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Grand Hyatt Atlanta (Buckhead)
3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

(Deadline for conference registration was August 1.  THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION OR MEAL PAYMENTS)

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Thursday, August 10


Meet & Greet- First Time Attendees & New Members (Invitation Only)

Join us for coffee and conversation with the BCALA leadership and conference planners.  This is your chance to talk to our leaders one on one.  Bring your questions, concerns and ideas.


Tips On Using SCHED.COM
We are proud to offer attendees for the first time at NCAAL 10, an online conference planning tool.  SCHED.COM is an event platform that will allow attendees to manage all critical conference details in one place and automatically keep everything in sync.  Conference attendees will have access via any mobile device.

Learn more about it.


Tips On Using SCHED.COM
We are proud to offer attendees for the first time at NCAAL10, an online conference planning tool.  SCHED.COM is an event platform that will allow attendees to manage all critical conference details in one place and automatically keep everything in sync.  Conference attendees will have access via any mobile device.

Learn more about it.


Authors/Illustrators Pavilion Kick Off

We will kick off the opening of the Authors/ Illustrators Pavilion, a favorite conference destination that brings authors and illustrator together with attendees.  Get a first look the all the talent as we feature the renowned illustrator Jerry Pinkney.

Authors/ Illustrators Pavilion will showcase some of the best and the brightest from the literary community. The authors and Illustrators will have the opportunity to meet fans, sign books, present a book reading or participate in a panel within the Pavilion. Immediately, following their presentations book signings will take place.

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Jerry Pinkney

Children's Illustrator
Jerry Pinkney is one of the most highly acclaimed children’s book illustrators in America. A native of Philadelphia, he studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books... Read More →


Opening Session

The opening session will be convened by BCALA President Denyvetta Davis, who will welcome all attendees to the conference.  Welcoming remarks will also be given by Dr. John Eaves, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commission and a representative from the City of Atlanta.  The keynote address will be delivered Tom Joyner,   legendary radio personality, entrepreneur and philanthropist. The opening session is free for all individuals registered for the 10th National Conference of African American Librarians.

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Tom Joyner

Keynote Speaker
Legendary radio personality, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Tom Joyner is one of the most recognized media icons of today. Host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Tom JoynerMorning Show, Tom empowers, educates and entertains nearly eight million listeners each week in... Read More →

Thursday August 10, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grand Hyatt Buckhead 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305


Exhibits Grand Opening

Join your colleagues as you settle in for a conference.  Meet your friends and exhibitors during this uncontested time and begin 4 days of networking and socializing.  Light refreshments at stations throughout exhibits.


Thursday August 10, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Hyatt Buckhead 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305


Opening Reception & Literary Awards Ceremony
Come celebrate the kick-off of our conference and connect with colleagues.  You will experience Atlanta’s southern hospitality as we welcome you to bedrock of the Civil Rights Movement.  Network your way through an evening of music, food and friendly conversation.  Enjoy the BCALA Literary Awards Ceremony and meet the new awardees.

The Black Caucus presents four Literary Awards:  first novelist, adult fiction, nonfiction and adult poetry.  A citation for outstanding contribution to publishing or for outstanding African American literature is also given each year. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.   In 2016 the BCALA/BiblioBoard Self-Publishing EBook Award was added and honors the best self-published EBooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S.

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Natashia Deon

The winner of the BCALA 1st Novelist Award for Grace: a Novel (Counterpoint Press). Deón currently teaches law at Trinity Law School and Mount St. Mary’s College.
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Monique Ferrell

The winner of BCALA’s Honor Book for Best Poetry Award for Attraversiamo : let’s cross over (NYQ Books).Ms. Ferrell is a professor of English and teaches Literature, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Composition in New York City.
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Jacqueline Nicole Harris

BCALA and BibloBoard 2017 e-book Self-Publishing Literary Poetry Award for On Life (Create Space Publishing).Ms. Harris is a poet, writer, blogger and currently lives in North Chicago, IL.
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Tyehimba Jess

