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Newsletter / April 28, 2019

FIRST NATIONAL ANTIRACIST BOOK FESTIVAL LAUNCHED BY NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER Washington, D.C.–based American University will be the site of the first National Antiracist Book Festival, providing a platform for nearly 50 authors and publishing professionals to discuss policies and power structures that fuel racism in America, as well as the efforts being made to dismantle those systems…. Young adult authors Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson will talk with one another about “Writing to capture the hearts and minds of youth.” READ MORE…   NHCC HOSTS CHILDREN’S READING FESTIVAL “Margarita (Engle) came here last May to read from her books,” recalled Martínez, NHCC director of history and literary arts and festival organizer. “I asked her afterwards what can we do at the (National Hispanic Cultural Center) NHCC that is not happening elsewhere. She said there are very few bilingual book festivals in the country.” Their conversation was about Spanish and English. But the NHCC’s festival expands “bilingualism” to include Native American languages, Martínez said. READ MORE…   SPRING 2019 PUBLISHER’S PREVIEW: FIVE QUESTIONS FOR ELOISE GREENFIELD Why are people afraid of poetry? I don’t see the fear. When I watch poets or teachers reading poetry to children and/or adults, the…

Newsletter / February 24, 2019

PHOTOS: BERMUDIAN ART FEATURED IN GOVT BUILDING  Lovitta Foggo, the community affairs minister, with local artist Sharon Wilson Sharon Wilson is a Bermuda based artist whose work both captures and explores the beauty of the human spirit…Working exclusively with pastels for more than twenty years, Sharon has recently begun working in the 3000 year old medium of Encaustic art, involving painting with molten waxes. READ MORE… 1997 HONOR TITLE ILLUSTRATED BY SHARON WILSON ACTING WHILE BLACK When Alice Childress’ first full-length drama, Trouble in Mind, was first produced in 1955, it ran for 91 performances. Afterward, Childress became the first black woman to win an Obie Award for the play, which was inspired by her own experiences as an actor. READ MORE… 1974 HONOR TITLE AROUND CAPE ANN: AN ONSCREEN JOURNEY WITH ARTISTIC GREATS Winthrop, who is the author of four novels, lives in Gloucester and teaches creative writing at Endicott College in Beverly. Her latest novel, “The Mercy Seat,” caught the attention of the New York Times, which called it a “well-timed page turner.” It tells the story of 18-year-old Willie Jones, a black man accused of a crime he might not have committed. READ MORE… PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL TO WELCOME AUTHOR JOSEPH…