About Us

Founders’ Mission

Authors Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, LaTonya Branham and  Charlotte L. Jenkins founded the Dayton Book Expo in 2009 to connect avid book lovers with local and national bestselling authors. The Kidz Zone fosters a fun and interactive environment for children while promoting the importance of reading. Aspiring authors have access to publishers, editors and publicists in the writing and publishing sessions offered at the Dayton Book Expo. Our relationships with community, business, educational and private sponsors are valuable for helping us promote literacy. This spring event boasts annual enhancements that allow visitors from near and far to experience a fabulous, family-friendly literary affair in Dayton, Ohio. Dayton Book Expo, where book lovers connect!

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman

Valerie J. Lewis Coleman serves experts and professional speakers to magnify and monetize their message by publishing quality books. She co-founded the Dayton Book Expo: the city’s premiere book event. Since it’s inception in 2010, the expo has hosted over 500 authors and thousands of book lovers.

 As a best-selling author and award-winning publisher, Valerie has helped thousands of aspiring authors navigate the mysterious labyrinth of self-publishing. With over fifteen years of experience in the book business, this expert divulges industry secrets on avoiding the top five mistakes made by new authors, pricing your book to sell and identifying dishonest publishers. Her dynamic presentation and knowledge of the business saves thousands of dollars, hours of research and tons of frustration by making publishing quick, easy and affordable.



Author Charlotte L.Jenkins owner of 31 Woman LLC. Mrs. Brown is also Co-founder of the Dayton Book Expo and a freelance writer for Jo Magazine. In her spare time Charlotte loves to spend quality time with her family and working with charitable organizations. Charlotte is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Indianapolis, IN. Through her journey as a business owner Mrs. Jenkins found her ministry in the literary world. She debuted in Vanessa Miller’s Anthology called Have a Little Faith as a contributing writer. Her latest released titles are Jayden’s First Vacation: A Day at the Beach and Beacon of Hope:Surviving Abuse.

  www.31WomanLLC.com

LaTonya BranhamLaTonya M. Branham is the author and editor of CultureSeek (1st and 2nd edition), Spirit Seek (2007), and The Academic Prayer (2013). She is also a two-time contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Soul series: Devotional Stories for Women (2009) and Here Comes the Bride (2012). LaTonya earned a Master of Arts degree from Antioch University McGregor and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University. She is completing doctoral studies in Leadership & Change in Higher Education at Antioch University. LaTonya is the founder and CEO of the Reader2Leader Foundation and Branham Consulting, LLC. She served as a college administrator and adjunct professor in the College of Education at Central State University. LaTonya and her husband serve in community outreach (First Fruits) and youth initiatives. Reading and sharing books are important elements of her life.

 LaTonyaBranham.com