Iyanla Vanzant was the keynote speaker at the 2017 National Book conference in Atlanta, July 27-30. While receiving the Walter Mosley Author of Distinction Award during a dinner at the Intercontinental Buckhead, Vanzant delivered a moving keynote address to a room filled to capacity with book lovers and writers. She greeted guests warmly but reminded them throughout the evening that she was not a reality star and doesn’t consider her top-rated show on OWN as reality television.
“If you are feeling uncertain about the future of this country, about your future. I have two words for you; fear not,” Vanzant charged the crowd. While never mentioning the president’s name directly, Vanzant referenced some of the confusion and anxiety the county is undergoing due to its leadership. “I don’t pay attention to anyone tweeting orders,” she laughed. ‘