Literature lovers can have fun at fair while aiding Carroll Community College Author Marilyn French to attend reception Friday

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November 08, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Book signings, literary workshops, book sales and a silent auction of signed first- and limited-edition books will be featured at the second annual Random House Book Fair to Benefit the Carroll Community College Foundation.

The event, jointly sponsored by the publishing company and college, will be held from 9: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at CCC's 1601 Washington Road campus.

Billed as a cultural and intellectual activity, the event's main purpose is to raise money for student scholarships, but also to provide a fun day for book lovers.

Opening the fair will be a reception and conversation with author Marilyn French at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25, fully tax deductible, and must be reserved.

All other activities are Saturday.

"This year, all books will be discounted up to 20 percent," said Miriam Beck, foundation book fair chairwoman. "We'll have a wide variety of books from a wide range of publishing houses suitable for holiday gift-giving."

Visitors can meet a number of local authors and get autographs from 1: 30 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. Books will be sold at the author's table or at one of the quadrangles of the Great Hall.

Book collectors can bid on a number of autographed books by such writers as Gore Vidal, retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, Dean Koontz and Anne Tyler. Several children's books also will be on the block. Bidders should bring a photo identification and major credit card.

A variety of workshops, panel discussions, children's storytelling sessions, book giveaways, computer software demonstrations and the children's writing contest winners will be featured.

Workshop topics at the 10 a.m. session include wordsmithing, poetry writing, research techniques, networking and changing your career.

Topics at 11: 30 a.m. include how to get published, journal writing, publishing your own book and how to start a book club.

Also new this year is a Poetry Place at the Coffeehouse, where patrons can enjoy music and poetry readings.

Information: 410-386-8150.

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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