Steven Carter Joe Young, Jr. Omali Yeshitela From Ashes to Angel's Dust
Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Transforms Newark’s
Military Park; Selects QBR The Black Book Review &
Harlem Book Fair as Literary Event Partner
New York, NY. Once taken as a symbol of urban decay, Military Park has recently re-opened after a year of work that has transformed the park from a seldom used, underwhelming public place into a revitalized, energized space that includes newly planted flowers and shrubs, restrooms, and a new restaurant scheduled to open later in the summer.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Military Park (www.militarypark.com) will be daily free programming from yoga to outdoor concerts and live author readings. “This could be the
Bryant Park of Newark,” said Daniel Biederman, president of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures and an urban parks expert who two decades ago worked to transform that park in Midtown Manhattan from a forbidding drug haven to an urban oasis.
Literary programming is another key element of Bryant Park’s success, and Military Park will also have a series of talks by authors, created by the organization behind the Harlem Book Fair. “We are pleased to be acknowledged for our commitment to developing and serving audiences through books”, said Max Rodriguez, founder of the Harlem Book Fair and publisher of QBR The Black Book Review. “Our weekly Author Talks will feature selected, well-known, and newly-published authors from all genres. We anticipate large crowds, hungry for lunch time entertainment”. The 14-week-long series begins on Wednesday, June 25, from 12:00p.m. to 1:30p.m., and concludes on Wednesday, September 24.
“We are excited to bring the Harlem Book Fair back to Newark,” said Dan Biederman. “We’re proud to introduce more literary events to the city.”
Please contact QBR (914.231.6778) or series host, Sheila Montague (973.592.6306), to schedule authors. All events are free and open to the public.
September 2014 Author Talk & Reading Schedule
Wednesday, September 10
12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Resurrection from Rejection: Healing from 7 Areas of Rejection in Your Life
America's Music: Jazz in Newark
Wednesday, September 17
12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Joe Young, Jr.
Zoe Flowers, Sherri Pullum & Camila Camilo
From Ashes to Angel's Dust
Wednesday, September 24
12:00pm – 1:30pm
An Uneasy Equilibrium