WASHINGTON, D.C. /Publishers Newswire/ — The NAACP Centennial Author Pavilion welcomes national bestselling authors, Diahann Carroll, Hill Harper, Chris Gardner, Tiki Barber, Terry McMillan, Carl Weber, Chef Jeff Henderson, Stephen L. Carter, Dr. Dorothy Height, Sharon Draper and Walter Mosley to New York City to Celebrate 100 Years of Bold Dreams and Big Victories. The NAACP Author Centennial Author Pavilion Themed “100 Years, 100 Authors” will bring an exciting mix of national, bestselling and upcoming authors, illustrators and poets to New York City, July 13th through 15th, 2009.

NAACP Centennial Author Pavilion“We are excited about the caliber of authors that have chosen to participate in this year’s Author Pavilion,” says Mocha Ochoa, Literary Talk Show Host and Oracle Group CEO. “We have watched the NAACP Author Pavilion grow in a few short years from an idea to one of the premier African American venues to showcase literature of the brightest and best in our community, for this we are especially proud.”

The 2009 Centennial Author Pavilion will feature about 100 award-winning authors and poets in meet and greet sessions featuring author subjects ranging from history, biography, mysteries and thrillers, and books for families and young people.

Sponsored by Barnes and Noble the Centennial Author Pavilion is free and open to the public. The hours of operation are Monday July 13th from 2 p.m. through 6 p.m., Tuesday July 14th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday July 15th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The final event is a conversation with Julian Bond and Dr. Cornel West taking place at Barnes and Noble Union Square on Wednesday July 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This discussion, moderated by Ms. Ochoa will discuss the “NAACP Past, Present and Future.”

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Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members in the U.S. around the world advocate for civil and human rights, conducting voter mobilization campaigns, and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

The Oracle Group is an internationally recognized agency that specializes in producing literary events in a variety of non-traditional venues and seeks out exciting new locales for readers and authors to connect. Their initiatives and partnerships include the National Book Festival, NAACP Annual Author Pavilion (, Reading Across Continents Student Literary Exchange Project and the In the Cafe with Mocha literary talk show.