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2021 CBLC Book Fest & Juneteenth Celebration

05/20/2021 | Programs & Events, Featured Events

Book Fest 2021

The Indianapolis Public Library's Center for Black Literature & Culture invited the community to the 2021 Book Fest & Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 18, 2021. The event was a free webinar featuring local authors Brandon Warren, Januarie York & Andrew Bowman. Local entertainers were also showcased. The Book Fest and Juneteenth Celebration is an annual event. We look forward to sharing information about our upcoming 2022 Celebration when more details are known!

Brandon Warren, local author and anti-gun violence advocate. Brandon’s nonprofit, We LIVE, Inc. is a youth lead nonprofit that speaks and rallies against both youth and gun violence. Brandon Warren is currently a Senior at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Brandon is also the author of two novels: ‘B Inspired’ and ‘B Inspired 2 Continue.

Januarie York, the First Center for Black Literature & Culture Poet Laureate has been carving her own lane in poetry, writing and performance art. Januarie is a freelance writer, published author & poet who, in addition to performing original poetry, has produced several of her own spoken word theatrical shows that focus on uplifting and inspiring women. Currently she operates her own blog, "The I Is Never Silent". She is currently putting the final touches on her first full-length book, "NOMAD", set for a June 2021 release.

Andrew Bowman, local genealogist and author, researched the service of his grandfather Andrew Jackson Smith, a freedom seeker who fought in the Civil War. Due to his efforts Bowman was able to secure the the Medal of Honor for Andrew Jackson Smith. Bowman released his book "Carrying the Colors: The Life and Legacy of Medal of Honor Recipient Andrew Jackson Smith" in 2020.

Learn more about Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the complex series of announcements, documents and events that eventually lead to the passage of the 13th amendment, on our blog post, which includes informative and fascinating links as well as reading recommendations.

Indy Bookfest is sponsored by the Library's African American History Committee in support of the Center for Black Literature & Culture at Central Library.

Center for Black Literature & Culture
Center for Black Literature & Culture

IndyPL Recommends: Juneteenth Reads

Juneteenth is often celebrated by reading the works of prominent Black authors. Below, we have selected reads on the history of Juneteenth, emancipation and freedom, reconstruction, and celebration.

Hidden Black History : From Juneteenth to Redlining

Green, Amanda Jackson

What are important moments in Black American history that have not been part of our shared education and national narrative? Discover the people and events you didn’t know, until now.


The Story Behind the Celebration

Cotham, Edward T.

Tells the complex story of Juneteenth and the facts and legends that lead to what promises to become a national holiday.

On Juneteenth

Gordon-Reed, Annette

Author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed ‘s Pulitzer prize winning research skills reveal the history of Juneteenth, which she deftly pairs with her personal reflections on the history and politics that shaped her own experiences as a Black woman in Texas. A unique and fascinating memoir.