Upcoming Events

  • Chicago Urban Book Expo

    The Chicago Urban Book Expo was started by national bestselling author, Jessica N. Watkins, in 2015.Since,this book festival has grown into the largest in the Chicago-land area featuring African-American authors. Readers attend from across the country to meet some of their favorite authors of African-American literature! Free to all readers, the atmosphere is fun, with a soundtrack by the hottest Dj's in Chicago, and lively, fueled by tasty libations. 

  • The Million Pages Gala


    Jessica Watkins Presents and the Chicago Urban Book Expo cordially invites you to an evening of literary elegance and sophistication at our black tie gala for book lovers and authors. This event promises to be an unforgettable celebration of African-American literature.

    Join us for an evening of glamour and inspiration as we gather to honor the written word and the authors who bring it to life. Our gala will feature a keynote address from the renowned best-selling author, KC Mills, and dedicated book reviewer, Troynika Turner.

    The evening will begin with a cocktail reception where you can mingle with fellow book lovers and authors, followed by a sumptuous plated dinner.

    We look forward to welcoming you to this unforgettable evening of literary indulgence.


    Dress code is STRICTLY black tie.


  • The Ohio Kickback

    The 4th annual Ohio Authors Kickback is back in full effect. Save the date! You won't wanna miss this event! If you know, then you know!