if you live in SEATTLE, come see me this weekend!!!

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i leave tomorrow for seattle as i will be one of the readers at a very exciting bookfest! info below. website here. come see me if you are in town!

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Seattle Rainbow Bookfest 2009, a celebration of writers of color

Seattle, WA – The seventh annual Seattle Rainbow Bookfest will be held at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 28, 2009. It is the first organized effort in the United States that celebrates the important role writers of color play in cross-cultural communications.

The day starts with a writer’s breakfast workshop, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., focused on self-publishing and marketing strategies. The public event is from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., doors open to the public at 10:45 a.m. Offered are workshops, panels, readings, and writers’ tables designed to provide a forum and resources to hundreds of writers, readers, allies, book sellers, publishers and not-yet published authors to showcase their work and network for success.

Featured is Indu Sundaresan, a Washington State Book Award recipient, reading from her newly released book, In the Convent of Little Flowers. The writer’s workshop highlights expert panelists Tracy Corley, J. Glenn Evans, David Horowitz, and Ron Harris-White offering important tips, choices and “how-to’s” of self-publishing and marketing that all writers should know.

“This premier book event has grown over the past six years to serve an increasingly broad audience in the Puget Sound area,” says Belinda Chin, Rainbow Bookfest Coordinator. “It provides a safe harbor for authors of color to come together as they share their passions, dreams and concerns.”

The program schedule covers topics including nature writing, the impacts of diversity and culture on online writing, economics and social change, self-esteem through writing, creating your own e-zine, war’s impact on writing, literary translation, rants and raves of the publishing world, and memoir writing.

This all volunteer run event is grateful to its sponsors: Casa de Escritores, Centro Cultural Hispano Americano, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation – Langston Hughes PAC, City of Seattle Public Utilities, Ethnic Heritage Council, Five Sisters Catering, NW Asian Weekly Foundation, NW Wilderness Project, Pacific NW Writers Association, Passages NW, Pereda Yano Publishing, PoetsWest, Rose Alley Press, TsuluWerks Inc, Urban Wilderness Project, YMCA BOLD.

Suggested donations of $5 will go toward future events.

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center is located at 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle, Washington, 98144.

The Seattle Rainbow Bookfest site is http://www.rainbowbookfest.org/.

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