Carroll Community College Hosts the 23nd Annual Penguin Random House Book Fair Featuring New York Times Best-Selling Author James McBride and Author/Illustrator Greg Pizzoli

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Trish McCarthy Carroll, Chief Communications Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., February 25, 2020—Carroll Community College (Carroll), in partnership with Penguin Random House, will host the annual Penguin Random House Book Fair on Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7, 2020. Admission to the Book Fair is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to once again host this popular community event in partnership with Penguin Random House,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “Without a doubt, the support of our patrons are at the heart of this event. Your support of the Book Fair will greatly contribute to the College’s Mission to empower learners and build community through the power of reading.”

“We are privileged to be the sponsor of this fun and educational event,” said Annette Danek-Akey, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain at Penguin Random House in Westminster. “The Book Fair will feature two of our best-selling and award-winning authors and is a great way to showcase the power of books to readers of all ages in our community.”

“One hundred percent of the event proceeds are used for much needed scholarships, so that our students can ‘be the change’ they want to see in the world,” emphasized Steve Wantz, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the College Foundation for Carroll.

The Book Fair kicks off on Friday, March 6, with the the popular Family Movie Night that will feature “Toy Story 4” in the Theater in the Scott Center at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person and can be purchased between March 2 and March 5 by calling 410-386-8150, or in-person at the Theater starting at 4 p.m. on March 6. A pre-sale of more than 5,000 adult and children’s books will be offered on Friday at a 20 percent discount in the Babylon Great Hall on Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday’s activities will also feature “An Evening with James McBride” presented by Carroll County Public Library. McBride is an accomplished author, musician and screenwriter whose debut work, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, sold millions of copies worldwide. He is the author of The New York Times best-selling The Good Lord Bird, the winner of the National Book Award in 2013 that will become a television series on Showtime. McBride was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama “for humanizing the complexities of discussing race in America.”

Admission to the Talk is $25 and includes a copy of McBride’s latest book Deacon King Kong. Set in Brooklyn in 1969, the novel explores the effect on the community when a cranky old church deacon shoots a drug dealer in the courtyard of a housing project. The causes and aftermath of the shooting unfold in the novel, and are told with insight and wit, ultimately demonstrating that love and faith live in all of us. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Bollinger Family Conference Center, Room K100. To register online please go to Carroll County Public Library’s website:

On Saturday March 7, the Book Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Babylon Great Hall and other areas throughout the College. Children’s Story Time, hosted by the Carroll County Public Library, will take place at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. in Room L287. Throughout the day, children can also enjoy hands-on craft and STEM activities, gym activities, concessions, and a sensory room to provide a quiet space for all ages. Some activities require a $3 wristband. Free books for children (while supplies last) will be available in Room M157. All other books located in the Babylon Great Hall will offered at a 20 percent discount.

Saturday attendees can join the Book Talk at 9:45 am with Greg Pizzoli, the Penguin Random House author/illustrator of numerous picture books. Pizzoli is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, and his work has been featured in The New York Times. Pizzoli also won two Portfolio Honor Awards from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In addition to inspiring children through his workshops and books, Pizzoli teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he received his MFA. For the full list of Greg Pizzoli books published byt PRH please go to:

A Silent Auction will again be part of this year’s Book Fair. Bidding opens on Thursday March 5 at 12 p.m. and closes at 3 p.m. on March 7, and items can be found at

“I wish to personally thank our partner Penguin Random House, our generous sponsors, the dedicated staff at the College Foundation, the Book Fair committee, the Carroll County Pulblic Library, and the many student volunteers who help make this event a great success each and every year,” said Dr. Ball.


Carroll Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing lives. Building community. Carroll Community College (Carroll) provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers, enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at # # #

The Carroll Community College Foundation is a non-profit 501c (3) corporation that is dedicated to the development of financial resources to support the educational needs of all students, businesses and the community. For more information about the Foundation, please call 410-386-8151 or visit our website at