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CBLC Book Fest & Juneteenth Celebration

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!

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

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.