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Awards Gala and Book & Business Expo

The Book Affair iNC is an expo like no other! Our goal is to bring together a diverse array of authors, publishers, entrepreneurs, and readers to celebrate the written word. Our event features an awards gala, a book and business expo, and an array of entertainment and live music. Our goal is to support authors of all backgrounds and genres, and to provide a platform for them to share their stories and connect with avid readers. Whether you’re an author looking for a platform, a publisher ready to celebrate, or a reader looking for your next favorite book, The Book Affair iNC is the perfect place for you.

White Structure

Keynote Speaker Saturday October 14th

Ashley DeFlanders

Ashley DeFlanders is the Program Coordinator and Researcher at Our Village United, a nonprofit organization that supports the growth of Black solopreneurs and microbusinesses by delivering targeted technical assistance and shared professional services that assist in their ability to grow and scale. As a former educator and trained attorney, Ashley firmly believes that with the proper knowledge and skills, Black entrepreneurs can start to close the wealth gap and continue on the path of upward economic mobility. Ashley is currently coordinating ELEVATED Cities, ELEVATE Mississippi, and ELEVATE Alumni, which combined service over 450 black owned businesses. 


A Pascagoula, Mississippi native, Ashley is a graduate of Tougaloo College and Tulane University Law School.  She resides in Houston, TX with her husband and two children

Stage Time
Stage Time

Stage Time

Stage Time at the Expo is the perfect opportunity to share your story and business with thousands of people! It's your chance to take the stage and speak directly to your audience, inspiring them with your message and making powerful connections. You'll have the chance to make a lasting impression and reach a whole new level of success. Take the plunge and seize the spotlight – secure your Stage Time today!

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