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NYBC Leadership

Curtis Bunn

Curtis Bunn, NYBC founder, is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of 10 novels and three non-fiction books. He’s also the founder of the National Book Club Conference, which, for 20 years, has been the leading annual literary gathering in the country featuring African-American readers and authors.

Curtis, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at Norfolk State University, has a career in journalism that spans three decades, including stints in Washington, D.C., (The Washington Times), New York (Newsday and the New York Daily News) and Atlanta at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He is currently a journalist for the NBC News digital platform NBC BLK and is a former visiting professor of Creative Writing at his alma mater and an adjunct professor of Journalism at Morehouse College, where he gained a true appreciation for impacting young lives. Learn more about Curtis at www.curtisbunn.com.

Felita Bunn

Felita Bunn, NYBC program manager, is a marketing professional in Atlanta who has led major corporations in staff development, training, proposal management and other disciplines in her extensive and accomplished corporate career.

She also served on the executive board of the Atlanta chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), as Director of Sponsorships and Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Additionally, she served on the executive board of the Atlanta chapter of Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) as Director of Scholarships and graduated from the Leadership DeKalb class of 2022.

Felita has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from Norfolk State University and a Master of Arts degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.



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The National Youth Book Conference is a fiscally sponsored program of United Charitable, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, EIN 20-4286082. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. All funds raised by The National Youth Book Conference are received by and become the sole property of United Charitable which, for internal operating purposes, allocates the funds to the program. The Program Manager makes recommendations for disbursements which are reviewed by United Charitable for approval.