Notes On The Harlem Book Fair
Following up on the Harlem Book Fair, here are some of the write-ups I found.
First, from The Ride: To be fair (no pun intended), there are really two Harlem Book Fairs - one that takes place outside on 135th Street between 5th Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and the other which takes place inside the esteemed Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture where noted scholars/authors/intellectuals discuss the larger more complex issues facing African Americans the audience of which is comprised mainly of middle/upper middle class blacks over the age of 35.
Second, Kyle, aka Writer X writes: [T]his year was more troublesome in the sense that I really felt like I was drowning in the tension between the commercial and "girlfriend" fiction booksellers and some older attendees and some of the more "educated" crowd."
Third, author Leila Jefferson writes: OMG!!! That is my initial reaction, lol...it was a great experience!! I was disapppointed I didn't get to walk around and check out everything else that was going on, but I guess I'll get that chance eventually...so many people came by and showed me and my fellow Pilot authors so much love!!
Finally, Ferentz Lafargue writes on The Night Shift Chronicles: This split provided for one of the more entertaining observations for the day. Inside the Schomburg figures such as former congressman J.C. Watts, Walter Mosley, and current congressman Charles Rangel opined in front of the c-span cameras. Meanwhile, outside on 135th a number of the literary entrepreneurs were seen staging their own press-conferences, compiling footage for what they will surely use on sites such as myspace, youtube and other promotional outlets.