Answer: Host an authors’ festival. These legendary, award winning and noted authors will be part of Long Beach Public Library’s celebration of national library month. The Mayor of Long Beach, Mr. Bob Foster, will proclaim April 4, 2009 as Black Authors’ Festival Day. The proclamation will be presented during The Black Authors’ Festival in Long Beach. This historic festival is sponsored by award winning authors Sunny Nash and Aaron L. Day. This proclamation illuminates the efforts of great black authors and their contributions to the world of literature which are broad, vital, and significant.


The proclamation by the Mayor’s Office will only be one piece of the festival. The accomplishments, and contributions to the world of literature, by Dr. Maya Angelou, and Professor John Hope Franklin, will be honored at this first event. “Black writings and expression need to be recognized because of what it has accomplished. This is an historical moment that is larger than an idea, a philosophy, or one single person” said author MG Hardie, who initiated the proclamation.


The Long Beach Black Authors’ Festival will deliver an exciting day full of substantive and lively interactions with outstanding writers of all genres. These events is free to the public and allows attendees and fans the opportunity to engage with a wide array or authors, have their books signed, ask questions, and learn more about the writing and publishing process.


Scheduled to appear:

Autrilla Watkins Scott – ‘Stories From The Past’ and the first Long Beach African American to have a street named in her honor and Bill Clinton’s babysitter.

Doris Topsy-Elvord‘No Mountain High Enough’ and the first African American woman to be elected to the Long Beach City Council; the first female Long Beach Vice Mayor. (978-0943233987)

Bobbie Smith ‘Breaking Through, Lighting The Way‘ (Carolyn Smith Watts) a book celebrating women a collection of historical profiles of twelve African American women who have made a difference by being firsts in their fields.

Marie Treadwell- ‘Untold Legacies’ the pictorial history of Long Beach 1900-2000 and beyond.

Karen HarperMary Dell Butler-Making a Difference‘ and author of many noted romantic suspense, mystery novels.

Evelyn Knight‘Freedom & Sacrifice’

Phyllis VenableThe Heritage of African Americans In Long Beach’

Aaron L. Day – ‘History Lessons’. Aaron L. Day’s books have included genealogy/reference guides, essays, poems, and short stories about ethical questions, moral dilemmas, history, and special people. (978-0741424433)


Ernest McBride, Jr. – ‘Fighting For The People will explore the civil rights leader’s personal, professional and political life of a civil rights pioneer.


Anthony Parnell– ‘The 7 Laws of Stress Management/ Healing Through Writing’ has introduced concepts centered on writing as a tool for facilitating personal and organizational growth with solution-oriented philosophy for addressing complex problems. (978-0595456604, 978-0595346424)


Rufus Butler – ‘Black Energy’ author and creator of ground breaking entertaining books for children of all ages such as, Gallop and Swing!


Naomi Rainey‘Family Tree/Love Peace & Harmony,’ (Otis G. Sanders).


Darick J. Simpson‘Who Will Be There’ This artist mixes spoken word with a smooth jazz flavor on the subject of unconditional love in relationships of all kind.

MG Hardie – ‘EveryDay Life’ the raw, terribly smart, humorous, political hip hop book. (978-1605940366)  

Lacey C. Clark – ‘Celebrate HER Now!An Interactive Guide to Loving Ourselves and Embracing Female Youth of the Hip-Hop Generation. (978-1-4116-8591-8)


Stephanie Butler‘My Body Is The Temple: Encounters and Revelations of Sacred Dance & Artistry‘ specializes in teaching on the spiritual disciplines, principles, and techniques of liturgical and prophetic dance, biblical dream interpretation, and spiritual warfare in a radically unique way. (978-1591601203)

Paul Craft – ‘Christ Second Baptist Church: Centennial Yearbook 

Barnes & Noble– ‘Bigmamma Didn’t Shop At Woolworths’


This historic festival will be held in the auditorium lobby with book signing from 12-4 p.m. with a program from 1-230 p.m. The Long Beach authors’ festival will truly have something for everyone featuring autobiographies, children’s books, empowerment, history books, inspirational a play, pictorials, self-help, spoken word, success stories and urban titles.


For more information contact Long Beach Public Library  (562) 570-7500

For more information:

Contact: Co-Presenter, Aaron L. Day (562) 634-6708 or email:

Contact: Co-Presenter, Sunny Nash (562) 951-9309 or email: