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AUTHOR SPEAK

Nov 4 – MARYLAND ONE BOOK Author Dr. Hanna-Attisha to speak. 7pm. Free; open to public. Chesapeake College, Todd Performing Arts Center. Info: Talbot County Free Library 410-822-1626 or www.tcfl.org.

Maryland Humanities Council Announces Author Tour

KPBookCover (259 x 400)-One Maryland One Book Author King Peggy Tours Maryland

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) will welcome 2013 One Maryland One Book author King Peggy to Maryland from September 7 – September 28 for a seven-stop tour across the state, to speak about, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village. King Peggy will start her author tour at North Caroline High School in Ridgley and end the tour at the Baltimore Book Festival. King Peggy will also visit the Elkton Central Library, The Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Lexington Park Library, Harford Community College, and at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.

One Maryland One Book (OMOB), a program of the Maryland Center for the Book, brings diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, and community settings to share a common reading experience through book discussions and companion programming each fall. To find discussions and other programs or author tour information visit www.onemarylandonebook.org.

About the Book:
King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman
King Peggy chronicles the journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana’s central coast. On a hot August night in 2008, Peggielene was startled awake by a long-distance call. It was her cousin in Ghana with incredible news: Peggy’s uncle Joseph, king of a beautiful village on the west coast of Africa, had died, and sacred rituals revealed Peggy to be the next king of Otuam. Thinking it was a joke, she almost hung up. How could a secretary in Washington, D.C., an American citizen, be an African king? Not to mention that she was a woman. But it was true, and, in an instant, Peggy’s life was forever changed. Peggy’s first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.
About The Authors
Peggielene Bartels—“King Peggy”—was born in Ghana in 1953 and moved to Washington, D.C. in her mid-twenties to work at Ghana’s embassy. She became an American citizen in 1997. In 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of seven thousand souls on the west coast of Africa. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, still works at the embassy, and spends several weeks each year in Ghana. Find out more at www.kingpeggy.com.
Eleanor Herman is the author of three books of women’s history, including The New York Times bestsellers Sex with Kings and Sex with the Queen. Her profile of Peggy was a cover story for The Washington Post Magazine. She lives in McLean, Virginia. Find out more at www.eleanorherman.com.
“Wandering Books” – King Peggy Wanders Maryland

Free copies of the 2013 One Maryland One Book selection have been released around the state with a fun campaign to entice readers to the program, called “Wandering Books.” Readers can receive clues about where to find books via MHC’s One Maryland One Book Facebook page or by following @MDHumanities on Twitter. Libraries in Washington, Harford, Queen Anne’s, Frederick, Talbot, Prince George’s, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties are responsible for each book’s starting location. Readers log onto www.bookcrossing.com and register their book’s ID number, leave a comment or review, then return it to a new locale to be found again. Instructions located inside the book jacket guide readers. Participation is free. Participants who register books will be automatically entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble when the campaign ends in the fall.

About the Maryland Humanities Council: MHC is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that stimulates and promotes informed dialogue and civic engagement on issues critical to Marylanders. For more information, visit www.mdhc.org. MHC is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.
2013 One Maryland One Book Author Tour Schedule

EVENT: An Afternoon with King Peggy
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: North Caroline High School – 10990 River Road, Ridgely
Info: (410) 479-1343

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Monday, September 9, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Elkton Central Library – 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton
Info: (410) 996-5600

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Friday, September 13, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Weinberg Center for the Arts – 20 W. Patrick Street, Frederick
Info: (301) 600-2828

EVENT: King Peggy LIVE!
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lexington Park Library – 21677 FDR Boulevard, Lexington Park
Info: (301) 863-8188

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harford Community College Chesapeake Theater – 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air
Info: (410) 273-5600

EVENT: An Evening with King Peggy
Date: Friday, September 27, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center Auditorium – 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
Info: (240) 567-1688

EVENT: Baltimore Book Festival – Baltimore, Maryland
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Baltimore Book Festival’s Literary Salon. Mount Vernon Square, Baltimore City
Info: (410) 685-0095

One Maryland One Book is proudly supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation, and BGE, with additional support from M&T Bank, and in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The 2013 Author tour is coordinated in partnership with Calvert Library, Caroline County Public Library, Cecil County Public Library, Charles County Public Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, Harford County Public Library, Montgomery College, St. Mary’s County Library, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, with additional support from Frederick Reads, Friends of Caroline County Public Library, Caroline County Public Schools, Harford Community College, Harford County Community Services, Hosanna School and Museum, The Weinberg Center for the Arts, and Tuscarora High School.

Support from BGE, The Thalheimer Foundation, and M&T Bank Promotes Reading Statewide

Maryland Humanities Council (197 x 70)In support of the One Maryland One Book (OMOB) program, promoting reading and discussion programs throughout the state, the Maryland Humanities Council has been awarded $2,500 by M&T Bank, $10,000 by the Thalheimer Foundation, and for the fifth consecutive year $10,000 by BGE.