The BCALA Literary Awards Committee presents the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation Tyehimba Jess for Olio (Wave Books). Tyehimba Jess is a Cave Canem and New York University Alumni and an Associate Professor of English at the College of Staten Island.
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Tracy Chiles McGhee

BCALA and BibloBoard 2017 e-book Self-Publishing Literary Awards Honor Book Winner for Fiction for Melting the Blues (Gold Fern Press). Ms. McGhee currently resides in Washington, DC where she works in education.
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Monique Morris

The winner of BCALA’s Honor Book/ Nonfiction for Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools(The New Press). Dr. Morris is currently an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary's College of California.
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Brooke Obie

BCALA and BibloBoard 2017 e-book Self-Publishing Literary Awards Winner/ Fiction for Book of Addis: Cradled Embers: a Novel (For the People Press)Brooke is a writer and editor who lives in Harlem. She is currently working on the sequel to her debut novel Book of Addis.
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Margot Lee Shetterly

The winner in the Nonfiction category for Hidden Figures: the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.Shetterly is a writer who grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in Hidden Figures. She lives in... Read More →
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Clint Smith

The winner for BCALA’s Best Poetry Award For Counting Descent: Poems(Write Bloody Publishing).Mr. Smith was born and raised in New Orleans and is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University.

Friday, August 11


Afternoon Tea with Retirees

Come out to mix, mingle and make connections with old friends and colleagues.  This is a great opportunity to catch up in an informal environment.   Light refreshments will be served.

Door Prices!!! Drawings!!! Giveaways!!!

Friday August 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Hyatt Buckhead 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305


Reception -Woodruff Library Atlanta University

Robert Woodruff Library CEO, Loretta Parham will host a reception and honor former Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies Alumni.   Join us in this celebration in an award winning library.  Open to all registered attendees.

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Loretta Parham

Honorary, Local Arrangments Co-Chair
Loretta Parham is the CEO/Library Director of the Atlanta university Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library. She is highly respected by the library and higher education communities as she worked to transform the Robert W. Woodruff Library, shared by Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational... Read More →

Saturday, August 12


Exhibits Closing

Take one last look around the exhibits, network with vendors and colleagues, and be present to win at the prize drawing during this social reception. Refreshments will be provided.

Saturday August 12, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm


Red Carpet Affair
Join us in the pre-function area as our current and past presidents take to the red carpet.  Bring your cameras and cell phones,  It will certainily be a moment worth capturing.  No tickets needed to observe this "Red Carpet Affair".        

Alexis Scott, Publisher Emerita Atlanta Daily World and Political Commentator, Georgia Gang,Fox 5 Atlanta will serve as our guest announcer.


Sunday, August 13


Closing Session – Gospel Brunch

We will close our conference with a stirring “Gospel Brunch”.  We want to lift up our faith and acknowledge its connection to our life’s work.  We need faith to navigate the joys, trials and tribulations found in daily life. This “Gospel Brunch” will reenergize and strengthen you to return home with a deeper commitment to service.  Enjoy performances of God's Dancing Angels from Central United Methodist Church and gospel recording artist, Voncile Belcher.

You should be prepared for an electrifying message from Dr. Bernice A.King.

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Dr. Bernice A. King

Chief Executive Officer, The King Center
Dr. Bernice A. King is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother, in 1968. She was appointed to this position in January 2012 by the Board of Trustees.Nationally and internationally known as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing... Read More →

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Lady Voncile Belcher

Voncile Belcher is an Atlanta gospel recording artist. In 1985 she moved to city and became a member Georgia Mass Choir. Her versatility won her acclaim as she portrayed the “Old Lady” on the track “Look Where He Brought Me From”. This track was on the GMC album entitled... Read More →

Sunday August 13, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
Grand Hyatt Buckhead 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

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