July 10, 2017

Joy Elan began writing when she was a child. She loved literature from a young age and knew that she would, one day, become a writer. Elan was also born with hearing loss which resulted in her wearing hearing aids since she was 15 months old. She graduated from UC Berk...

July 3, 2017

Cassandra Washington’s book, Teach and Take Time for You, was a book she came to after a career as an educator, principal, and teacher in the Chicago Public School System for 26 years. In that time she became intimately familiar with some of the less discussed challeng...

June 26, 2017

When J. Marcellus Burke returned from his tour of duty as a cartographer in World War II, he was greeted with the beginnings of what would become the erasure of the Black soldier’s participation in the war. He recalls “not seeing a single Black face” in the coverage of...

June 20, 2017

Bernard Turner is a Chicago native, born from Bronzeville with a career in teaching and educational publishing. He has been a volunteer as an interpreter at the Chicago History Museum since 2000 where he has fostered a deep knowledge of his neighborhood and its history...

June 16, 2017

Hello and welcome to the 2017 Soulful Chicago Book Fair’s official blog. As we approach the day of the fair, July 16th, we wanted to create a space to speak a bit about just a handful of the amazing authors who will be at the event. To get the ball rolling, we're going...

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When my work with the Soulful Chicago Book Fair started around a month ago, I was keen to see what kind of movement it was. Being a Chicago native and...

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