Book fair to feature celebrities, activities, workshops


A basketball player, two local television news anchors, an actor/writer and two nationally known authors are among the celebrities who will put in an appearance at the ninth annual Random House Book Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Carroll Community College.

Wes Unseld - a former NBA player known for his rebounding skills, a former professional coach, a Basketball Hall of Famer and a county resident - is the Random House Book Fair honorary chairman. He will address visitors in the afternoon.

The event opens with a Book Fair Kickoff on Friday in the college's Scott Center Theater with a showing of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith at 6 p.m. Admission is $2 per person or $7 per family (two adults and children 12 and younger). Moviegoers also can meet costumed characters from the Star Wars movie, courtesy of Random House, publisher of the most recent Star Wars book. Aspiring writers can attend a one-hour workshop on "Writing Your Memoirs" at 7 p.m. in Room T404.

Three national authors will headline the book fair Saturday.

Rita Mae Brown, author of Cat's Eyewitness, will discuss her book. She is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and poet.

Patricia Reilly Giff, children's author, will discuss her writing career. She has won many honors and distinctions for various works, including the Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor Book, and American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and Notable Book.

Ted Allen, the food and wine connoisseur on the television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, will discuss his new book, The Food You Want to Eat. It is a quick-reference cookbook, giving readers the food they want to cook and eat and the knowledge to do it. Allen has been a contributing editor to Esquire magazine, and a senior editor and restaurant critic with Chicago magazine.

Visitors also can hear three poets - Rosemary Klein, Joseph Harrison and JaHipster - read their original poems.

The book fair encourages local youth to try writing through the Student Writing Contest. Students submitted unpublished short stories and essays and were awarded first-, second- and third-place honors. Some will read their works Saturday.

About 32 authors from around the region will display their books in the college's Great Hall. Carroll student Mark Rabenhorst will showcase his recently published book about the journey of a wolf named Kivak who lost his pack and seeks acceptance into another pack in order to survive.

A financial literacy workshop, presented by Bank of America, will offer lessons in financial responsibility for youths.

Television news fans can meet WBAL-TV's Stan Stovall and Mindy Basara.

This family-oriented event also offers a variety of children's activities. Carroll County public library librarians will present favorite stories during a Children's Story Time. Costume characters from stories published by Random House will stroll the Great Hall. Each child who attends the book fair will receive a free book.

Bear Branch Nature Center will offer kids' workshops.

A children's inflatable playground with outdoor moon bounce, rock climbing, face-painting and animal balloons will be available. Admission is $2.

Other activities throughout the day include musical performances by Carroll Community College students, book talks and signings, discounted book sales and a silent auction.

Proceeds from the book fair support student scholarships, and two scholarship recipients will participate in the event.

The college is at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Information: Kathy Mayan, 410-386-8155.

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