Hundreds attend event at new Midtown center
More than 250 people participated in the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center during the two days of the event on Jan. 4 and 5.
“The festival was awesome. The collaboration and renewal of friendships was incredible and he Leisure Services Staff of Daytona Beach were efficient and professional,” said Donna M. Gray-Banks, organizer of the festival. Banks said she hopes next year to expand the festival to three days.
Poet and playwright Milton McCulloch kicked off the second annual F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival at the center on Jan. 4. F.R.E.S.H. stands for Fiction, Romance, Erotica, Spiritual and Health.
The actual book festival took place Saturday with presentations from Janis Kearney (“Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton from Hope to Harlem’’), Judge Hubert Grimes (“How to Keep Your Child From Going to Jail’’), Pastor Riva Tims (“When It All Falls Apart’’), Dr. Irvin Winsboro (“Old South, New South or Down South: Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement’’), Dr. Willie Kimmons (“Parenting Guide’’), and Rahiem “The-Authortainer’’ Brooks (“Laugh Now’’).
Other authors included Vernelle Nelson, Erma C. Merritt, Michael Beckford, Cynthia Hughes, Andrea Hogan, Johnnie Mae Chavis, Michelle Donice, and Tremayne Moore.