Thursday, August 19, 2010
South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival celebrates literacy August 27-29
New this year is an event called "Sweet Talk," a sweet potato pie contest. Yum.
DALLAS Tulisoma – “we read” in Swahili – brings together avid readers, authors, artists, and community members every year in Dallas to celebrate the South Dallas Book Fair and Arts Festival. The eighth annual event will be held August 27-29, 2010, at the African-American Museum at Fair Park (and several other locations for additional programs that are part of the three-day celebration).
Book readings, storytelling, writing workshops, spoken word poetry, panel discussions, performances, a new event called “Sweet Talk” (a sweet potato pie contest), and the annual Sunday Gospel Brunch are all part of this free three-day event. More than 30 local and regional authors are participating, and books and merchandise will be sold during the event.
The festivities begin on Friday, August 27, with the Heart and Soul Tour of South Dallas historical sites and landmarks, led by Dallas Councilmember Carolyn R. Davis. Persons interested in this event must register by Monday, August 23; call (214) 926-3799 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The tour leaves City Hall Plaza at 1:45 p.m. that day.
Among the activities this year is a “mini” African American Read-In presented by the Dallas County Community College District, which has organized a citywide literacy event for more than a decade; the district is also a Tulisoma sponsor this year. DCCCD’s “mini” read-in at Tulisoma will be held on Saturday, August 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the downstairs auditorium of the African-American Museum at Fair Park.
The event will feature DCCCD employee and dramatist Elizabeth Sheppard; visiting artist Leena Conquest; musicians William Hibler and Kris Ray, who both participated in the 2010 DCCCD citywide read-in; young poet David Radcliff; award-winning poet and North Lake College student Nkonyezi Nanyamka, who will perform an original work; and soul and gospel singer Paris Green. The read-in will close with some comic relief: Them’s LAUGHING WORDS: The Comedy of Marvin Michaels. All performers, in keeping with the DCCCD read-in’s goal to promote literacy, will discuss the importance of reading, writing, and pursuing an education not only in their lives but also in their artistic careers.
The read-in is free, and DCCCD staff members will be on hand to share information about enrolling in college, participating in upcoming events and sharing other opportunities. They also will have promotional items for audience members.
DCCCD will present two workshops for adults during Tulisoma with authors Dr. Njoki McElroy and Dr. Roslyn Walker, who also is the African and African American collection curator for the Dallas Museum of Art. McElroy’s presentation, titled “1012 Natchez: A Memoir of Grace, Hardship and Style Amid Hardship,” will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Helen Giddings Room, first floor of the African-American Museum. Walker’s workshop, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. in the same location, will explore “The Arts of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific.”
This year’s featured Tulisoma authors include:
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson – Author of several children’s books, including Always Gramma, Mayfield Crossing, Beyond Mayfield, and Almost to Freedom; poet, teacher, newspaper reporter and school librarian; Always Gramma selected by the Children’s Book Council as a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the field of social studies.
Karen E. Quinones Miller – An Essence bestselling and NAACP Literary Award nominee; author of five novels: I’m Telling, Using What You Got, Ida B., Satin Nights, and Passin’; former newspaper reporter and magazine correspondent.
Corey Dade – Reporter for the Atlanta bureau of the Wall Street Journal and president of the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists; has covered politics and economics; former reporter for the Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Detroit Free Press, and the Miami Herald as well as commentator for National Public Radio, CNN, Headline News, and CNBC.
Rosalyn Story – A violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony, her first book, And So I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert, inspired the PBS documentary Aida’s Brothers and Sisters: A History of Blacks in Opera (which she narrated).
Queen Afua – Nationally-known herbalist and holistic health specialist; author of Heal Thyself for Health and Longevity; has written essays and articles for Essence Magazine, Amsterdam News, Caribbean Life, and other publications; has appeared on a number of TV and radio programs and was featured in the January 2000 issue of Essence.
Source: Dallas County Community College District
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