Authors and eats are in abundance at Book Bash 2003

Sunday's fund-raiser is at Borders in Towson

Arts: museums, literature

October 23, 2003|By Julia Furlong and Meredith James | Julia Furlong and Meredith James,SUN STAFF

Book Bash 2003 at Borders Booksellers in Towson will offer participants a chance to talk with more than 60 authors, taste savory foods and delicious desserts from area restaurants, enjoy live music, acquire signed copies of best-selling books and bid in a silent auction - all while fighting one of the most rampant social epidemics of the Baltimore region: illiteracy.

Book Bash 2003, which takes place Sunday, will feature appearances by several literary celebrities, including Laura Lippman, author of Every Secret; Arthur Magida, author of The Rabbi and the Hitman: A True Tale of Murder, Passion and the Shattered Faith of a Congregation; award-winning short-story writer Ron Tanner; and Doug Wead, author of the best-selling All The President's Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of the First Families.

In addition, Andy Bienstock of WYPR-FM and Mindy Basara and Noel Tucker, both from WBAL-TV, will be tending bar. Baltimore County Superintendent Dr. Joe A. Hairston and Max Weiss, also known as Media Max on WBAL radio, will be reading favorite works. Niki Lee will perform original songs with the poetry of Dorothy Parker.

Eighty percent of ticket sales go to Literacy Works Inc., a non-profit organization that supports adult and family literacy services and operates an award-winning distance learning program as well as adult learning centers in Rosedale/Essex, Lansdowne, Randallstown, Chase and Washington Village/Pigtown.

Ten percent of Borders' sales that night will also go to the organization. A silent auction will supplement the proceeds, with an array of items ranging from concert and sports tickets to Ocean City trips, from sports memorabilia to signed literary items.

Guests can sample delicacies from favorite local restaurants, such as Legal Seafood, Hamilton's, Innovative Gourmet Caterers, Heavenly Ham and, for dessert, Lisa Anne's Toffee Apples.

Juliana Wood, an area marketing manager for Borders, describes the event as "festive, having sort of a party atmosphere." She explains that though the 12-year-old fund-raiser was first held at Borders, it's been held at several different locations throughout its run.

"We're glad to come full circle and have Book Bash here at Borders again," she says, noting that in the past, bookstores have yielded the highest turnout of the varying locations - sometimes boasting an attendance of more than 1,000.

Book Bash 2003 will be at Borders Booksellers in Towson, 415 York Road, on Sunday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Borders will close to the public at 4 p.m. Sunday and open as usual Monday morning. Free parking will be available at Towson Commons. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Call 410-887-2001.

For more art events, see page 46.

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