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Photos from Richmond’s “Multicultural Bookstore”


Photo by Brianna Casanares
This past week I read at the Multicultural Children’s Bookstore in Richmond California. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. This store has the most diverse selection of picture books in the Bay Area. There are many other stores that do a great job as well. 
Photo by Daniel Zarazua
They currently carry “Furqan’s First Flat Top” and “Alejandria Fights Back”. Please stop by their store though if youre in the North Bay as a destination for gifts, a place that can order books for you, or as a wealth of knowledge. The owner’s name is Tamara Shiloh.
Photo by Brianna Casanares
One more of me rocking my Bridges Not Walls shirt by Kiwi :). I’ve been reading in classrooms and libraries for a decade now as a kids book author and illustrator!
If you dig these photos check out this reading at Bella Vista Elementary and this post w/ Melissa Reyes

Community Reads – Book Fair

Hey, this is a new event happening at the end of this month, Black History Month. “Community Reads” is a new book fair focused on African American authors and illustrators based in the Bay Area. It is being organized by Tamara Shiloh of Hilltop Mall’s “Multicultural Children’s Bookstore”, the brick and mortar store with the most diverse selection of children’s books in the Bay Area.  The store opened up in 2017 with Robin Wilson and Tamara Shiloh and is now owned by Tamara who is also an educator and author. Myself and author Angela Dalton will be helping to spread the word about this one. You can see the lineup of authors above. Please stop by or tell a friend about it. If you consider yourself a Black author please reach out to Tamara about tabling. We currently have kid lit and adult novelists coming through.
Here is the facebook invite LINK
And here is the eventbrite link in case you’re not on Facebook.
Never been to the store? Check out this video!

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Multicultural Children’s Book Fair – DEC 9th Richmond, CA

If you are in the Bay Area and live near the Richmond area or are in Contra Costa County I invite you to bring your family to this event. Authors will be there reading their books, selling them, and signing them for folks who come. 
The Bay Area Black Authors Network is a newly formed group aimed at sharing resources and information about publishing stories by Black authors, illustrators, editors, etc.  We meet regularly at Hilltop mall the last tuesday of each month.
The event is also supported by the West County Reads new Multicultural Children’s Book Store at hilltop mall where you can find many children’s books about Latinx, Black, Asian, Native American, and queer stories. The bookstore has been open just under a year and is thriving getting visits from teachers, librarians, parents, and kids
Write up in the Richmond Standard

RYSE Center in Richmond w/ Alejandra Perez

Peace yawl, been grinding away on several projects out here in the bay town. The two foremost are for for the homie Hagar.Check him out, he’s working on positivity in the clothing industry….and Roger Hall’s film “Holding on to Jah”. . Please check them both out. Working hella hord!

On another note, one of my objectives when I came back to the bay town was to connect with some of the artists and writers who have contributed their beautiful work and energy to Come Bien Books. I got a chance to sit down and rap with several up and coming artists & writers these past few weeks, whom you will be seeing more of soon. The talented, up and coming artist/ youth activist Ms. Alejandra Perez was nice enough to give me a tour of the new RYSE Center in Richmond,Ca. Almost 3 years ago, myself, Skot La Rockwell, and Bounce from the Trust Your Struggle Collective painted a large mural on the front of their building. Check out Ryse here:
The youth and staff their are hella nice and have been putting in serious work to enrich the lives of families in Richmond. Props to yawl!