October 12

A Symposium: LANGUAGE: IDENTITY: HOME, in Partnership with Texas Christian University. The event includes a panel discussion that deconstructs language, showing how words and everyday language reinforce adverse (and positive) perceptions of race and identity, which in turn informs and impacts our sense of inclusiveness or alienation, our ‘cultural’ behaviors, and our collective self-worth. The Symposium will be live-streamed on Twitter via Periscope.

October 13

Opening Reception in Partnership with Texas Wesleyan University, with readings by Harlem Book Fair’s 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award Winners, the announcement of an initiative to empower FWISD students’ writing – Writing S.W.A.G. (Students Writing and Growing), and the announcement of the winner of the Fort Worth Literacy Award.

October 14

Fort Worth BookFest, in Partnership with Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus and the City of Fort Worth, includes authors and booksellers, workshops and seminars, AfricCom, Fort Worth Library Authors Round-up for Children, artists, artisans, entertainment, food and beverages representing the cultures of Fort Worth and the region.

October 15

The 2017 Fort Worth BookFest closes with an Authors’ Brunch. A ticketed event, the brunch is “author heaven.” You’ll have the pleasure of a published author as your VIP table-guest, hear from the Fort Worth Literacy Award winners on the State of Literacy in Fort Worth/Tarrant County; and be an audience member for the live-streamed Writers on Writing, with host Max Rodriguez interviewing authors appearing at the BookFest.