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Book Fair Expected to Draw Visitors From Throughout the Region

Release Date: 10/4/2005

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CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Community Relations Coordinator/Web Editor
410-386-8153

Ninth Annual Random House Book Fair Expected to Draw Visitors From Throughout the Region

On Saturday, November 12, 2005, Carroll Community College and Random House will join forces to offer an annual literary and family entertainment extravaganza, which last year drew about 3,000 people to the Westminster-based community college.

The event is called the Ninth Annual Random House Book Fair. It features book talks by national authors, local and student writers, a silent auction, celebrities, book sales and giveaways. This potpourri of literary celebration will also offer musical performances and exciting children's activities.

The Book Fair begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. A special theater showing of the movie Star Wars-Episode III will kick off the Book Fair on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $2.00 per person and $7.00 per family (2 adults and children 12 and under).

Finally, budding and aspiring writers may attend a one-hour workshop titled "Writing Your Memoirs." The workshop will be held Friday evening at 7 p.m. in Room T404.

A Celebration of Reading
Book lovers of all kinds will enjoy a rich and rewarding literary experience at the Book Fair. Three national authors are headlining this year's event.

Rita Mae Brown, author of Cat's Eyewitness will discuss her book. Brown is an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and poet who lives in Charlottesville, Va.

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

Ted Allen, seen on Bravo TV network on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as the show's food and wine connoisseur, will discuss his new book. The book is titled The Food You Want to Eat. It is a quick-reference cookbook, giving you the food you really want to cook and eat, and the knowledge to pull it off with ease. A Chicago native, Allen has been a contributing editor to Esquire magazine. Before joining Esquire, Allen was a senior editor and restaurant critic with Chicago magazine, where he wrote stories for the dining department.

"It is an honor to have this caliber of authors to be part of our Book Fair," said Dr. Faye Pappalardo, college president. "It pleases me that they lend us their expertise. These authors share with the college a commitment and love for literacy."

Visitors to the Book Fair are also invited to be a part of an audience where poets take center stage to read their own works. Three wonderfully creative poets will treat listeners to original poetry readings. The poets include Rosemary Klein, Joseph Harrison, and JaHipster.

Writing for All Ages
The Book Fair celebrates the writings of youth through readings by winners of the Student Writing Contest, all of whom reside in Carroll County,  submitted their unpublished short stories and essays to the contest, and were awarded first, second, and third place honors. In addition, county librarians will engage children who attend the Book Fair with favorite books during Children's Story Time.

About 32 local authors will have their books on display in the college's Great Hall, which draws visitors eager to meet their favorite writers from around the region. Carroll student Mark Rabenhorst will showcase his recently published book about the journey of a wolf named Kivak, who has lost his pack and seeks acceptance into another pack in order to survive. Mark will tell his story to passersby at his exhibit table and explain why he feels honored and blessed to have become an author "ahead of his time."

A financial literacy workshop, presented by Bank of America, will offer life lessons in financial responsibility for youth in a general financial overview.

Television news fans will enjoy the chance to hear WBAL-TV's Stan Stovall and Mindy  Basara, while basketball fans will enjoy the chance to see basketball legend Wes Unseld.

In addition to being a fun, community event, the Book Fair generates proceeds through discounted book sales and a silent auction, as well as corporate sponsorships and advertisements. Proceeds are used to support student scholarships, and two scholarship recipients will take part in the day.

Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Rd. For more information on the Book Fair, please call 410-386-8155.

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