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Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Literacy Festival

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Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair and Literacy Festival

August 19 @ 12:00 pm - August 20 @ 4:00 pm

After a two-year hiatus, the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair – the Southwest African American experience in books and story – returns on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, from noon-4 p.m. at the African American Museum, Dallas in historic Fair Park (3536 Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75210). Tulisoma – a Swahili word that means “we read” – is a community-based festival promoting literacy and the arts in the South Dallas/Fair Park area. With numerous authors and illustrators participating, the event includes author presentations and readings, writing and art workshops, open mic poetry, performances, book signings, panel discussions, children’s story time, kids activities and more. Also, workshops and seminars will be presented on “how to organize book clubs” and “how to publicize and market your book.” The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

The Tulisoma weekend kicks off with the Sutton E. Griggs Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature Dinner on Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. honoring literary icons Tina McElroy Ansa, an award-winning novelist, publisher, filmmaker, teacher and journalist, and Carole Boston Weatherford, whose books have received three Caldecott Honors, two NAACP Image Awards, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and many other honors. WFAA anchor Cleo Greene will emcee the event. Tickets for the dinner are $50.

Noted authors confirmed to attend Tulisoma are Griggs Award honorees Tina McElroy Ansa and Carole Boston Weatherford; Brian W. Smith, award-winning author of 30 books and short stories; Dr. Helen Benjamin and Jean Nash Johnson, authors of How We Got Over: Growing up in the Segregated South; Nancy Churnin, winner of the National Jewish Book Award and author of Martin & Anne, the Kindred Spirits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank, and MANY more.

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August 19 @ 12:00 pm
August 20 @ 4:00 pm