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Date: March 5, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

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Authors to Give Readings at Montgomery College’s ‘Books and Ideas’ Series
Poet Patricia Gray and Biographer Alison Leslie Gold to Visit MC This Spring

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The Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College invites the public to learn about writing and to speak with authors at its spring “Books and Ideas” reading series. The series celebrates the work and creativity of talented writers—novelists, biographers, poets, and historians. All talks by authors are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 7 p.m., poet Patricia Gray will read from her recent book of poems, “Rupture,” and other works at the Germantown Campus, High Technology and Science Center, Room 216, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md.

On Monday, April 14 at 11 a.m., author Alison Leslie Gold will read from selected works at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center, Room 101 (lecture hall), 930 King Street, Silver Spring, Md.

Patricia Gray received the 2006 Artist’s Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and the Humanities and honorable mention in the 2006 Ann Stanford National Poetry Competition and in the Millennium Poetry Competition. Since 1993, Gray has directed the popular “Poetry at Noon” reading series at the Library of Congress, where she heads the Poetry and Literature Center. Her recent book, “Rupture,” was chosen by The Montserrat Review as one of the best books of poetry for 2005.

Author Alison Leslie Gold wrote the international bestsellers “Anne Frank Remembered,” with and about Miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank, and “Memories of Anne Frank,” written about Hannah “Lies” Goslar, Anne Frank’s best friend. Translated into 19 languages and adapted to theatre and film, both books chronicle the Holocaust with remarkable sensitivity and bravery. Her work also includes “Fiet’s Vase and Other Stories of Survival, Europe 1939-1945” and “A Special Fate,” about Chiune Sugihara, the little-known Japanese diplomat who saved 6,000 Jews during the war.

For more information about the "Books and Ideas" series, contact the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute at 240-567-7417 or visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/humanties. To request accommodations for a disability, call 240-567-7417 at least two weeks before the event.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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