Humanities

Festival Of Literary Arts: May 2015

May 6

“Here's What You Need to Know to Self-Publish Your Book Over the Summer” will feature local authors, RJ Crayton and JM Brown. They will provide information about the self-publishing process. The Prince George's County Memorial Library System will host the free 90-minute seminar at 7:00 p.m. at the Bowie Branch Library, located at 15210 Annapolis Rd. in Bowie, MD. Visit http://www.pgcmls.info/node/6535 for more information or call 301-262-7000.

May 9

The "Read to Lead" Book Fair will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at The Mall at Prince Georges for readers of all ages. Local, nationally known authors, literary professionals and organizations supporting reading will participate. Meet White House correspondent, April Ryan from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Mall at Prince Georges is located at 3500 East West Highway (Route 410), Hyattsville, MD. Visit http://mallatprincegeorges.com/calendar/event/19693-read-to-lead or call 301.559.8844 for further details.

May 14

Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) and Busboys and Poets invites you to attend a Literary Mixer with special host, Tressa “Azarel” Smallwood— publisher of Life Changing Books and co-founder of The Best Sellers Project. Authors, publishing professionals, avid readers, book bloggers and the media are invited to network and mingle from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Busboys and Poets. A special interview about Smallwood’s successful career will be conducted by radio personality, Olivia Fox. Bring your business cards. Free event. An Open Mic will follow, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., suggested donation is $5.00. Busboys and Poets is located at 5331 Baltimore Ave. in Hyattsville, MD. Visit www.pgahc.org or call PGAHC at 301-277-1402 for more information. To reserve ticket for Open Mic, visit www.busboysandpoets.com.

May 16

Screen Writing and the Creative Process

PGAHC and Creative Edge Studio invites you to attend a panel discussion featuring screenwriters and creative professionals. Sam Harman— a film professor at Howard University, Todd Kliman— an author and Dining Editor of The Washingtonian, Anna Reid Jhirad— an award-winning film artist, producer and writer of documentary films, Joy Cheriel Brown—a screenwriter, producer and director, and Alonzo Crawford—an award-winning director and producer of documentaries and films will discuss writing, the creative process and more. The free event will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Busboys and Poets, 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD. Visit www.pgahc.org or call 301-277-1402 for more information.

PGCAC Authors Literary Showcase

Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. invites you to meet 12 local Delta authors from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., during the PGCAC Authors Literary Showcase. The free event will be held at the Largo Student Center at Prince George’s Community College, located at 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD. For additional information, please contact artsandletters@pgcacdst.org or visit http://www.pgcacdst.org.

May 18

An environmental youth workshop for toddlers will be presented by PGAHC and Art Works Now from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Author Cindy Freland will read one of her stories, discuss the Chesapeake Bay and animals, inform young learners about elements of story, then make art related crafts. Art Works Now is located at 3711 Rhode Island Ave, Mount Rainier, MD. Call 301-454-0808 for more information.

May 19

An encore workshop, “Here's What You Need to Know to Self-Publish Your Book Over the Summer” will feature RJ Crayton and JM Brown. They will provide information about the self-publishing process. The Prince George's County Memorial Library System will host the free 90-minute seminar at 7:00 p.m. at the South Bowie Branch Library, located at 15301 Hall Rd, Bowie, MD. Visit http://www.pgcmls.info/node/6651 for more information or call 301-850-0475.

May 23

Bring your family to spring into literary excellence, during the Prince George's Book Festival. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the M-NCPPC, Wayne Curry Sports & Learning Center, located at 8001 Sheriff Road in Landover, MD. Victoria Christopher Murray, mother and daughter duo, Cheryl Wood and Jayana Wood and other authors will sign a variety books. Sharon Lucas, founder of the Reading Divas Book Club, welcomes the public to attend panel discussions. PGAHC invites children to enjoy sponsored entertainment and activities. A hands-on art session will be led by artist/illustrator Roger James. Nine-year-old author Gigi Kiett will sign books. Her company, A Goddess Journey will feature the Majestic Moments Activity Corner for youth. Teen author, Iman Smallwood will also sign books. Kidz N Charge, a boy duet group, will perform. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is scheduled to read to children. Barnes & Noble will present an interactive youth activity. Visit PGAHC’s table to get free books while supplies last. Visit http://springbookfestival.simplesite.com/ for program details or call PGAHC at 301-277-1402 for more information.

May 26

Lulu Delacre, a native of Puerto Rico, will present Canta, baila y viaja por el mundo! Sing, Dance, and Travel the Globe! and sign books. The author and illustrator will play games with little ones, sing island songs and help children to create a bookmark. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the New Carrollton Library, located at 7414 Riverdale Rd. in New Carrollton, MD. Visit http://www.pgcmls.info/node/6474 for more information or call 301-459-6900.

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