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For Immediate Release (00-20)
Date: May 17, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (pager: 301-930-2880)

Montgomery College Hosts Major Book Festival
Paul Peck Humanities Institute gears up for book fete in September 2000

Book lovers of all ages should mark September 24 on their calendar. That is the date set for Montgomery College’s “Books and Ideas 2000,” the second annual book festival hosted by the college’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute.

“The book fair celebrates literature and how books continue to enrich the lives of people of all ages,” says Dr. Myrna Goldenberg, director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute.

As it did last year, the festival will bring together book sellers with book lovers in a day that includes not only browsing but thinking as well.  In addition to stalls of books and related exhibits, there will be panel discussions, a forum on “Civil Society in the 21st Century,” an awards ceremony honoring a prominent supporter of humanities in Montgomery County, and of course, events for young adults and children.

The festival’s theme this year is “Every Reader Is A Writer.” On hand to explore this theme will be prominent authors, educators, as well as students.

As plans are getting underway, the Paul Peck Humanities Institute is calling for volunteers to work on the day of the festival. In addition, any book sellers or vendors of related material should make arrangements now to become a part of the book festival. Those interested in volunteering or being a vendor should contact the Institute at 240-567-7417.

The festival is free to the public and will take place on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College between noon and 6 p.m.

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