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Annual Random House Book Fair Saturday, March 7

Release Date: 2/5/2009

Contact: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College


Carroll Community College Holds Annual Random House
Book Fair on Saturday, March 7, 2009


Westminster, Md., Feb.5, 2009- Carroll Community College invites the community to the Annual Random House Book Fair on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1601 Washington Road. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A full-day of events and activities promoting literacy and family fun features book talks and signings by national authors, including:

Lisa Gardner
Saturday, March 7 - 11 a.m. - Room A119
With the enormously successful publication of last year's New York Times bestselling Hide, Lisa Gardner received some of the most impressive reviews of her career. The Chicago Tribune called it her "best book yet." The Wall Street Journal said "the crises are gripping, the protagonists earn quick sympathy and the pages turn with speed" and in a starred review, Booklist said it "takes your breath away…head and shoulders above anything else Gardner's written, this riveting novel represents the author at the height of her powers." With nine consecutive New York Times bestselling thrillers and nearly ten million copies of her books in print, Gardner returns this summer with Say Goodbye, her most complex and explosive thriller to date. Say Goodbye was published as a Bantam Books Hardcover on July 15, 2008 and reintroduces characters made popular in her previous novels - The Third Victim, The Next Accident, The Killing Hour and Gone.

Dan Yaccarino
Saturday, March 7 - 11:45 a.m. - Room L287
Dan Yaccarino is a critically acclaimed artist, writer and producer who has created many children's books as well as his own animated television series. He is the author of Who Will Sing a Lullaby?, Unlovable, Dan Yaccarino's Mother Goose and I'm Off to the Moon! In 2001, his animated television series, "Oswald," premiered on the Nickelodeon network and received much praise and a Parent's Choice Award recommendation. His new animated series, "Willa's Wild

Life," will soon air on the Discovery Channel. His latest books include Little Boy with a Big Horn and The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau.

Leo Bretholz
Saturday, March 7-1:15 p.m. Theater in the Scott Center
Leo Bretholz is a Holocaust survivor, author, and lecturer with an inspiring story to tell. On Nov. 5, 1942, Bretholz was deported on convoy 42 with 1000 others headed for Auschwitz. With his friend Manfred Silberwasser, he escaped through the window and leaped off the train. Staying with two priests on subsequent nights, he and Manfred were given train tickets to Paris with a new set of false identification papers, this time under the name Marcel Dumont. Upon crossing into the Southern region (Vichy France), Bretholz was arrested again for abandoning his assigned residence. He spent nine months in prison, one month of which was in solitary confinement for having escaped for two days. He was released in September, 1943.
Bretholz  has written a book, Leap Into Darkness, and appeared in the documentary film "Survivors Among Us." He currently lives in Pikesville and speaks regularly in a range of venues, including the annual Holocaust Remembrance Project, sponsored by the Holland and Knight Charitable Foundation.
Additional activities throughout the day include:

" New book sales discounted 20 percent
" Local authors
" Silent Auction
" Announcement of Student Writing Contest winners
" Children's story time
" Professor Wizard and his Wonders of Science
" Family literacy resource area
" Free children's books (while supplies last)
" Kid's activity area ($2 admission fee)

Proceeds from the Random House Book Fair support student scholarships at Carroll Community College. For the name of a scholarship recipient, call 410-386-8411. For more information about the Book Fair, call 410-386-8155.




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