Albion Big Read Author Talk and celebration of leaders

Author talk at the historic Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion

7 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The award winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will speak on the power of community, and how the history of the United States, the struggle, brutality, injustice, hope, progress, and triumph affect us all.  Ms. Williams-Garcia is from New York City and has a biography in Wikipedia that can be read by clicking here.  

If you are coming from out of town for this talk, get here early to get a seat.  Enjoy the beautiful Bohm Theatre at this free event.  Maybe have dinner in Albion before the event at Cascarelli’s, Charlies, Gina’s, or Lopez Taco House. Learn more about Albion Big Read by clicking here.

ALBION, MI – October 26, 2016 – Albion’s Big Read would like to invite you to celebrate our town, our young people, and the community-making power of reading. Please join us on November 1, 2016 at 7:00pm in the Bohm Theater (201 S. Superior Str.) as we recognize the 2016 BIG READ LEADERS and hear from Coretta Scott King Award-winning author RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA.

Albion’s Big Read Leaders certainly give us reason to celebrate. These local 8th-10th graders completed a summer-long program that prepared them to lead discussions about Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 as a part of this year’s Big Read. And that is what they’ve done. They have already led six wonderfully different and enriching discussions that were open to the public and will lead one more on Sunday, October 30. (For details, visit
This year’s Big Read Leaders are Carl Bates, Emmylou Roberts Christensen, Denisha Harris, Kei’Asianique Hill, Larenz Hill, Ian Lee, Cedriana March, Deonta March, Cassie Porter, Autumn Sisler, Sylvia Sisler, Fred Steward, Ta’Jyanna Steward, Terek Straham, A’Veion Washington, Danielle Washington, Jason Whetstone, and Da’Sani White.
There to help us honor these amazing young people will be RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA, a middle-grade and young-adult author who knows the power of community and the rich lives of young people. In novels like One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, and Gone Crazy in Alabama, Ms. Williams-Garcia looks with clear and unflinching eyes at the history of the United States. In them, her child characters both discover and reveal that the histories of black, white, and brown people in the United States “speak of and intersect through stories of struggle, brutality, injustice, hope, progress, and triumph.” Her books make clear that “very few of us on this soil can claim a separate and sole history. We are a joined people.”
Please come be a part of this joyful celebration at 7:00pm on November 1, 2016 at the Bohm Theater (201 S. Superior Str., Albion MI).
For questions, please contact Jess Roberts ( or Maddie Drury (
For more information about Albion’s Big Read, check us out at and
This event is made possible by generous funding from the Marshall Community Foundation, the Albion Community Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in Partnership with Arts Midwest.