One Maryland One Book Author Warren St. John Will Tour Maryland September 26 Through September 29

New York Times journalist Warren St. John, author of Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town, the Maryland Humanities Council’s  2010 One Maryland One Book selection, will tour Maryland from September 26 to September 29, 2010 with stops in Baltimore, Columbia, Huntingtown, Hagerstown, Silver Spring and Newark. All speaking events are free and open to the public.

St. John will talk about Outcasts United and what was happening in Clarkston, Georgia in the 1990s as the refugee resettlement that remade the town rapidly changed the demographics. Today, more than one third of the town is foreign-born, and students from over 50 countries are enrolled in public schools. He will also talk about the Fugees—a soccer team of refugee boys from war zones in Liberia, Congo, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan and their coach, Luma Mufleh.

St. John is delighted to have the opportunity to talk about the Fugees and Clarkston when he tours Maryland this fall. He says, “When I first learned about Clarkston and the Fugees, I was fascinated because I thought the stories offered a glimpse of America’s future. But when I started my research, I had no idea if any one else would take a similar interest, or see value in learning so much about a small town most people have never heard of. […] there is a great deal to learn from the story of Clarkston.”

“We are thrilled to have Warren St. John tour Maryland to discuss Outcasts United with audiences across the state. People who have read the book are very enthusiastic about the story—seeing parallels in how their own communities are changing and how people respond to those changes,” says Phoebe Stein Davis, Maryland Humanities Council executive director.

One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council. The Maryland Humanities Council has at the core of its mission the deep commitment to provide Marylanders with an opportunity to gather and discuss important issues, believing that a great work of literature provides an excellent springboard to do so. One Maryland One Book is not just about reading or literature; it is also about bringing people together for meaningful dialogue.

St. John will discuss Outcasts United at events that are free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Program dates and locations are:

Sunday, September 26 at noon
Baltimore Book Festival
Literary Salon, Mount Vernon Place
600 Block North Charles Street, Baltimore
Information: 410-685-0095

Sunday, September 26 at 4 p.m.
East Columbia Branch, Howard County Library
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
Information: 410-313-7750; day of event 410-313-7701

Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m.
Huntingtown High School
4125 Solomon’s Island Road, Huntingtown
Information: 410-535-0291 or 301-855-1862

Tuesday, September 28 at 10 a.m.
South Hagerstown High School
1101 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown
Information: 301-739-3250, ext. 186 or 128

Tuesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center
7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Information: 240-567-7417

Wednesday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Worcester Technical High School
6290 Worcester Highway, Newark
Information: 410-632-2600

One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council. For more information, see www.onemarylandonebook.org. The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational, 501c(3) nonprofit organization. The purpose of MHC is to stimulate and promote informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. For more information about MHC, please visit www.mdhc.org.

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