- Sep. 29, 2017
The 2017 BARR Weekend Cancelled!
After much thought and tears, I have concluded it would be best to cancel the 2017 Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend.
I will not bore you with the long list of things that occurred to contribute to this decision, but will simply share that over the last 18 months, many factors prevented me from giving this year’s event the attention it needs to ensure success, and I cannot allow the authors and audience to show up to an event that does not provide the level of exposure they deserve.
I will time to reevaluate and retool and rest assured, we will be back to ROCK IT in 2018!
"A few short years ago, if readers wanted to catch up with their favorite author, get a book signed, attend a book launch or simply pick up the most recent book release, all were as close as the nearest bookstore."
An excerpt from "Plan it! The Complete Resource Guide for Authors, Book Clubs & Literary Event Planners" by Sharon Lucas
Today, much of
that has changed due in part to:
- The closing of many brick and mortar book stores but more specifically, the closing of many black owned book stores;
- The popularity of the Ereader;
- The increase in Indie authors ; and
- The changes in the traditional publishing world that have made it harder and harder for African Americans to obtain and renew book contracts.
It is because of these changes and other related dynamics that literary events have become the new mutual admiration society where authors and readers meet, network and build relationships.
The Black Authors & Readers Rock Weekend, founded in 2012, has become a literary event that can be counted on to bring the best of the best together to celebrate the written word.