Many have a deep and abiding love for North Minneapolis and an appreciation of Black literature and Black authors. That love and appreciation spawned the idea for the Minnesota Black Authors Expo.
De’Vonna Pittman is a community engagement guru and co-founder of the Minnesota Black Authors Expo. She and co-founder Jasmine Boudah had the vision to create an environment that supports writers, promotes literacy and stimulates the income of authors of color. They wanted a space that celebrates and caters to Black literature and its readers, so they decided to create it themselves in the Minnesota Black Authors Expo.
Bibliophiles from across the Twin Cities will gather at this year’s third annual Minnesota Black Authors Expo, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Drive, in Minneapolis.
Pittman, who owns The Haven Publishing and is the author of three books, recently spoke with rolling out about her brand and what motivates her. How would you describe your brand?
I’m focused on providing solutions to problems. Every endeavor I have launched was the result of a problem that needed to be resolved. In 2012 when I published my first book, there weren’t many people self-publishing. It was a new thing, and people were still trying to figure it out. I wanted to make the process less challenging for new authors, and that is how The Haven Publishing Minneapolis came to be.
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