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Upcoming Event To Celebrate Black And Brown Authors



      The Black and Brown Book Bazaar (B4) will take place in Tampa on Saturday, June 15, 2024, from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m., at the Kurators Kafe, located at 7402 56th Street, Building 500, Suite 502, Tampa, FL 33617.  This event is filled with diverse books, author readings, book marketing strategies, a panel discussion, and a celebration of Black and Brown authors.

    This FREE event is open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to share it with others and bring their children to meet the children’s book authors who       will be represented. Register for the Black and Brown Book Bazaar (B4) on Eventbrite: or scan the QR code for your FREE tickets.

     In the bustling heart of Tampa, a remarkable new establishment is making waves. Kurators Kafe, the brainchild of Kimberly Hemmingway, is more than just a café. This beautiful, spacious venue serves as a global incubator and content production studio, where voices are heard, ideas are birthed, business partnerships are formed, and passion and purpose collide into innovative projects with a profound impact on our communities.

      Kurators Kafe is a place of evolution and growth, offering a variety of sets for photography, live shows, and podcast productions. It also offers membership opportunities, a library area, a relaxation room, and space for purposeful events.

     Hemmingway’s journey to becoming an entrepreneur was not without its trials. A devastating car wreck left her at a critical crossroads, facing a major career decision and impending surgery. It was a moment that could have broken her spirit. Instead, it propelled her to leave behind a successful corporate career and take a leap of faith into the unknown.

      Looking back on her journey, Hemmingway reflects that prayer and faith emerged as foundational pillars that have profoundly shaped her path. She credits resilience, fortified by prayer and an unwavering faith in God, as her steadfast companions through every challenge.

    With Juneteenth on the horizon, Hemmingway is excited about an upcoming event at the Kafe hosted by one of her Brewing Partners, Stephanie Outten, Founder and CEO of Cocoon to Wings Publishing (CTWP). Cocoon to Wings Publishing is based in Tampa, Florida, and works with individuals nationally and internationally to support their dreams of becoming published authors.

     The Black and Brown Book Bazaar will feature Black and Brown authors from Central and South Florida, showcasing their fiction, nonfiction, self-help, journals, and children’s books. Outten will host a writing workshop to support existing authors in developing new strategies to market and sell their books, as well as answer questions about the publishing process.

      Outten started her business eight years ago when she realized authors, most specifically Black authors, needed a safe place to conceive, nurture, and birth their “literary babies” into the marketplace.

    Outten’s belief is that as a Literary Doula®, it is her responsibility to ensure Black and Brown authors get their books published with excellence by a team that operates with integrity and from a faith-based perspective.”

     There will be giveaways, networking, treats, and more.  “I can’t wait for participants to experience this event and the power of coming together to support the black and brown literary community,” said Outten.

     To book a tour or to obtain more information about the Kafe – visit

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