F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival returns this month

The seventh annual F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival returns on Jan. 18 with days of events.

The free opening event is a community film festival starting at 6:30 p.m. The film festival will feature a short film by Travis Hunter titled “Dark Child” at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center & Visual Arts Gallery, 698 International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.

A Book Festival Meet-N-Greet starts at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19 with special guest JoJo O’Neal radio personality from Star 94.5. Entertainment will include Amy Alysia and the Soul Generation and Master Poet Devery Broox, II.

The Magnificent Seven authors are Brian Smith, Kentrell Martin, James Bennett, Keith Kareem Williams, Ann Marie Sorrell, Victoria Christopher Murray and Travis Hunter.

Twenty-five other authors from Georgia, Florida, New York, Houston, South Carolina will participate. Admission is $25 (which includes dinner) and tickets can be obtained through PayPal at FreshBookFestivals@gmail.com or by emailing FreshbookFestivals@gmail.com.

The event will be held at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.

‘Literacy is Legacy’
The festival is 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 featuring all of the authors. The entrance fee is $3; it’s free to students, teachers with ID as well as seniors 55 and up.

Vitas, a major sponsor for this event, will be reviewing medication for seniors with questions from 10 a.m. to noon on this day.

“This festival would not be possible without the City of Daytona Beach, its residents, and its community partners,” said Donna M. Gray-Banks, founder and director of the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival.

“We have the privilege to have a community behind us that understands that ‘Literacy is a Legacy.’ We are looking forward to bringing to the City fresh, young, seasoned and multiple genre authors to increase the awareness of Literacy.”

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