2018 Tour

The Hibouleans Tour

octavia reese the hibouleans tour

I’m taking my show on the road to a city near you! Join me for book fairs, arts festivals and visits to local book stores and coffee shops.  I’ll be signing your copy of The Hibouleans, reading excerpts, and performing Secondskin, the musical theme to The Hibouleans. For more information, visit the Press page and follow my events on Facebook.

Soulful Chicago Holiday Book Fair

December 15, 10am – 6pm


Back to where it all began…

The anniversary of my first book signing event EVER and my new favorite annual tradition! The Soulful Chicago Holiday Book Fair was my FIRST stop with The Hibouleans Vol 1 in print and I SOLD OUT!

I’ll be back for a reprise this year with Vols 1-3 plus performing selections from The Hibouleans book score.

Join me and other authors of color for this annual celebration.
Facebook event here.

For more details, visit http://www.soulfulchicagobookfair.com.


Eden Christmas Boutique

December 1


Come cross off some holiday shopping with signed copies of The Hibouleans Vol 1 & 2 and listen to two of the tracks from The Hibouleans book score and the new Eden holiday boutique.

I’ll be there alongside other incredible female business owners. In addition to The Hibouleans, you can find beautiful handmade jewelry, unique accessories AND there will be activities and fun stuff for kids. Eden is a women-focused service of Soul City Church.

Eden Christmas Boutique at Soul City Church

Wicker Park Chillfest 2018

November 24


I’m honored to be part of the artist lineup for Wicker Park’s annual ChillFest, which pairs local musicians with local retailers to celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Add this event to your calendar here. 

And visit the original event page here. 

Chillfest pairs local musicians with local businesses for an afternoon of entertainment while you shop. I’ll be taking you on a fantasy tour with my cello at 2pm. Stop by Volumes Bookcafe and shop and relax!

Octavia at Volumes for Wicker Park ChillFest


Maywoodfest 2018

September 14 – 16

Maywood, Ill.

Afriware Books hosts a panel discussion of Black Panther before the Friday night screening of the film. Stop by Afriware table for books and comics, including The Hibouleans!


African Festival of the Arts

August 31 – September 3


Stop by PeanutbuddarArt’s booth and stock up on all of your back to school supplies. Grab a copy of The Hibouleans and get your face painted, too!



August 3 – 5, 10am – 10pm


Get your passports and step into a world where Black excellence in all things scientific and brilliant reigns! I’ll be there with my incredible fourteen-year-old illustrator Aaliyah Lachel’e (aka PeanutBuddarArt) as we celebrate Wakanda Forever. This is the first of an annual conference. I can’t wait to meet all you Blerds!


Detroit Book Fest

July 15, 2018


I’m coming home! Just in time to share Vol 2 with you! Come see me and thousands of other creatives at Detroit Book Fest, Detroit’s third annual celebration of literature!

The Hibouleans VOL 2 e-COVER

Juneteenth Artist Talk

July 1, 2018 4pm – 7pm

Chicago – Jimmy Beans Coffee

Due to resounding interest and requests, this is a follow-up to the June 9th event. Tonight, we will hear from visual artists featured in the gallery and the stories behind their art. I’ll be there connecting the dots between my paintings, writing and music.

Juneteenth Art Show & Performances

June 9, 2018 6pm – 9pm

Chicago – Jimmy Beans Coffee

Don’t you know you’re free? Join me and other artists sharing our interpretations of liberation. Get ready to be freed.


Why Does Representation Matter? A discussion panel with Soulful Chicago Authors

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 5pm – 7pm


Sit at the table and discuss the importance of representation in literature.



Chicago BlackWomensExpo

Friday, April 6, 3pm – 6pm


Celebrate the brilliance of beauty of Black women entrepreneurs! I’ll be there with The Hibouleans, signing your copies and speaking about the importance of representation in literature.


Books n Brunch Gala

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12pm – 5pm


Come embrace your inner elitist at the East Bank Club on St. Paddy’; s and see me at the annual Books n Brunch Gala!
Tickets: $50

Black History Month featuring Chicago’s Black Authors

at Harold Washington Library

Tuesdays & Saturdays during the month of February

Chicago Public Library & Soulful Chicago Book Fair Members have partnered to offer presentations, readings and discussions surrounding African American literature, representation in literature and the place and role of the independent local author. Come see me reading and playing The Hibouleans!




Reclaiming our Throne

Friday February 9, 2018, 6pm – 9pm


This is a Black History Month celebration featuring talented professionals promoting art, culture, business, innovation, love, and history of Blacks in America.

Wisconsin Black Arts Festival

Friday February 2 – Sunday February 4, 2018


Join me, The Hibouleans, Minerva (my cello) and OctavianInk Cards in Milwaukee! This festival is a three day celebration including live performances from spoken word artists, dancers and musicians. There will also be vendor displays and interactive activities such as demonstrations from visual artists, writer workshops, craft making for children and film screenings.


Signing Poster


Winterfest at Beat Kitchen

Sunday January 7, 2018, 11am – 3pm


It’s my first stop on The Hibouleans 2018 tour! Come check out the whole excellent family-friendly affair, including artists, vendors and musicians. I’ll be there to sign your pre-purchased copy (click here: http://a.co/frntRJZ to get Volume 1 now if you don’t already have one), paint faces, and maybe even jam on the cello for a bit. Also, I’ll also be raffling off a free signed copy of Volume 2, coming in March 2018.

Live Hibouleans Q&A and Premier of Secondskin, The Hibouleans Score

Thursday December 21, 2017, 8pm – 9pm


I’m hosting this Facebook LIVE event to debut the book score theme to The Hibouleans! The full track will be available on SoundCloud in January 2018 so you can download and listen while you read. Tune in!

Soulful Chicago Kwanzaa Book Fair

Saturday December 16, 2017, 10am – 6pm


It’s my first appearance as an author!!

I’m one of the more than 50 talented authors and artists at this year’s Soulful Chicago Kwanzaa Bookfair. Come join us, get inspired, support local authors, AND give unique and meaningful gifts to your family and friends.

Visit www.soulfulchicagobookfair.com for more details!

The Hibouleans Octavia Reese