Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast kicking off National Poetry Month with the Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival and a culminating event for “Now Read This!”

NORTHEAST – Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast will celebrate the beginning of National Poetry Month by combining two events into one that will promote literacy within our community. The Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival and a culminating program for Now Read This! will take place on Thursday, March 31 at the Student Life Center on the North Campus (4900 St. Joe Road).

The Edible Book Festival is a celebration of the International Edible Book Festival, an annual event that unites book lovers, artists, and food enthusiasts. The Ivy Tech Library is organizing the event which features edible displays that pay homage to beloved literary classics and are created by local food/cake artists.

“We’ve hosted more than one hundred edible books over the last five years, and every year I’m astounded the creativity and talent submitted by our participants,” said Ivy Tech Librarian Jen Traore. “Edible book artists make something fun to look at, think on, and taste.

Visit http://wwwcc.ivytech.edu/library/northeast. For general information and photos of past events across the world, please see the official Edible Book Festival Web site at www.Books2Eat.com. For more information about Ivy Tech’s Edible Book Festival, contact Jen Traore at 260-480-4176 or jheiding@ivytech.edu

The college’s community reading initiative, Now Read This!, invites members from the community to participate in reading and actively participating in discussions about the book Keesha’s House by local author Helen Frost. In addition, scholarships up to $1,000 will be granted to Ivy Tech students who submit the best creative response to the book.

“I have read Keesha’s House several times, and I am always uplifted by the strength that the characters show in the face of adversity,” said Now Read This! organizer Troy Bigelow. “It was a Printz Honor Book and runner-up for the young adult book of the year in 2004, so we are privileged to have such an esteemed author visit our campus.”

Keesha’s House is available for purchase at The New Edition Bookstore on the lower level of Harshman Hall on Ivy Tech’s North Campus (4900 St. Joe Road). Also check the Ivy Tech Library, your local library, and area bookstores for Keesha’s House. Visit www.ivytech.edu/fortwayne/read. For more information about Now Read This!, contact Troy Bigelow at 260-481-2203 or tbigelow@ivytech.edu.

Scheduled Events for Thursday, March 31
Student Life Center, North Campus, 4900 St. Joe Road

Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival, Noon–2 p.m.

  • The public viewing will be from Noon to 1 p.m. After the guests have finished ‘book gazing’, they will begin the ‘book tasting’ at 1 p.m. All are invited to attend and enjoy the delicious treats. 

Now Read This! Arts Workshops, 2–4 p.m.

  • African Drumming, Ketu Oladuwa
  • Creative Movement, Lisa Tsetse
  • Poetry, Helen Frost

Blue Bamboo Café Open for Business, 4–6:30 p.m.

Now Read This! Meet the Author, Helen Frost, 6:30–7 p.m.

Now Read This! Author’s Reading and Book-signing, 7–9 p.m.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.  Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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