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Canterbury School to hold annual Spring Book Fair and Bistro Lunch

Event runs Tuesday, April 23 thru Thursday, April 25

By Eddie Torres

Fort Wayne Reader


At Canterbury School’s Spring Book Fair, visitors will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with award-winning authors as they talk about their books and the craft of writing in an informal setting.

Open to the public, the book fair runs Tuesday through Thursday, April 23-25. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily at Canterbury Lower School, 5601 Covington Road.

Canterbury’s Spring Book Fair is a marketplace of books, fine arts and cultures. It features thousands of hand-selected quality books for students and adults, original artwork from favorite local artists, and some of Indiana’s premier authors of young adult fiction and poetry. Gallery Guests, on hand daily, create a lively atmosphere. Some of this year’s guests are local authors Curtis Crisler, Laurie Gray, Claire Ewart, John Baumgartner, and Marcia Crawford. Other guests include local artist Penny French-Deal, Byron Lamm, Alice Eshelman, Steve Presser, Laura Semba, and Cynthia Presser - Brazil native, cookbook author, and contestant on ABCs new television show “The Taste.” Artwork by Vicki Junk-Wright, local artist and Canterbury High School art teacher, will be for sale.

More than 35 categories, including specialized books for each grade level from kindergarten through middle school, are selected by parent volunteers, school librarians and teachers.

“We have everything from cookbooks to classics,” says Shelby Lamm, parent and book fair steering committee member. “It’s a marketplace atmosphere, a fun place for all ages to browse for books.”

Volunteers also plan an informal Bistro Lunch during the book fair. “The lunch is a favorite among parents because it features a panel of experts discussing quality literature recommendations for specific grade levels,” says Helen Presser, Lower School librarian, author, and book fair coordinator.

The lunch is held in the Canterbury Lower School Commons on Wednesday, April 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost for the lunch is $10, and the deadline to register is April 22. All events are open to the public.

For more information about the book fair or to register for the Bistro Lunch, contact Helen Presser at hpresser@canterburyschool.org. See the complete schedule and a list of books available by featured local authors at www.canterburyschool.org

Proceeds from the Spring Book Fair benefit the library programs at Canterbury School for Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School and High School.

Canterbury Spring Book Fair Gallery Guests

Marcia Crawford — “The Care and Feeding of an Almost Adult”

Suzanne Rogers — “My Mother Can Do Anything”; “Being Bob”

John Baumgartner — “Like Losing Your Left Hand”; “Rori’s Ghost”

Claire Ewart (Illustrator) — “Time Train” (School Library Journal and Parent's Magazine Best Book, 1991)

Bonnie Manning — “The Dog Who Owned a Photographer”; “The Polka Dot Cat”

Penny French Deal (illustrator), Susan Jones (author) and Phyllis Downey (author) — “Eugenia’s Special Day”

Curtis Crisler — “Tough Boy Sonatas”; “Pulling Scabs” (nominated for a Pushcart Award); “Dreamist”

Barb Morrow “Nature’s Storyteller” (2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist)

Heather Lynn Miller — “Subway Ride” (Oppenheim Gold Seal Award) “This is Your Life Cycle” (2008 Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Naida Kirkpatrick — “Nighthawk”; “Tixe of Celedon”; “Visitors on Celedon”; “Return to Celedon”

Cheri Hallwood — “One Wish for Winifred Witch” (Mom’s Choice Award, 2010); “The Curious Polka Dot Present” (Mom’s Choice Award, 2008); “Winter’s First Snowflake” (Mom’s Choice Award, 2007)

Laurie Gray — “Summer Sanctuary” (2010 Moonbeam Gold Medal, 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist); “Maybe I Will”

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