One Maryland One Book, a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, is Maryland’s statewide community reading project, boasting participation in all 24 Maryland counties. In its sixth year, One Maryland One Book is a year-long project that culminates with two months of public programs each fall, using literature to spur conversations in diverse communities on issues critical to Marylanders and inspiring lifelong reading, learning, and civic engagement. One Maryland One Book is also funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LSTA grant funds, through the Division of Library Development & Services, and the Maryland State Department of Education.

“We are thankful to have such generous partners in BGE, the Thalheimer Foundation, and M&T Bank, who have seen the value in the One Maryland One Book program since its early years,” said Phoebe Stein, Executive Director of the Maryland Humanities Council. “Ongoing partnerships with leaders in the business community allow our nonprofit to reach as many Marylanders as possible.”

BGE’s community giving goals are closely linked with the overall success and health of communities, and it is committed to programs that sustain and improve the lives of Marylanders. Areas of giving focus include energy efficiency, environment, economic and community development, emergency response/safety, and education.

“BGE has a long-standing commitment to support educational initiatives in the communities we serve, and we are truly excited to team with the Maryland Humanities Council for their One Maryland One Book program,” said Calvin G. Butler, Jr., Senior Vice President of regulatory and external affairs for BGE. “Literacy is essential for our youth and young adults to become knowledgeable, productive members of their community. Therefore, we applaud One Maryland One Book for its efforts to use literature as a catalyst to achieve higher levels of literacy and to inspire more conversations on the important issues here in Maryland. We know that an informed community promotes civic engagement and BGE is proud to participate as a supporter of the One Maryland One Book program.”

The Thalheimer Foundation is invested in improving the quality of life in Maryland. The foundation carries on the philanthropic tradition of its founders by supporting programs which improve public education, funding workforce development and job opportunity programs, improving the basic needs of the disadvantaged, and supporting Jewish continuity and community development.

The 2013 One Maryland One Book Pick
One Maryland One Book unites diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book accompanied by programs to promote a lifelong love of reading. The 2013 One Maryland One Book selection is King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. King Peggy chronicles the journey of an American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana’s central coast, half a world away. Peggy’s first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.

About the Maryland Humanities Council: The Maryland Humanities Council is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(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, visit www.mdhc.org. MHC is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.

Copies Of One Maryland Book Pick Wander Around the State; Free “Wandering Books” of King Peggy Hit the Road

Maryland Humanities Council (197 x 70)Free copies of the 2013 One Maryland One Book (OMOB) selection have been released around the state of Maryland with a unique and fun campaign to entice readers new to the program, called “Wandering Books.” A social media campaign utilizing Facebook and Twitter will support the promotion. Participating libraries include the Washington County Free Library, Harford County Public Library, Queen Anne’s County Free Library, Frederick County Public Libraries, Talbot County Free Library, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, and the Southern Maryland Regional Library system, which includes Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties.

About One Maryland One Book
One Maryland One Book (OMOB), a program of the Maryland Center for the Book, brings diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, and community settings to share a common reading experience through book discussions and companion programming. The 2013 One Maryland One Book is King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. King Peggy chronicles the journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana’s central coast. Peggy’s first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community. One Maryland One Book is proudly sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Alvin and Fanny B. Thalheimer Foundation, BGE, with additional support from M&T Bank and the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

About “Wandering Books”
What is a “Wandering Book”? Free copies will be left for lucky readers in nine counties, in locations ranging from laundromats, ice cream parlors, to spas, encouraging Marylanders to read the OMOB pick and participate. Readers are asked to log onto www.bookcrossing.com and register their book’s ID number, leave a comment or review, then return it to the “reading wild” for the next person to find. Instructions located on the inside cover of the book jacket will provide readers with instructions and participation is free. Readers who leave a review or comment will be automatically entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble when the campaign ends in the fall. “Wandering Books is a great way for people to discover a new book,” says OMOB Program Officer Andrea Lewis. “You get to have a little fun while searching for a free copy, and then find a creative spot to drop the book off for the next person to find.”

Social media plays a critical role in launching and sustaining the campaign, engaging audiences through MHC platforms and on the local library level. MHC connects to over 5,000 Marylanders on Facebook and with 2,400+ Twitter followers. Users can “LIKE” the One Maryland One Book Facebook page or follow MHC at @MDHumanities on Twitter to join discussions, and access other dynamic media about the book or the author.

About the Maryland Humanities Council
MHC is a statewide, educational, 501(c)(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. The Maryland Humanities Council is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards www.bakerartistawards.org/.

 

One Maryland One Book Author Tour Stops Announced

The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is proud to announce the locations and dates for its One Maryland One Book author tour with Sherman Alexie from September 22 – 24, 2011. His book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is the 2011 One Maryland One Book selection.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a semi-autobiographical work. The book details the life of Arnold Spirit (a.k.a. Junior), a 14-year-old budding cartoonist living on the Spokane Indian reservation in Washington State, as he attempts to break away from a seemingly inescapable future. The novel, a 2007 National Book Award winner, tackles poverty, bullying, overcoming adversity and family struggles.

