Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Seattle Rainbow Bookfest: New Voices New Stories

There is a wonderful group of volunteers based out of Seattle, Washington who are committed to showcasing the voice of their community through the program New Voices New Stories, which they describe as "a Monthly Program of Universal Stories from Our Diverse Communities".

NVNS was born from the group's mother program, Seattle Rainbow Bookfest.  SRB started as an annual festival in September, to showcase the diverse work and words of Seattle-based authors.

However, there was so much positive response to the festival, and so many requests for more opportunities, that the group decided to continue the festivities throughout the year, as New Voices, New Stories.

What's really special about NVNS is that it is, by it's very nature, a very inclusive project.  Through a partnership with the Ethnic Heritage Council and the Neighborhood House, NVNS invites the community to come together every second Saturday of the month for 30 minutes of open-mic for community story sharing, followed by an hour of storytelling by an invited speaker.  The setting is the Neighborhood House High Point Center, a new state-of-the-art, eco-building in the diverse neighborhood of High Point in West Seattle.

Past speakers this year have included:

Claudia Alexandra Paras
Nancy Calos-Nakano
Gene Tagaban
Ezra Teshome

New Voices, New Stories on July 10 will feature author Maria Victoria and artist-illustrator Blanca Santander (A Peanut in my Mommy's Belly/El Cacahuate en la Panza de Mamá) as they share the magic that takes place when author and illustrator come together to create a bilingual children's book.   There will also be music by Enrique Wetzel.

Audience participation will result in the first ever Seattle Rainbow Bookfest, New Voices New Stories Children's Book!  This is a family event you don't want to miss!

New Voices New Stories
Saturday July 10
10-11:30 am
Neighborhood House-High Point Center
6400 Sylvan Way SW
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 588-4900

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