Participating Authors

The Seventh Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair will feature more than seventy authors of African descent, showcasing and highlighting a diverse spectrum of authors and literature, from contemporary and historical fiction, to anthologies, poetry, academic books; children’s stories and books, non-fiction to biographies, self- help, and inspirational, religious, and financial works.

Verde Arzu

Verde Arzu is a passionate, middle school special education teacher. She is a graduate of Fisk University (HBCU) in Nashville, TN. There she earned a B.A. in History. Her love for teaching pushed her to go on to graduate school where she earned a Master of Science in Special Education from National University. Verde is not only a teacher, but an advocate, working to ensure equity for students of color, especially those with learning disabilities. Verde is about to complete a post-baccalaureate certificate in writing from UC Berkeley Extension. She plans to continue to publish novellas, short love stories, centered on realistic lesbian and queer relationships. She traces her passion for writing stories about African American queer characters from her desire to see more characters' voices she can relate to. Her most recent work is: Rainbow. A native Chicagoan, she now resides in Northern California with her beautiful wife and two furry four-legged children.

Sonja Babino

Sonja Babino

Sonja Babino is an author, YouTube vlogger and I.T. analyst from the San Francisco Bay area. She brings to light her own traumatic childhood event in her book After the Innocence is Gone. Learning from life, she blends her marital lessons learned with her desire to help others in similar relationships, to create her repertoir of non fiction. She is also the author of The Silent Wife. Sonja is a mother of three and resides in Fairfield, CA.

Michael B. Cave MS

Michael B. Cave MS

Michael Cave Is the author of "Triple Blessing - A Father’s Story of Infertility, Hope and Love". This book strives to inspire other couples currently struggling with the taboo topic that is infertility and help others to better understand the various medical treatment paths available and what is involved with an infertility journey.

Joy Elan

Joy Elan is an award winning author and spoken word artist from Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She uses her writing to advocate for civil rights, for Blacks/people of color, women, and people with disabilities. With her poetry and novels, she speaks about social issues that affect people locally and globally. Joy received her BA degree in African American Studies at UC Berkely and her MA degree in Education at Stanford University. Her works include: Signs of Life: Past, Present, and Future. Silence Is Not Always Golden: A Poetic Revolution. Insitiutional Freedom: A Collection of African American Studies Essays. Silence Is Not Always Golden: The Power of Spoken Words. Life Is A Canvas. Holding On to My Pride. and The Revolution Will Be Publicized.

Michelle Tamiko Hardy

Michelle Tamiko Hardy

Philanthropist and Author, Michelle Tamiko Hardy, is a Sacramento native and Oakland resident. She released her novel: Mrs. Eels Basement of Beautiful Magical Things in December 2019. Hardy helps students learn the importance of giving through Random Acts of Kindness (ROAK) with her in-depth story about the intimate relationship between a young girl and an elderly woman. Hardy teaches groups how to give. "When I wake up I save the day. It’s not an option it’s a mindset." - Michelle Hardy

Melvina F. Jones, Ph.D

Melvina Jones

Dr. Jones completed her education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning her doctorate in history. After having taught for many years in the Los Angeles area and along California’s central coast, she came to Consumnes River College in 1989 as the Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences. She returned to the classroom, retiring in 2010. Dr. Jones’s lates book is: Roxboro Roots: North Carolina Families Leave Their Imprint on America’s Story.

Carla J. Lawson

Carla J. Lawson

Carla J. Lawson is a Bay Area native who started writing poetry and short stories at 7 years old. She began a career as a published author with her first novel The Return, Odara’s Rise Book 1 of 3 in October of 2019. Carla’s goal as an author is to leave an indellible imprint in the literary world through the gift of creativity. Her other works include: The Weavers and Where is My Parade.

Talva

Talva

Talva is an Independent Author that has been an avid writer for many years. She began publishing her work seven years ago with her first novel: Enigma The Only Child Syndrome. She is working on more adult fiction novels, along with a children’s book. You can keep up-to-date with her work through Amazon, her website, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram. Her books are available on all booksellers' platforms, and are available in the following formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook and Audiobook. Her latest work is: Caramel Insides.