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Monday, September 17, 2012

Community Book Festival on Saturday celebrates reading in New Haven

A celebration of books and reading will take place at Wexler-Grant School on Saturday when Soul Passages: A Book Club will hold its Community Book Festival.

The event will include several authors doing readings, as well as book discussions. There also will be panel discussions about book clubs, self-publishing and political literacy; events and activities for children; and an open mic for new writers and poets.

Wexler Grant, 55 Foote St., is a change from the original location of the festival, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The book festival co-chairwomen are Gloria F. Perry and Saundra Stepherson

A partial schedule is as follows:

Main Stage

9 a.m.: Opening ceremony, African drum call, Ronald Edens

9:15: Community book discussion, “32 Candles” by Ernessa T. Carter. Moderator: Evelyn Knight

10:30: “Verse and Flow.” Moderator: Kate Rushin, poet, writer, teacher. Panelist: Shireal, MindEvolution. Darell Fitzgerald, Connecticut Youth Team members Maggie Kearney and Evan Knoll, Richard Michelson

11:30: Rita Williams-Garcia, award winning author of “One Crazy Summer” reads and answers questions about her books. Introduction: Patricia Melton, executive director of New Haven Promise

12:30: Solomon Jones talks about writing the Coletti trilogy: “The Last Confession,” “The Gravedigger’s Ball” and “The Dead Man’s Wife,” in addition to his other novels, and “Daddy’s Home: A Memoir of Fatherhood and Laughter.” Moderator: Barbara Davis

1:45: Closing ceremony on Main Stage

Conversations with Authors (Library)

9:30 a.m.: Richard Michelson, award-winning poet and writer, reads from his book “Twice As Good,” illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Moderator: Marie Baskerville (free copy of book given to first 10 children)

10:30: Exploring family values from an African-American male perspective with David Asbery, author of “My Wife, My Kids, My God.” Moderator: Penny Smith

11:30: Ex-con Randy Kearse talks about his book “Changing Your Game Plan: How to use Incarceration as a Stepping Stone for Success.” Moderator: Sandra Christie
Workshops on Writing and Money Management (Classroom1)

10:00: Richard Hammond shares wisdom and answers questions about his book “Practical Money Management and Wealth Creation”

11:00: Benjamin J. Janey, author of “Up The Way,” talks about his novel and writing urban fiction

Noon: Memoir writing: unwrapping the gift of memory, with Cindy Brown Austin, author of “By the Rivers of Babylon”

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