There are those who believe that we are in the midst of a literary decline; that, even as we seem to be drowning in books, no one is reading. In communities of color, this belief seems to be even more widespread. However, the reality is something different.

Between electronic books and the explosive growth of street lit, more and more people are finding their good times not in the comforting glow of a television screen but in the warm embrace of a good book’s ideas. On Nov. 18, Hue-Man Bookstore will bring some of the Black community’s shining stars to the stage of Symphony Space for “Page to the Stage,” a multimedia evening that will feature dance, performances, readings and video.

NY1 anchor Cheryl Wills will be on hand, along with comedy star Paul Mooney and Hollywood icon and raconteur Melvin Van Peebles, as well as several authors. After the show there will be a round table that will encourage audience participation. Ticket sales ($50 general admission; $40 for seniors; $35 for students and groups) will benefit the Melvin Van Peebles Foundation’s efforts to promote literacy.

“Page to the Stage” is a way for those who support the world of books and ideas to come together not just for charity but to expand their own minds. There is a great deal of talk about the need to not simply have ideals but to exercise them, and for one night, the avid readers among us can do just that.

“Page to the Stage” will take place on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan. For more information and tickets, visit or call (212) 864-5400.