May
20
11:00 AM11:00

2017 Prince George's Book Festival

  • Wayne Curry Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex (map)
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The 2017 Prince George's Spring Book Festival will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 11 AM - 5 PM at the Wayne Curry Prince Georges Sports & Learning Complex, located at 8001 Sheriff Rd. in Landover, MD. The annual one-day event in celebration of the written word and its role in improving literacy in our community. Our mission is to promote reading and writing. This free and open to the public, all-day event includes exhibiting authors who will sell and sign their books, panel discussions, workshops, readings and activities for children in the Kidz Zone. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1849666855280783 or email 2016pgbookfestival@gmail.com for more information.

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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May
13
7:00 PM19:00

A Farewell Wrap Up: Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour; FOLA closing networking event

Enjoy the festivities of the Gateway Open Studio Tour  including live art demonstrations, music performances, glassworks, sculptures, painting and more and end the evening as authors, readers, FOLA partners, panelists, industry leaders, and creative professionals will converge to mix and mingle a final time at Bird Restaurant. Bring your business cards, books, and illustrations to show your talents to the creative community a final time. Come prepared to network, sell books, and make industry connections!  This free event is being presented in partnership with the Gateway CDC. For more information on Gateway Open Studios Tour visit www.gatewayopenstudios.org

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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May
13
6:35 PM18:35

Bowie Baysox Read & Hit A Home Run Reading Night: Art in the Park and Fireworks

Prior to the start of the Bowie Baysox 1996 season, the team established the Read & Hit A Home Run Reading Program to help encourage literacy and an excitement for reading in local elementary and middle school students.  What started with an idea and twenty local Prince George's County schools in 1996, has branched out to include schools in 10 counties across the state of Maryland and Washington, DC. The Read & Hit A Home Run Reading Program now reaches over 250 schools and impacts over 70,000 students. The program also works closely with many Home Schools throughout the region.

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May
13
1:00 PM13:00

Strengthening Our Community Through Poetry and Paintings

Come hear Sylvia Dianne Beverly (Ladi Di), Sistah Joy, Edgar Gabriel Silex, Patrick Washington, Hiram Larew, and Samantha Jackson—Prince George’s County’s 2017 Youth Poet Laureate— read poetry as visual artists simultaneously sketch, draw, and paint wholly new work on stage. The artists—  Karen Maria Valerie Beverly and Jamille Jones— will discuss their visual interpretation of the poems. The audience will be invited to comment on the poetry and the artwork during a question and answer period. Light refreshments will follow. 

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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May
13
12:00 PM12:00

13th Annual Gateway Open Studios Tour

The Gateway Arts District is home to hundreds of artists representing every artistic medium. On this self-guided tour, you are invited to visit over 100 participating studios, galleries, and other cultural venues for a behind-the-scenes experience. All ages are welcome, and since there is SO much to do, we recommend you look ahead and plan your tour route in advance. Be sure to join us for the After Party from 5-8pm at the 39th Street Gallery in the Gateway Arts Center.  www.gatewayopenstudios.org

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Amplifying Youth Voices: Published Youth Authors Speak to Inspire

  • Laurel Branch Library; Dorothy Height Room (map)
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During Destination Inspiration, published authors remind people of all ages that dream can be achieved at any age. Gabrielle Jordan will lead a panel discussion and inspiring workshop designed to spark your creativity. Rising young authors will discuss their journeys. A free lunch for children will follow, although all ages are welcome to attend the event. Panelists include Alexis Proctor, Terise Smith, Miguel Coppedge, and Tyler Stallings. Panel followed by on site picnic.

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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May
12
2:00 PM14:00

The Business of Writing Fundamentals: A Practical Overview of What All Authors Should Know

Is writing a book more than an item to cross off your bucket list?  If you are ready to commit to the endeavor, this panel discussion is designed for you. Experienced literary professionals reveal the business aspects of publishing and selling books. What does it take to working with freelancers and editors, select a book printer, and learn to market your work professionally? Come join experienced and award-wining authors. Jessica Tilles, Amy S. Hansen, Sandra Bowman, Austin S.  Camacho, and Omar Tyree to hear these answers and more. Free Admission.

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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May
12
12:00 PM12:00

How to Run your Blog like Boss

How can you build your brand, maintain a popular blog with a following, balance life, and make blogging profitable? Join Black Bloggers Connect founder, Jessica Aiwuyor, Three6ixtyfive founder Terrence Smalls, Nicole Luke (DC Thrifty Mom), and fashionista, Nikki Brooks-Revis.

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

The Big Screen: Transforming Literary Work and Original Ideas into Film

What does it take to bring literary ideas and novels to the big screen? Hear experienced screenwriters discuss how they made it happen. A screening of Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood’s “Secrets” will follow.  Join Azarel Smallwood, Ericka Boston, Omar Tyree, Nancy Morejón, Catherine Murphy, and Alonzo Crawford. This free event is being presented in partnership with the Creative Edge Collaborative and the City of Greenbelt.

