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Book Clubs United to Host literacy event

Updated on August 12, 2014
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Beverly Jenkins headlines Book Club event

This September, Greensboro and the surrounding area will be treated to some of the biggest names in African American fiction at a free event. National bestselling author Beverly Jenkins headlines a mix of voices that range from romance to erotica to Christian fiction.

This event was organized to showcase the diversity in literature and arts, according to the Facebook page announcing the event.

“In addition, participants will be treated to tantalizing panel discussions on publishing, relationships and books to TV. The event will also showcase a few of the best dancers and spoken word in the region. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes. Refreshments will be provided by the generosity of the Greensboro Public Library System.”

Iris Bolling, one of the featured authors at the event and executive producer of The Heart TV series, which is based on her popular series of novels, said, “Reading is a proven way to increase literacy. Every time an author writes a story, we open doors to the imagination. Exploring the imagination allows us to grow as individuals. We get to visit other communities, occupations, countries and in some instance other worlds. What better way to learn about this wonderful journey called life? As an author what better way to share that journey with others?”

Romance author, AlTonya Washington, who is a fan favorite with her collection of family saga books about the Ramsey and Tesanos families, said, “I have always loved to read. From my earliest days of Amelia Bedelia, Ramona Quinby and the Paddington Bear stories to my discovery of the world of romance novels, books have always held a special place in my mind and heart.”

Quoting Frank Serafini, an Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Children's Literature at Arizona State University, “There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.”

“I believe this quote is so very true and would pray that all children will experience that amazing feeling of finding the right book,” Washington said.

The job of book clubs is to help people find the right book and they are the best places for authors to share their works.

Book clubs are an important element to the success of writers. Members of the club help spread the word about an author and his or her work.

Lasheera Lee, one of the event’s organizers, said the purpose of Book Clubs United is to spread love of the arts.

“Book Clubs United Book Club is comprised of three book clubs. The goal of the club is to spread their love if literacy and arts to the community,” Lee said. “The three book clubs are located in different geographical locations throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Therefore, the group, with assistance from the Guilford County Library System, picked Greensboro as a central location.”

For author Kianna Alexander who writes historical, paranormal and erotic romances, events like this one are just what people need to foster a love of reading.

“To my mind, literacy is power to overcome your circumstances, knowledge that can improve your life and the lives of those around you, and an escape hatch to another world when the real one becomes too much,” she said. “I would even venture to say literacy is necessary to us in the same way air is.”

Want to go?

What: Book Clubs United

When: September 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Greensboro Main Library Branch, 219 N. Church Street, Greensboro, NC

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