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Meet the Author: O. H. Bennett

South Bowie Branch
Thursday, November 6, 7 pm
Co-sponsor: MahoganyBooks

Recognition by O. H. Bennett Book CoverO. H. Bennett, authorO. H. Bennett is the author of the new novel, Recognition, “... a humane and intriguing story of personal redemption." —Publishers Weekly. Bennett’s heroine Dana is driving home on a rainy night and recognizes the features of her long-lost love, thought killed in an accident a decade before. This chance encounter leads to a dark chain of events that will keep the reader on edge to the last page. Join us to hear the author describe this new twist in his work. Bennett’s three previous novels are Creatures Here Below, The Colored Garden and The Lie; all speak to the deep relationships of African American families. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Community Forum

DVD cover Why We LaughSean Sarvis

Why We Laugh: African American Comedy
Oxon Hill Branch
Wednesday, November 5, 7 pm

Join a community forum about the role of humor in African American history. View historical commentary from comedic greats like Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dick Gregory and Steve Harvey in the CodeBlack Entertainment film, Why We Laugh. Be entertained by stand-up comedian and Temple Hills native, Sean Sarvis, who will provide a family friendly performance.

One Maryland One Book 2014 -- The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande author of The Distance Between UsThe Distance Between Us book cover
In its seventh year, One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state of Maryland through the shared experience of reading the same book. The 2014 theme is The American Dream. Heartbreaking and lyrical, this year’s One Maryland One Book selection, The Distance Between Us, is a poignant memoir of life before and after entering the U.S. from Mexico as an undocumented immigrant. Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this "compelling....unvarnished, resonant" story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries. Grande reminds us that the joys and sorrows we experienced in childhood are imprinted on the heart forever. They call out to us of those places we first called home. Reyna Grande is the recipient of a American Book Award, the EL Primeo Aztián Literary Award, the Latino Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. (Grande Photo: Imran Chaudhry) Source: Maryland Humanities Council 
Join us for this dynamic community read discussion at one of our following branches:La Distancia Entre Nosotros
Bowie Branch                               Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7:15 pm
Greenbelt Branch                         Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 pm
Hillcrest Heights Branch               Saturday, Oct. 18, 3 pm
Hyattsville Branch                        Saturday, Oct. 4, 3 pm
Largo-Kettering Branch               Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 am
Laurel Branch                               Tuesday, Oct. 28, 7:30 pm
Oxon Hill Branch                          Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2 pm
New Carrollton Branch                Saturday, Oct. 11, 3 pm (in Spanish / en Español)
Surratts-Clinton Branch              Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2:30 pm
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