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Annual Random House Book Fair to Feature National Authors

Release Date: 1/14/2011

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411

Annual Random House Book Fair to Feature National Authors

Event to be Held at Carroll Community College on Saturday, March 5, 2011

Westminster, Md., The 14th Annual Random House Book Fair (Book Fair) will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Md. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event, which celebrates literacy, is a Carroll County tradition. A series of kick-off activities will be held the day before on Friday, March 4 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from the Book Fair benefit student scholarships at the college.

National Authors

National authors will conduct book discussions and book signings. They include:

Sandra Neil Wallace--Presentation and Book Signings|10:15 a.m.|L287

Sandra Neil Wallace's debut novel, Little Joe is a heartwarming story of a little boy living a contemporary rural life.

Nine-year-old Eli meets Little Joe with his grandpa on the day Little Joe is born. Little Joe is Eli's first bull calf, whom he raises and shows at the county fair.

Both Eli's grandpa and his pa won the blue ribbon at the county fair in their time and it is Eli's dream to follow in their footsteps. When he discovers that he can enter Little Joe into the fair, he sets off on a mission to befriend the bull calf. As Eli and Little Joe become the best of friends, the realities of contemporary farm life create conflict in the young boy's life.

Exploring intergenerational relationships and ethical decisions, Wallace's debut novel is a perfect choice for the classroom. Boys and girls with a love of animals will enjoy learning about farm life. The compelling text and classic illustrations in Little Joe engage newly independent readers.

Susan Frazer King-Presentation and Book Signings 10:45 a.m.|M157

Visit Scotland today and you will undoubtedly hear about the highly revered and very much adored Queen Margaret. Margaret's reign ended in the eleventh century and yet, to this day, legends and links to Margaret still flourish throughout the country.

A Saxon princess, she was a refugee seeking shelter in Scotland when she married the warrior-king, Malcolm Canmore of Scotland. At first despised for her foreign ways, Margaret's incredible acts of charity and kindness changed minds. The Scots who once resented her quickly grew to adore her. Shortly after her death, a contemporary biography of Margaret's life was written by her personal confessor, Bishop Turgot of England, adding to the mystique of the good and saintly queen. Turgot praised Margaret as a devout woman and devoted monarch, painting a portrait of pure perfection-but for author Susan Fraser King, something was very much missing. In doing her own research into Queen Margaret's life, King discovered Margaret had a fierce temper, a taste for adventure, and even a reckless side. For all her good qualities, Margaret was a real woman with real flaws. In Queen Hereafter: A Novel of Margaret of Scotland, King set out to portray the very real and complex woman behind the legend, offering readers a glimpse into the life of a medieval queen as it might have been.

Rich Wallace--Presentation and Book Signings|11:15 a.m.|L287

Award-winning sports novelist, Rich Wallace, offers a series about soccer for younger readers. With an estimated 12 million American children involved in youth soccer programs, Kickers is sure to find an audience of enthusiastic readers! Kickers debuted with Ball Hogs, followed by Fake Out, Benched, and in January 2011, the 4th in the series, Game-Day Jitters, is on sale.

Each of the four Kickers novels features the same co-ed fourth grade soccer team, the Bobcats, and black and white interior illustrations by Jimmy Holder.

The fast-paced, on-the-field action in the Kickers quartet is spot-on for sports fans, and undoubtedly engages newly independent readers.

Jennifer Arnold--Presentation and Book Signings|1:15 p.m.|M157

Jennifer Arnold is the founder and executive director of Canine Assistants, a service-dog school based in Milton, Georgia. She lives with her husband, veterinarian Kent Bruner, son Chase, three dogs, Bob the cat, eight horses and a number of other animals.

Through a Dog's Eyes is a stirring, inspiring book with the power to change the way we understand and communicate with our dogs. Arnold's firsthand experience-from what moved her to start her exemplary non-profit and how she developed her methodology-guides this book and gives it a powerful emotional heft. Stories drawn from Arnold's life and the lives of the dogs who were her greatest teachers are convincing, unforgettable, and compelling testimony. This book is a heart-warming, captivating read that will forever change the way you see your dog by showing you the way your dog sees the world.

General Activities on Book Fair Day

A silent auction will be held throughout the day in the college's Great Hall. Discounted books will also be sold throughout the day. While supplies last, free books will be given to children, and a reading resource area will highlight books and materials that encourage reading among young children. Children's activities will entertain our youngest of readers. The Carroll County Public Library will host "Children's Story Time." Professor Wizard's Wonders of Science will once again captivate audiences of all ages.

A kick-off to the Annual Random House Book Fair will be held on Friday, March 4

Senior Adult Book Sale
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Book Talk with Leo Bretholz
2 p.m.

Two movie showings of the Disney movie "Tangled"
4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. |Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 28

Coffeehouse Readings with Author Kendra Kopelke
7 p.m.

Annual Random House Book Fair Schedule for Saturday, March 5

Random House Book Fair

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Concessions
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.|back of Great Hall

Silent Auction
9 a.m. (bidding begins)-3 p.m. (bids close)|Great Hall

Discounted Book Sales
All day|Great Hall

Free Books Given to Children
While supplies last|L297

Reading Resource Area
All day|Lobby area outside of L297

Children's Activities
All day|Student Center and the Gymnasium P527

Professor Wizard's Wonders of Science
9 a.m.|K100 Conference Center

Book Talk with Random House author Sandra Neil Wallace
10:15 a.m.|L287

Children's Story Time hosted by the Carroll County Public Library
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.|L284

Book Talk with Random House author Susan Fraser King
10:45 a.m.|M157

Book Talk with Random House author Rich Wallace
11:15 a.m.|L287

Book Talk with Random House author Jennifer Arnold
1:15 p.m.|M157

Student Writing Contest Winners Read
2:30 p.m.|K100 Conference Center

Silent Auction Bids Close
3 p.m.|Great Hall

Silent Auction Winners Announced
3:30 p.m.|Great Hall

Annual Random House Book Fair ends
4 p.m.

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