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

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 African American image in our community.


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!

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 their 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 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:

Weekly Themes for the Black History Month Book Fair
Join us on the Black Authors Network Blog to chat 24/7 about the weekly topics.

Week 1: How To Publish, Market And Promote Our Literature
Week 2: African American Pride And Traditions
Week 3: Black Love And Relationships
Week 4: Living Your Best Life
Week 5: Politics, Prose And Poetry
Week 6: Celebrating Our African American Female Leaders

Black History Month Nightly Spotlights
Join us each night, for six weeks, on The BAN Radio Show to discuss the following topics.

Feb. 1, Book Club Presidents Showcase
Feb. 2, Yes, We Did and Historical Books
Feb. 3, Heritage and Culture Panel Discussion
Feb. 4, Essence Bestseller Showcase- How Did You Do It?
Feb. 5, Multi-Cultural Books and E-books
Feb. 6, Romance and Romantic Suspense Novels
Feb. 7, Erotica and Sensual Poetry
Feb. 8, Healthy Living: Goal Setting, Financial Literacy and Career Choices
Feb. 9, How to Self-publish Correctly
Feb. 10, Book Publicity and Promotions
Feb. 11, Building Media Relationships
Feb. 12, Thrillers, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mystery
Feb. 13, Urban and Street Lit--Black Love Showcase
Feb. 14, Sexy Poetry and Erotica -- Happy Valentines!
Feb. 15, Book Club Shout Outs, Live Readings-Fiction
Feb. 16, Christian Fiction Showcase and Readings
Feb. 17, Non-Fiction, Biographies, Self-help Books
Feb. 18, Healthy Living: Fitness, Diet, and Health Books
Feb. 19, Teen Lit and Children Authors
Feb. 20, Alternate Sexual Lifestyles, Gay and Lesbian Books
Feb. 21, Open Mic Poetry Jam
Feb. 22, New Releases 2009, Best Blog and Social Network Builders
Feb. 23, Christian and Motivational Showcase
Feb. 24, All Male Authors and Live Readings
Feb. 25, Sensual Black Women and Live Readings
Feb. 26, Internet Marketing and Promotions, Meet the Leaders
Feb. 27, Lesbian Literature and Poetry Showcase
Feb. 28, Spoken Word Artist Contest
Mar. 1, My Book is Out Open Call
Mar. 2, Women of Christian Literature and Networks
Mar. 3, Community Leaders Showcase, Everyday Heroes
Mar. 4, Women of Non-fiction, Educational and Finance Books
Mar. 5, Book Club Showcase and Fiction Authors
Mar. 6, Women of Romance and Poetry
Mar. 7, Close of Book Fair, thanking all guest and co-hosts

Black Authors Network Radio Show
Meet us Every Night of the Event at: 9pm-10pm EST

Call-in number: (646)200-0402

Chat live with the guests in our chat room during the show. Registered BlogTalk Radio users are eligible to win FREE books! The chat rook will be open EVERY night of the event. Promote your book or business for free in the chat room.   Chat room open nightly:


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 cashier's checks, contest prizes and review copies of books to:

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


Link Promotion on BHM Event Blog--$10.00 (6 months)
Your link listed down all the main pages; in exchange for this low price, we ask that the EDC Creations link become listed on your website or blog for 6 months. We will take your link down in 7 days, if we do not see our link on your site or blog. Email Ella when it is posted to your site.
Here is the link and name: EDC Creations Media Group

Commercials Aired on BAN Radio Show--$25.00 (3 times)
Aired 3 times in one week; Client creates 1 min. audio mp3 file; Podsafe music only-no copyrighted music! Audio can be for a event, book or business. Must be of high quality. Reserve the right to refuse recordings based on quality and background music.
Business Banner Ads on Event Blog--$25.00
Banner placed at the top of site for 14 days. Link to your site or bookseller
Pre-designed, Size: 468 x 80 Full Banner or 250 x 250 square see example

Book Cover Ads on Event Blog or EDC Creations Magazine--$45.00
Book cover displayed down the sidebar for 45 days. Link to your site or bookseller

Pre-designed, Size: 185 x 278 (no larger) see example

Full Page Book Spotlight on Event Blog--$65.00
Large book cover graphic or e-flyer; Book preview; Video Trailer; Link to Bookseller
Page stays on the blog for 4 months; written interview can be included.

To purchase advertising on the BAN Blog and event site, visit the EDC Creations' payment center above and make the payment with Paypal or your credit card.  No refunds or exchanges of services!

Materials Needed to Advertise
-- Title of the book, business or product and author's name
-- Image of book, product or banner
-- List of website links to videos, book seller and main website
-- Html code to book video trailers or slideshows
-- One paragraph of text describing the advertised product, book or business

Include all information in the body of an email only. Do not send .pdf files. Attach all images to the email. Label the subject line in all email:  Black History Month Book Fair Ad.

Email Ella with all the materials to complete your project:


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