intellectual scene. The event is free and open to the public.
“Whether you’re coming out to meet your favorite author or discover new ones, the fourth annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will have something for everyone !”added Exum.
More Eric Jerome Dickey sightings:
During the book fair, best-selling novelist Eric Jerome Dickey will also visit Eso Won Books located at 4331 Degnan Boulevard in Leimert Park and for a Q & A and book signing at 1:30 p.m.
Want to Go?
Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Saturday, June 26, 2010
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Leimert Park | Vision Theatre Back lot | 43rd Street and Degnan Boulevard
The event is free and open to the public.
The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will feature iconoclast interviews, booksignings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances, musical entertainment and a variety of activities for the whole family. Plus, in the Children’s Village, kids will enjoy a crafts pavilion, celebrity storytelling, face-painting, book give-aways and more.
Wyllisa Bennett, publicist
wrb public relations