Monthly Archives: February 2015

Author Sharon Dennis Wyeth, book maven Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, and C.J. Farley in the Philadelphia City Council chambers.

Cheesesteaks and the 23rd Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair

I’ve eaten two cheesesteaks since arriving in Philadelphia this week and I have no plans on stopping. In between sandwiches, my writing was honored yesterday by the Philadelphia City Council! A proclamation was read, and I delivered some brief remarks, while tactfully steering clear of mentioning the dismal records of the Knicks and 76ers. Instead I mostly talked about the fact that fewer than three percent of children’s books feature African American heroes  and that my fantasy book “Game World” is trying to help kids to dream in color.

I’m in Philadelphia because I’ll be reading from “Game World” at the 23rd Annual African-American Children’s Book Fair, on Saturday, Feb. 7, between 1pm-3pm at the Community College of Philadelphia (Gymnasium), 17th & Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia, PA. In you’re in the City of Brotherly Love, please stop by!  And if they really need the help, I’m available to suit up for the 76ers–though these days, it’s harder for me to dunk without a running start.