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Inaugural Fort Worth BookFest has something to offer the whole family

Posted Oct. 11, 2017

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Designed to raise awareness of power of literacy, the inaugural Fort Worth BookFest debuts this weekend with programs and activities for all ages, all interests and all cultures.

The event, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, features authors from across Texas and the country writing in all genres.

This free event will feature activities for the entire family, including author panels, workshops and special interactions for children and youth. Some of the topics on the agenda: “Beyond Cultural Clichés: Writing Responsibly About Diversity,” “Ready to Read: Early Childhood Literacy for Parents,” “Business of Writing” Workshop series: “Launching Your Product,” “Publishing Without Breaking the Bank,” “Hooking Your Reader in Chapter 1,” and “Writing for Genres,” “Ready to Read — Family Stories and Genealogy for Youth and their Parents.”

The BookFest kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a Parade of Characters and Books at 9:15 a.m. Come dressed as your favorite story character or superhero.

“All across our country, conversations are ongoing centering on our collective ‘human-being-ness,’” said Reba Henry, BookFest co-founder and director. “We are using this multi-genre literary presentation to ignite such a conversation here at home and across the Southwest. Fort Worth’s lists of author exhibitors crosses the cultures of this region. In addition, because of that culture mix we believe this is a perfect example of that ‘human-being-ness.’”

Henry said the “goal is to raise awareness of the transformative power of literacy by bringing together readers, writers and publishing professionals in a synergistic confluence to open the literary world to this region.”

There will be a discussion at 2 p.m. with author Darolyn Brock, whose new book, Beyond the Shield: Survival for Your Son, deals with police and community relations. She writes that the respect for police officers has disappeared over time, and that there is a sense of division between the police and the public.

In addition to partnerships with Tarrant County College, the City of Fort Worth, Texas Wesleyan University, TCU and Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth BookFest is sponsored by Linebarger Attorneys at Law and the North Texas Cluster of The Links Inc.

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