Virtual F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival set for Jan. 8 and 9


The F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival 2021 Virtual and International is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8, and Saturday, Jan. 9. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

Free registration on the website is now open. All attendees must register to participate in the virtual festival.

More than 30 authors are scheduled to participate.

Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry will welcome the virtual guests to the festival on Friday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.

Troy Johnson, CEO of AALBC (African American Literature Book Club), will present David Simon and Reni K. Amayo from London on Jan. 8 at 10:30 a.m.

“Virtual Lunch and a Movie with Filmmakers’’ is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Booker T. Mattison will present his films, “Who Are You” and “Bird.’’

Derek Triplett will moderate an all-male author and businessman segment titled “Learning How to Pivot” on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. Panelists are Adrian Carter, Keith Kareem Williams, Ezriyah Ernst, Victor McGlothin and David A. Thompson.

Closing the first night of the festival will be a performance by Saxman at 6 p.m.

Legacy Awards on Jan. 9

Headlining the book festival on Saturday at 11 a.m. will be Angie Ransome Jones, Asante McGee, Elizabeth Savage and Tamiya Davis of “Turning Your Pain into Pages.’’

Sontenish Myers’ film, “Music Video BGM and Cross Your Heart,” will be shown at noon Saturday.

The “Literacy Is A Legacy Awards” will be given to Vincent Terry, Carla Y. Lester, Alma Glover Smith, Vincent C. Taylor, Parkside Realty Group, L.D. Robinson, Gwendolyn D. Monroe and Carolyn Sanders James virtually on Jan. 9 at 1:15 p.m. by Daytona Beach Commissioner Paula Reed.

Angie Bee and Bartee Productions will present “COVID-19 19 Chronicles’’ on Saturday. Multiple authors will tell their stories of triumph and pain while being confronted with the pandemic at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Saturday also will feature Brian W. Smith, Victor McGlothin, Vincent Taylor, Keith Kareem Williams, Ann Marie Sorrell, Francheska Penn, Constance Portier, Taniya Briana, Mike Pyle, Pamela Haynes (United Kingdom), and children’s authors.

The Virtual and International Book Festival is sponsored by the City of Daytona Beach, Commissioner Paula Reed; Stan Harrison of State Farm, New Smyrna Beach;  Daytona Times and Florida Courier, Daytona Beach Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta  Sorority; Links, Incorporated, Daytona Beach Chapter; Angie B and Bartee Productions; L.D. Robinson; Ladero Design and Press; and Ila’s Diamonds LLC.

Donna Gray-Banks is the founder and director of the festival.

A complete schedule is on the festival website at

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