2nd Annual Black History Month Internet Book Fair

The Black Authors Network (BAN) is dedicated to providing information to help black business owners and authors gain access to the global consumer and to helping promote the growth of black businesses and literature. The Black Authors Network, is here to bring people together, to create a dialogue, and share valuable resources. Our goal is to be the most informative networking group, serving the unique needs of African American authors, businesses, organizations, and concerned parents who wish to improve literacy and strengthen the image of the African American community.


2nd Annual Black History Month Internet Book Fair
“Give the Gift of Knowledge”
January 25 - March 7, 2009

Totally Online at the Black Authors Network Radio Show


Please join us for 42 nights of fun, wisdom, fellowship, and book previews, as well as author interviews. EDC Creations and the Sankofa Literary Society will host the annual Black History Month Internet Book Fair to bring together authors, community leaders and concerned citizens. You can participate nightly from the comforts of your home! The event is held totally online with nightly panel discussions, seminars, live readings from new book releases, community town hall meetings and open mic poetry nights.

Our theme is “Give the Gift of Knowledge.” We seek to bring together our modern day Griots to share with us the history of our people and to lead us into the future. Are you ready? Do you want to help us prepare an archive of African American legacies for your children? This is an open, community forum for all races and cultures. We will help create the very foundations of change by exercising unity!

The Griots’ of the past carried cultural knowledge and identity for the people.
The griot legacy stretches back for hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years. The griot is a relater of history – keeping track of the history and developments of his people over time. The griot is also guardian of the knowledge of his people’s ancestry, or genealogy. This history may never be written down so the griot is crucial to keeping the records of the past. Griots are also orators, lyricists and musicians and they train to excel in all three art forms. But the griot is also a counselor – giving advice and spiritual guidance to his people.  (Source:

This is a Community Event-We Need You!
We seek storytellers, librarians, historians, teachers, authors, motivational speakers, parents, our elders and community leaders to share with us their Gifts of Knowledge. We as a people have come a long way in the last 42 years, let’s celebrate together. Join us on the radio and our community blog for 42 nights of sheer literary bliss!  Readers, parents and community chatters join us for FREE nightly. 

Readers and authors will chat in our Black Authors Network event chat room during the day and talk to the featured speakers, on the phone with BAN members at night. Participants can win free books and prizes nightly. This is a FREE literary event for book lovers, community leaders, educators and parents. Spread the word to your friends, family and co-workers about this historic 6-week literary explosion. You are welcome to take part by blogging with us during the day and calling into the radio show each night.

Historic 42-Day Community Blogfest
Chat 24/7 on the BHM Event Blog
Black History Blogspot for event
Nightly Panel Discussion on Air for 42 Nights
Black Authors Network Radio Show
Join us at: 8pm-10pm EST
Call-in number: (646) 200-0402
Live Chat at:


Advertising Available for the Black History Month Event

Free Advertising Available
-- Submit free, well edited articles to the EDC Creations Magazine, read guidelines here.
-- Submit (2) books or promotional materials for baskets and giveaways by emailing Ella.
-- Join us in the Black Authors Network Chat room, visit during the shows here.
-- Create contests or giveaways to be aired on the BAN Radio Show, email Ella.


Mail all CDs, posters, donations, contest prizes and review copies of books to:

Ella D. Curry
EDC Creations
PO Box 7794
Langley Park, MD 20787




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