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Military Park Reading Series


NEWS RELEASE           
For Immediate Release       
June 2, 2014  

Contact: Max Rodriguez

Call to Publishers: 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 ( 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.

   August Author Talk
Reading Schedule

Wednesday, August 6
12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Caryl Lucas
Aunt Sarah’s Recipes
for a Spirit-filled Life

Wednesday, August 13
12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Kathy Carter
Summertime with Lizzie B. Hayes

Wednesday, August 20
 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Aliyah S. King

Diamond Life: A Novel

Wednesday, August 27
12:00pm – 1:30 pm
Missy B. Salick
Claiming Jeremiah

Wednesday, September 3
12:00pm – 1:30 pm

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