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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Meet dozens of local authors and artists at the Art & Book Fair this Saturday in Hockessin

Hockessin, DE – On Saturday, November 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the annual Art & Book Fair returns to the Hockessin Community Recreation Center, located in the Hockessin PAL at 7259 Lancaster Pike. This free event showcases more than 60 local independent and self-published authors, displays by local artists and publishers, and features live performances, author readings, cos-play opportunities and much more.


“The Art & Book Fair is the place to be this Saturday for readers, writers and anyone who loves books and handcrafted works of art,” County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Come meet local authors and artists and be inspired by their creations. Aspiring authors can meet on-site with local publishers right on the spot. Don’t miss it!”

The Art & Book Fair is a great way to start your holiday shopping, or find something new to read! Families won’t want to miss children’s book presentations starting at 11:30 a.m., and the featured adult presentations beginning at 12 noon.


The Art & Book Fair features honorary chair Timothy Young, author/illustrator of 12 books, a recent winner of the Family Choice Award whose newest books are More Creatures and Characters: Drawing Awesomely Wild, Wacky, and Funny Animals and If You Give the Puffin a Muffin. Young has had a long career doing all kinds of interesting and fun stuff. He’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer. His career highlights include being the Head Model-Maker for the Penny cartoons on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, designing and building Muppets for Jim Henson Productions and sculpting the very first Simpsons character toys.

Attendees get a free Hockessin Art & Book Fair bag (first-come, first served while supplies last) and enter for your chance to win books and more throughout the day!


The Hockessin Art & Book Fair is a collaboration between the Hockessin Library and Art Studio, and Hockessin Recreation Center, along with the Hockessin Bookshelf, The Written Remains Writers Guild, Radioactive Mango Recordings and Delaware Fun-A-Day.


Attendees are asked to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-book-fair-2018-tickets-50335798729. Get full details at https://www.nccde.org/1256/Art-Book-Fair.


Featured Performers:

The Twin Poets: 12:00 noon


Tutors, mentors, big brothers, community activists, leaders, scholars, summa cum laude grads, allies, soldiers, father-figures, artists, camp directors, coaches, veterans, counselors, historians, master social workers, non- profit administrators, brothers, friends, fathers, sons, - all of these titles can be summed to one: Delaware’s own THE TWIN POETS. The compassion and commitment Al & Nnamdi exhibit through their words is only outdone by their work in the community. For well over 20 years these two wordsmiths – appointed as Delaware’s Poets Laureate in December, 2015 – have been warriors on the front line for our community, placing the needs of the community before their own.


2 Nice: 1:00 p.m.


2 Nice is the musical comedy duo of Robin and Kenny Glanden performs original spoken word and silly songs with music and percussion enhancement. Robin and Kenny are wonderful, funny and profound performance artists. Their combination of music and spoken words are always a hit with the audience. Robin and Kenny are a fixture at open mic nights and cabarets entertaining audiences at spoken word and charity events all around the Delaware region.


Featured Reader: Ramona DeFelice Long


Ramona has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Pennsylvania State Arts Council, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, plus local awards from Philadelphia Stories, the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild, and the Delaware Literary Connection. In 2014, she was selected as the first Fellow for the Cape Henlopen Poetry and Prose Writers Retreat. In 2016, she was awarded a Masters Fellowship in Fiction from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Her story as an author was posted on the National Endowment for the Arts’ United States of Arts map to represent the state of Delaware.


Ramona DeFelice Long will be reading from 'Into the Woods' which is the title and theme for an assortment of short stories, poems, essays, music, and one walking meditation. Each piece is unique in tone and genre and the result is that the collection captures the fascinating, frightening, fun, healing, and fantastical wonder of time spent in the woods. The twenty-six contributors who attend Mindful Writers Retreats in the mountains of Ligonier, Pennsylvania, are donating one hundred percent of the proceeds to support the research and work of The Children’s Heart Foundation.


Featured Reader: Shannon Connor Winward


Shannon Connor Winward is the author of the Elgin-Award winning chapbook UNDOING WINTER and THE YEAR OF THE WITCH, a full-length collection of poetry from Sycorax Press. Her fiction has earned recognition in the Writers of the Future Contest, the Odyssey Con Odd Contest, Postcard Poems & Prose Flash Fiction Contest, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, for which she was awarded an emerging artist fellowship in fiction in 2018. Her stories and prose have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She has published over 100 poems in a variety of journals. She is a poetry editor for Devilfish Review, and founding editor of Riddled with Arrows, an online literary journal dedicated to meta-fiction, meta-poetry, and writing that celebrates the process and product of writing as art.


Shannon will be reading from her story "To Heart's Content." She recently wrote a blog post about the inspiration for her story.


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Contact: Jason Miller, Director of Communications, 302-545-1462



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