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Trenton Literature Year in Review: 2013

Pulitzer Prize winning Trentonian Poet Yusef Komunyakaa published Testimony, a collection poetry inspired by Charlie Parker

Trenton Poet Laureate Doc Long had reminiscences published in Volunteers in the African Bush, a collection of essays about the early years of the Peace Corp in Africa

Capital City Open Mic celebrated its one year anniversary in April

The New Jim Crow Committee of Trenton met and discussed Michelle Alexander’s book and mapped out ways to put responses to the book in action.

The Trenton Books at Home Program handed out thousands of books for Trenton kids.

Trenton author and radio host Yolanda Landy Robinson published Don’t Be Bitter Be Better, a book of inspirations.

Trenton author Natasha Buckalious Parker published her poetella, Ah Hood Romance

Trenton author Will Foskey published Poeticine

In November, Trenton author Marie Murf Antionette, author of The Struggle and A Girl Named Job, was bookseller for a day at Classics.

In February, Barbara Keogh became the reigning Classics Scrabble champion.

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Bookstore People: Poets and Congressmen

Doc Long

Doughtry (Doc) Long is a fantastic poet who exudes integrity and charm.  Trentonians know him best as the long-running teacher of literature and creative writing at Trenton Central.  The world knows him as the Geraldine R Dodge grant winning poet and author of Timbuktu Blues and Rules for Cool.   Classics customers know him from poetry readings at the store when he brought along his own jazz band as back up or his discussions of being in the early Peace Corp.  The universe knows him best as a man who can shape the world around him with his words and lifts up the students who were lucky enough to have him as a teacher.

Favorite Doc Long quotes (also can be found in Rules for Cool).  “Be into deep heavy stuff and carry large intelligent words around in the same pocket with your money” and “know that blasé blasé woof, woof, woof at the right time and place is sacred.”

Timbuktu Blues and Rules for Cool are available at Classics.

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Rush Holt

“My Congressman is a Rocket Scientist” is the bumper sticker.  And it is true.  Rush is a rocket scientists who was a five time Jeopardy champion (back when five was the limit) and beat the computer designed to be a trivia champion.  His constituents have no fear that they are sending a man to congress who is intelligent and has a memory for important detail.  On top of that, Rush is a genuinely good guy who remembers birthdays and gets his hair cut on Warren Street by Joey Festa.   When he is at Classics, you can find him talking with folks in the stacks or piling up on his reading.

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June 8th: Trenton Books at Home Fundraiser

with Narubi Seelah, Wenonah Brooks, Esther DeCew, Daniel Robinson, Annabelle Quezada, La Shea Delaney

Hosted by Darren Freedom Green.

Saturday, June 8. 12 to 6 pm.

Support the Trenton Books at Home Program, which provides FREE books for Trenton kids.

Performing will be

  • 12 noon: jazz diva Wenonah Brooks
  • 2 pm: HBO Def Poet Narubi Seelah
  • 3 pm: world-class origami whiz Daniel Robinson
  • 5 pm: performers Annabelle Quezada and La Shea Delaney
  • 6 pm: belly dancer Esther DeCew

Donations to the Books at Home program are encouraged.

Learn about the Books at Home Program here: http://www.classicsusedbooks.com/?page_id=13

 


Art, Authors and Belly Dancing: A Trenton Books at Home Fundraiser

Saturday, June 2, 2012.4:00pm until 8:00pm.

Tamara Ramos’ Gallery on the Go, in coordination with Classics Used and Rare Books, is having a fund raiser for the Trenton Books at Home Program on Saturday June 2nd from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The program will include art installations centered around great works of literature,… including the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss and the 1001 Arabian Nights. Artists include Will Kasso, Leon Rainbow, Craig Shofeld, Andrew Wilkenson and others.

Langston Hughes poetry to be read by Trenton’s own Geraldine R. Dodge poet, Doc Long at 5 pm.

Belly dancing performance, for the 1001 Arabian Nights, by Esther DeCew at 6 pm.

In addition, we will line the streets with local authors, each of whom will be selling and reading from their books. Authors include Louise Barton, Tika Bernadette, Karen Boyce, Todd CC Evans, Thierry Lundy, Jon Naar and Tracey Syphax.

The Books at Home Program provides FREE books for Trenton kids. Last year, with your help, we distributed almost $10,000 worth of books to kids in Trenton’s struggling school district. We hope to double that again this year. For more information about the program, visit http://www.classicsusedbooks.com/?page_id=13.

There is no suggested dollar amount for the fundraiser. If you can give, give what you feel comfortable giving. If you can’t, please still come and have a good time!

If you are able to give, checks should be made out to “Children’s Future” and have “Trenton Books at Home” in the memo line. Children’s Future is a 501c3 non-profit and these cash donations are tax deductable.

Sponsors for this event include former Mayor Douglas Palmer, Councilwoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Councilwoman Marge Caldwell Wilson and Children’s Futures.

For more information, contact Eric Maywar at book_cellar@mindspring.com.