Press Releases

Book Fair Presents National Authors, Activities for Readers of All Ages

Release Date: 2/19/2014

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Penguin Random House Book Fair Presents National Authors, Activities for Readers of All Ages

Westminster, Md., —Carroll Community College (Carroll) presents the Penguin Random House Book Fair on Friday, March 7 and Saturday March 8 at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster. This is a free, public event which draws patrons from throughout the region.

Activities and events on March 7 feature a senior afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, discounted book sales, and health and wellness tips. That evening, there will be a family movie night showing of the movie “Frozen.” Showings will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7 pm in the theater in the Scott Center.  The cost of the movie is three dollars per person. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 3. Tickets can be reserved between March 3 and March 6 by calling 410-386-8152. Tickets may also be purchased on Friday, March 7, in the theater in the Scott Center starting at 4 pm.

On Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Book Fair will offer food, fun and entertainment for all ages. The day will feature:

  • New book sales with discounts of 20 percent
  • National Penguin Random House authors
  • Book talks and signings
  • Silent auction
  • Student writing contest winners announced
  • Professor Wizard
  • Free children's books (while supplies last)
  • Kid's activity area ($3 admission fee)


Book Fair Features National Authors

Michael Sokolove
Presentation and Book Signings: 1 p.m. | M157
Michael Sokolove is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, as well as the author of two previous books, The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw, and Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose. He has appeared on numerous national television and radio news shows, including ABC’s Good Morning America and Prime Time Thursday, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, and CNN’s Paula Zahn Now.

Chris Grabenstein
Presentation and Book Signings: 9:45 a.m. | M157
Chris Grabenstein writes fast-paced and fun page-turners for children and adults. He’s also a playwright and screenwriter, not to mention a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Grabenstein has written for Jim Henson’s Muppets and more recently co-authored with James Patterson the #1 New York Times bestseller, I Funny: A Middle School Story. Sometimes he sleeps.

Delia Ephron
Presentation and Book Signings: 11:15 a.m. | M157
Delia Ephron is a bestselling author, screenwriter and producer. Her movies include Hanging Up (based on her novel), Bewitched and Michael. She and her sister Nora Ephron co-wrote the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, as well as the off- Broadway hit Love, Loss and What I Wore.

This year, the Book Fair has been re-named The Penguin Random House Book Fair. The event has been re-named to reflect the recent merger between the two major publishers: Penguin and Random House. “The 2014 Penguin Random House Book Fair at Carroll will be even bigger and better because of the wider selection of books that will be available,” said Senior Vice-President of Fulfillment Annette Danek-Akey,

“I want to thank Penguin Random House for sponsoring the Book Fair,” said Carroll President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “Without Penguin Random House, there would be no Book Fair. We offer our deepest gratitude to them.”

The Book Fair is known for its large number of volunteers who help to make the event possible each year. Increasingly, students from the college have played a larger role by coordinating many of the children’s activities that make the Book Fair so popular. Student groups include the Student Government Organizations (SGO), the Early Childhood Education Club, the Hill Scholars, and the STEM Club.


Note to the Media: For best response to your inquiries, please call Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail

Press Release Home | Press Release Archive

Bookmark, Share, or Email this page Get Help