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Author Ellis Cose headlines teen talk on race relations at 2012 Harlem Book Fair

7/23/2012, 4:01 p.m.
Ellis Cose, the critically acclaimed author of "The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take...
Author Ellis Cose headlines teen talk on race relations at 2012 Harlem Book Fair

Ellis Cose, the critically acclaimed author of "The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage" (Ecco Books, 2011), will moderate an interactive Teen Book Talk with local New York City students on Saturday, July 21 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. This event, the second in the unique "End of Anger" Reading Series, aims to jumpstart a thought-provoking discussion involving current race relations and America's youth.

Registration is still open to New York City students for the "End of Anger" series, which was kicked off June 23 at the Schomburg Center, where Cose hosted a book signing and talk. At that initial session, Cose met and fielded questions from participating students, who received free copies of "The End of Anger," provided courtesy of the Fletcher Foundation.

On Saturday, July 21, the conversation continues as Cose moderates the Teen Book Talk, which will address the question, "Does Race Still Matter to Teenagers Today?" during the Harlem Book Fair. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at the Schomburg Center.

"When it comes to surviving in the modern world, reading is nea rly as important as breathing," said Cose. "I'm deeply honored that the Schomburg has selected my book, 'The End of Anger,' for its summer reading program, which provides a perfect

opportunity to engage young people in one of the most critical issues of the day.

"Our society's assumptions about race are being challenged as never before. It's clear from the great discussion we had last month that these young readers bring a lot of energy and ideas to that discussion," said Cose.

Later this summer, participants will be able to attend a series of writing clinics where they can receive help drafting and editing their own essay responses to the talks. The responses will be evaluated by guest judges Clem Richardson of the New York Daily News, Felicia Lee of the New York Times and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Winners of the essay contest, along with all series participants, will receive prizes at an awards ceremony in September.

Deirdre Hollman, director of education programs at the Schomburg Center, believes in the great need for the reading program. "A pillar of our education philosophy is to foster open dialogues between authors and young adults that promote critical thinking about history and contemporary issues," she remarked. "'The End of Anger' reading series will allow teen readers to understand race relations in the United States and advance their historical literacy."

The "End of Anger" Summer Reading Series schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 21, 3 p.m.: Teen Book Talk with teens and Ellis Cose

July-August (exact dates to be announced): Writing clinics

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 5 p.m.: Essay submission deadline

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m.: Awards ceremony and announcement of essay contest winners

All events to take place at the Schomburg Center, located at 515 Malcolm X Blvd. in Harlem.

For more information on the program, contact schomburged@nypl.org. For the full program guide for the 2012 Harlem Book Fair, visit www.qbr.com/Userfiles/Docs/HBF-2012-Program-Guide.pdf.