One Maryland One Book (OMOB) is Maryland’s statewide community reading project and a program of the Maryland Center for the Book. With support from Honorary Chairperson First Lady Katie O’Malley, One Maryland One Book is a year-long project that culminates with two months of free public programs, using literature to spur conversations on critical issues in communities across the state. Libraries, educational institutions, community organizations, and cultural institutions partner with MHC to produce companion programming and book discussions during September and October.

“The Maryland Humanities Council has been fortunate to have outstanding local partners co-host the One Maryland One Book Author Tour each year,” said Andrea Lewis, One Maryland One Book Coordinator. “This year we are excited to tour to three communities that have never before had a visit from the author as a part of the program—Frederick, Cumberland and Wye Mills—in addition to our annual stop at the Baltimore Book Festival. The author tour is a highly anticipated component of the program, and we are delighted to work with three communities that are so enthusiastic about literature.”

At each stop, the author will give a talk and Q&A followed by a book signing. There will be four stops on the tour, including an appearance in the Literary Salon at the Baltimore Book Festival on September 24. Visit www.onemarylandonebook.org for an ongoing list of program partners and events.

About Sherman Alexie
Author, poet and screenwriter Sherman Alexie was named one of The New Yorker’s 20 top writers for the 21st century. The New York Times Book Review described him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time.” Men’s Journal called him “the world’s first fast-talking and wisecracking mediagenic American-Indian superstar.” His latest books include Flight, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and Face, his first full collection of poems in nine years. His collection of short stories, War Dances, was released in Fall 2009, and was the winner of the PEN Faulkner Award.

Alexie wrote and produced the film, Smoke Signals, based on his book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. In 2002 he made his directorial debut with The Business of Fancydancing. He is currently working on a sequel to The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven entitled Fire with Fire, and a sequel to True Diary entitled The Magic and Tragic Year of My Broken Thumb. For more information on Sherman Alexie and his other works, visit www.fallsapart.com.

2011 One Maryland One Book Author Tour Stops
The author will give a talk and Q&A followed by a book signing at each location. All programs are free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details are subject to change; any changes will be posted at www.mdhc.org.

EVENT: An Evening with Sherman Alexie – Queen Anne’s County
Date(s): Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Location: Chesapeake College, Todd Performing Arts Center 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD 21679
This program is being co-hosted by Chesapeake College.

EVENT: An Afternoon with Sherman Alexie – Allegany County
Date(s): Friday, September 23, 2011 at Noon
Location: Allegany College of Maryland, Auditorium
12401 Willowbrook Road SE, Cumberland, MD 21502
This program is being co-hosted by the Allegany County Library System.

EVENT: An Evening with Sherman Alexie – Frederick County
Date(s): Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Location: Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 West Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701
This program is being co-hosted by Frederick County Public Libraries.

EVENT: Baltimore Book Festival
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011 time TBD
Location: Mount Vernon Square, Baltimore
This event will be held in the Book Festival’s Literary Salon.

About the Maryland Humanities Council
The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) is a statewide, educational 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which utilizes the humanities to encourage informed dialogue and increased civic engagement. MHC encourages Marylanders with different backgrounds and viewpoints to see, hear, and learn more about others and themselves because only informed engaged citizens can build healthy, democratic societies. Since 1973, the Maryland Humanities Council has brought humanities programs to communities across the state and provided grant funding for nonprofit organizations to create their own humanities programs. To learn more, visit www.mdhc.org.

Book Discussion

The Queen Anne’s County Free Library invites readers in grades 6-8 to participate in a discussion of Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate on Wednesday, October 13 at 2:30 p.m. at the Centreville Library and on Thursday, October 14, at 2:30 p.m. at the Kent Island Library.

Copies of the book, which is the first One Maryland One Book selection for younger readers, are available for checkout at both libraries. No registration is required, and the program is free of charge.

“This is a short novel written in free verse, which can be read quickly,” said librarian Julie Ranelli. “I’m eager to hear how readers respond to the main character, Kek, who is a Sudanese refugee trying to adjust to American life.”

Sponsored by the The Maryland Center for the Book, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council, One Maryland One Book encourages everyone in Maryland to read the same great book at the same time.

Maryland Humanities Council Executive Director Phoebe Stein Davis noted, “For three years teachers and librarians have asked us to provide a companion book for younger readers as part of One Maryland One Book.”

This young adult novel complements the themes of the 2010 One Maryland One Book selection, Outcasts United, by Warren St. John.

Both Outcasts United and Home of the Brave are stories of refugees relocated to the United States, their struggles to adjust to their new home, and the community’s response to these new and different residents.

Initiated in fall 2007, One Maryland One Book is designed to bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a work of literature.

To receive more information about library programs, please call the Centreville Library at 410-758-0980 or Kent Island Branch at 410-643-8161 or visit the library website, www.quan.lib.md.us.

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.