Book fair will offer literary flair for all ages

Weekend events to benefit Carroll college foundation

November 02, 2003

Children's author C.J. Greenburg and adult humorist Jill Connor Browne are scheduled to visit the seventh annual Random House Book Fair to benefit the Carroll Community College Foundation, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Greenburg, Random House featured writer of the Andrew Lost series, will give a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Children also can meet some of Random House's storybook characters.

Browne, author of the Sweet Potato Queen books, will appear at 1:30 p.m. in the Scott Center theater. Admission is $3 for her presentation on the Sweet Potato Queens, founded by her in the 1980s in Mississippi.

The book fair will feature:

A selection of new books for all ages from many publishing houses sold at a 20 percent discount.

A silent auction of signed, first- and limited-edition books.

Literary readings, including those by winners of the student writing contest at 1:30 p.m.

A "Meet the Authors" forum from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., where writers will talk to visitors, sell and autograph books.

Exhibitors from businesses, clubs, agencies, publishing houses and writers' groups will also be on hand to discuss their endeavors.

Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, as honorary co-chairwoman and co-chairman, will address book fair patrons, then stroll through the Great Hall and book sales area. Ehrlich will also read a story to children at 1 p.m.

Civil War historian, author, film producer, editor and publisher Kristie Poehler will conduct a workshop on publishing at 10:30 a.m. in Room L287. Mindy Basara and Stan Stovall of WBAL-TV will conduct a workshop at 2:30 p.m. to discuss newscasting.

Participating local and regional authors will include Allison Alexander, Louis Diggs, Brian Hartford, Jessica Gregg McNew (a former Westminster resident and graduate of Westminster High School, will discuss her work in disaster recovery with the Red Cross and Eyes in a Storm, her book detailing one town's response to crisis), T.J. Perkins, Lois Szymanski and Carole Waterhouse.

Random Readings in the theater will feature poets Susan Beverly, Grace Cavalieri, Hillary Tham, Bruce Waldron and Ernie Wormwood.

The Baltimore Zoo Mobile will return with a new selection of animals and book suggestions for children of all ages. Shows are slated for 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. Children's Story Time sessions have been planned for 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Outside courtyard activities all day long will include a castle moon bounce and rock climbing.

A kick-off event for the book fair will be held at 8 p.m. Friday with Kal Kallaugher, author and editorial cartoonist for The Sun and The Economist magazine of London. He will present his book KAL Draws the Line: An Insiders Guide to the Fun and Challenging World of Editorial Cartoons at the theater; a question and answer session and book signing will follow the presentation. The cartoonist is donating his time and a percentage from book sales to the college foundation.

The college is at 1601 Washington Road. Brochures listing all of the book fair activities can be obtained by calling 410-386-8155.

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