Agenda: BookExpo: 2006 Expo in the capital city.

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More than 2,000 exhibitors are expected for BookExpo America 2006 at the new Washington, D.C., Convention Center, Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21. Exhibits will be open from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., Friday and Saturday; and 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Sunday. The African American Program for Bookselling Professionals will kick off the event on Thursday. Here is the schedule:

Thursday

11:30 A.M. Opening Session and Luncheon, Room 147 AB

Welcome: Clara Villarosa of Hue-Man Resources, Harlem, New York City, and Emma Rodgers of Black Images Bookstore, Dallas, Texas. Sponsor: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children.

1 P.M. Keynote Speaker, Room 145 B

Queen Latifah, actress, singer and author of Queen of the Scene (Laura Geringer/HarperCollins Books for Children, October 2006).

2:15 P.M. Conversation With Successful Booksellers.

Moderator: Clara Villarosa with Simba Sana, chief executive officer for Karibu Books, Washington, D.C., area and James Fugate of Esowan Books, Los Angeles, California.

3:45 P.M. "Their Eyes Were Reading Smut: The Impact of Ghetto Fiction on African American Literature."

Moderator: Nick Chiles, author, journalist and social commentator. Panelists: Nelson George, writer, novelist and television/film producer; Nikki Turner, author of Project Chick and Street Chronicles; and Malaika Adero, senior editor of Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

5:30 to 8 P.M. Reception Room 147 AB

Sponsors are Literally Speaking Publishing House, HarperCollins Publishers, Kensington Book Publishing Group, Moody Publishers, Ingrain Book Company, Earl Cox and Associates, Random House/Strivers Row, Time Warner Book Group, Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children and Urban Books.

Friday

Black Pavilion

9 A.M. Opening Procession

Exhibitors of the African American Pavilion march in to the sounds of African drums. Now in its third year, the pavilion will run Friday through Sunday, with 4,000 feet of exhibit space and will offer special events throughout...

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