Admission: Free

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May
11
2:00 PM14:00

Publishing Your Story: A Conversation about Launching your Literary Masterpiece

What are the pros and cons of self-publishing and traditionally publishing a book? Experienced authors and literary professionals will discuss publishing considerations and the publishing process. This introductory panel discussion is for aspiring and new authors. Join Ella Curry, Rick Daniels, Tiffany Warren, Clyde McElvene, and Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood for an informative discussion.

Admission: Free and Open to the Public

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May
11
9:30 AM09:30

Pyramid Atlantic Art Book Making Workshop

  • Busboys and Poets; Howard Zinn Room (map)
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In this long stitch book workshop participants will learn to create a beautiful long stitch book.  They walk away with a sewing card and one complete journal, plus the confidence to make many more books!  Some binding experience will be helpful, but not necessary. To RSVP contact, klyles@pgahc.org.

Admission: Free Event.  Limit 20 participants.

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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Launching Creative Inspiration and Inner Excellence

  • Busboys and Poets; Howard Zinn Room (map)
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Life stylist, nationally syndicated advice columnist, best-selling author, former Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, and founder of DREAMLEAPERS, Harriette Cole will open FOLA networking events with an inspiring message to “access and activate your passion.”   Harriette’s goal is to motivate individuals and organizations to act on their instincts, to push past their fears and to walk toward their strengths, to choose to live a fulfilled life by claiming it now.

Admission: Free and Open to the Public.

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May
10
10:00 AM10:00

Literary Arts and Social Consciousness of our Youth Today: Prince George's County Public Schools

Award winning Cuban Poet, Nancy Morejón and London born writer, Leon Logothetis, The Kindness Diaries, present at Suitland High School engaging students to acquire an appreciation for other cultures and respect the differences inherent in them.  Building understanding, making connections, and developing empathy among diverse populations of students will enhance their ability to interact in a successful manner within our global community.  This is a Prince George’s Public School event being presented in partnership with the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center.

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May
7
7:00 AM07:00

Women of the World Festival

PGAHC in collaboration with PEN America and WOW, Nancy Morejón will participate in the Women of the World Festival (WOW), “Unapologetically Afro-Latina”. This WOW conversation celebrates what it means to be an Afro Latina and explores intersectionality of her identity. The festival celebrates the power of girls and women from Harlem and around the world.  Experience , Sunday’s WOW Festival Activities and lunch in Harlem on chartered bus leaving from 1801 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD at 7:00 AM returning 11:00 PM.  Roundtrip transportation cost per passenger is $30, includes free WOW festival ticket, continental breakfast and lite supper box.  To RSVP contact, klyles@pgahc.org. Limited Seating. This trip is being presented in partnership with TADA Travel. 

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May
6
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Nancy Morejon and Wild Noise: World Voices Festival; Bronx, NY

Nancy Morejón will appear at the Bronx Museum to discuss ethnicity, gender, history, politics, Afro-Cuban identity, and the collision of cultures in the “New World” with her poetry. This meet-the-poet talk and reading will be set against the backdrop of the Bronx Museum’s Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje exhibition. The event will be held at 6:30 P.M. in the Bronx, New York.

Admission: Free

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May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond Artistic Borders: An Evening of Afro-Cuban Culture and Inspiring Prose

  • Prince George's Community College, Rennie Forum (map)
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The Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC), Office of the County Executive, Prince George’s Community College, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, and M-NCPPC invite you to join us in welcoming Cuban award-winning poet Nancy Morejón, 2017 FOLA Literary Artist in Residence.  Conversation will be facilitated by filmmaker Catherine Murphy, director/producer“MAESTRA” and founder of The Literacy Project.  Program begins at 6:00 PM in the Rennie Forum Auditorium, followed by a welcome reception. This free event is being presented in partnership with Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation.

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May
3
to May 13

Youth Reading Zone

Free books for youth will be available in six salons and barbershops locations throughout Prince George’s County from May 3 - 13. This PGAHC sponsored event is a continuation of Tyler Stallings’ #1000bookgiveaway. The initiative to encourage youth to read at home was created by the 5-year-author. To date, over 2,500 books have been distributed through the traveling book festival. Please visit a location below to find books for children of all ages. Locations:  Hands On Barbers 3811 34th St., Mt. Rainier, MD  Friendly Faces Barber Shop, 3505 East West Hwy Hyattsville, MD,  Mitchellville Family Barber Shop, 12128 Central Ave., Mitchellville, MD, Transformation Hair Designs by Tina, 9007 Ardmore Road, Springdale, MD, Real Wild Kutz Barbershop, 13919 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD,  Wish Upon A Star Salon & Boutique, 6019 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD.

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