The fest returns for its 17th year, bringing an interactive community gathering and cultural celebration of African American writers and their work through literary-based programming that includes author talks, book discussions, pop culture conversations, children's activities, and a vendor marketplace. Highlights include special guests Kwame Alexander
, a New York Times
bestselling author and multiple award-winning poet, producer, and educator, and Gayle Jessup White
, former NYT
journalist and current author and community engagement officer at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s legendary estate.