5.24.2012

EVENT ALERT: AMBER BOOKS TO FEATURE MICHAEL BAISDEN & ZANE AT BOOK EXPO AMERICA RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING, JUNE 6 at JACOB JAVITS CENTER



by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

The BookExpo America at the Javits Center will have will be the sight of a gala reception as Amber Communications Group Inc (ACGI) hosts a special "Welcome to BookExpo America Michael Baisden" Reception and Booksigning.

Baisden, the internationally renowned author, radio and TV talk show personality, along with Zane and the Strebor Books Legacy, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, on Wednesday, June 6, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The center of attraction will be the AGCI African American Pavilion Booth #3486.


According to Simon & Schuster, Michael Baisden is “probably the most successful self-published African American male author out there today,” with such titles as "Never Satisfied: How and Why Men Cheat", "Men Cry in the Dark", "The Maintenance Man", "God's Gift to Women" and most recently a hot new book “Never Satisfied: Do Men Know What They Want?” - - nearly 2 million books in print both hard and soft cover. Two of his titles were adapted into stage plays playing to sold out crowds across the US.

He is also one of the most widely listened to and influential broadcast personalities in the history of radio. Considered a people magnet, he has redefined both the broadcast and publishing industry records. His books, like his talk shows, are a blend of entertainment, humor, provocative subjects, sexuality and wisdom. His ratings have consistantly been at the top of the charts. He is currently in 78 markets nationally, and has over 8 million loyal listeners daily who tune in to the conversation, which is a mix of relationship talk/advice, hot topics, politics, coupled with “Old School” and today's R&B music. He's a triple treat of education, entertainment and enlightenment. In 2007 he partnered with TV One to host and co-produce “Baisden After Dark.” The hit show features band leader Morris Day and comedian George Wilborn, and airs daily on the TV One Network.

Zane, a New York Times Best-Selling Author, broke all records and is now the largest selling author of her genre in the world! Indeed, Swiss Public Television produced a documentary entitled “Zane: Queen of Erotica,” in honor of her ability to cross age and gender lines with the popular books on sex and erotica. Her company, Strebor Books International, is dedicated to publishing a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books, and to finding and developing the careers of cutting edged authors who take risks with their stories.

Zane's rise from a self-published grass roots author, to one who now holds a major place in Simon and Schuster in less than five years, she has become the inspiration and beacon for others seeking to find their voice and make their mark in the world of new age literature, where no subject is sacred. As Creator, Scriptwriter and Executive Producer of "Zane's Sex Chronicles," the highly rated Cinemax series based loosely on her real life, and the upcoming "Zane's The Jump Off," premiering on Cinemax Spring 2013, she shows the rest of the world how to go from dreaming and wishing to being and doing. She is currently writing two feature film screenplays, a broadway musical, and her novel "Addicted" is scheduled to be filmed this summer by Lionsgate. It's clear that Zane knows and understands what will be "the next big thing" as proven with her own success.

A formidable foe of domestic violence, she dealt with its effects on children in her book, "Breaking the Cycle," which was the 2006 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literature. She was featured in the HBO documentary "The Black List," which examined the lives of African-American “overachievers” like Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, Russell Simmons, Sean "Puffy" Combs, and Chris Rock.

BookExpo America, one of the largest book trade exhibits in the world, provides independent African American book publishers, self publishers, authors, Black Interest Imprints at major publishing houses, distributors, literary agents, publicists, librarians and bookstore owners exposure to 20,561 book buyers and booksellers from across the globe. The three-day book expo takes place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City June 5th - 7th 2012.

Tony Rose, Amber Communications Group International (ACGI)'s Publisher/CEO,
founded the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America (BEA) in 2004. Since then he has featured special guest appearances by Magic Johnson, Haki Madhubuti, Wesley Snipes, Tavis Smiley, Tom Joyner, Zane, Kassahun Checole, W. Paul Coates, George Fraser, Omarosa, Sybil Wilkes, Flava Flav, Coach Tony Dungee, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Terrie Williams, Dr. Steve Perry (CNN & Random House), Max Rodriguez (The Harlem Book Fair) and Annette Thomas (NAACP Image Awards Literary Coordinator), to name a few.

Now in its 9th year, Amber Communication Group, Inc.'s African American Pavilion Booth at BEA, will showcase African American books, authors, products and publishers, providing. great opportunities to learn, share, educate, sell and network.

Along with Michael Baisden and Zane, the 2012 invited guests will include: Book Industry Leaders - Carol Mackey (Black Expressions Book Club), Troy Johnson (AALBC), Ron Kavanaugh (Mosaic Books), Malaika Adero (Atria Books/Simon and Schuster), Dawn Davis (Armistad Press / Harper Collins), Judith Curr (Atria Books/Simon and Schuster), , Cheryl Woodruf (Smiley Books), LaToya Smith (Grand Central Publishing), Dante Lee (Diversity City Media), Dr. Farrah Grey (Philanthropist), Wade and Cheryl Hudson (Just Us Books), Clara Villarosa, Lesleigh Underwood (Kensington Press), Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati (Publicist) and Selena James (Kensington Press).

Authors will include: Mary B. Morrison, Omar Tyre, Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, Mary Monroe, Victoria Christopher Murray, Irene Smalls, Kevin Johnson, Bruce George, Lynette Velasco, Renee Flagler, Denroy Morgan, Levar Fisher, and many others

ACGI's 2012 African American Pavilion Authors include: Kevin M. Weeks (Is It Passion or Revenge? and Is It Rags or Riches?); Alexandra Barbot (Dusable-Pirate Son City Founder); T.L. Blythers (Mika Dika-Foster Kid); Denise Bolds (Raising Princes to Be Kings); Ann DeWitt and Kevin M. Weeks (Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story); Clarence English (R&B Hip Hop poetry); Artie Fletcher (Comedy On the Road); Sandra Gittens (Ophella's Rooms); C JH Griffin (Lyrics On Matters relating to Stepping Sones and Understanding God's Kingdom); Don Logan (Targeted Delivery: Destination Scottsdale, Arizona); Dr. Russell Razzaque (Obama Karma); Synthia SAINT JAMES (Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing); Lisa Smiley (The Black Womans Blues) Marian Styles-McClintock (But Isn't This What We're S'posed To Do) and Ernie Webb (Rescuing America! We Are Taking Her Back and Joshua Freeman); James Tanner (My Girl Got A Girlfriend); and Darrell King (Deadly Phine), Dorothy Pitman-Hughes (I'm Just Saying: It Looks Like Ethnic Cleansing), with more to be announced.

For additional information log on to: WWW.AFRICANAMERICANPAVILION.COM


Following the booksigning, Londel's Supper Club, will host the the "6th Annual Black Pack Party," for Book Industry Professionals and Authors, Wednesday June 6th, 6-9pm; 2620 Frederick Douglas Blvd (at 140th St) Harlem, NYC. © GDW###

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