In celebration of Get Pop-Cultured: Outlander Day, the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Forest Hills will host a book fair featuring Glendale author and founder of the Excalibur Reading Program, Angelica Harris.
The book fair will run from open to close (9 a.m. to 10 p.m.) on Sunday and proceeds will help benefit the Excalibur Reading Program, located at 80-17 78th Ave. in Glendale. Harris will be available to sign her latest book in the Excalibur series from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
“It is a fundraiser for the kids and the families that we service,” Harris said. “I’ll be signing my book, I’ll be talking about my reading program and the impact the program has made on my life and why I opened the Excalibur Reading Program.”
Harris is a successful author, poet laureate, entrepreneur, advocate and speaker. She will also be moderating the poetry and art contest to be held during the Fresh Pond Road street festival this September.
Since 2005, the Excalibur Reading Program has been conducting educational workshops and tutoring students in reading, writing and math. The program is geared to help all children, especially those of impoverished means or those who have special needs, to reach their academic and personal goals.
The Excalibur Reading Program partners with community organizations to mentor children who have been through domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as those who have been incarcerated. They also provide private tutoring lessons for students in kindergarten through college, creative writing workshops and blog and essay workshops, among other programs.
“I want to leave a legacy behind of good children that become good adults. This is the legacy I want to leave behind here,” Harris said of the Excalibur Reading Program. “This is what it’s all about: paying it forward.”
“The Barnes & Noble book fair, in conjunct with the Excalibur book series and reading program, invite children to come find their holy grail through fantasy and time travel and the journey of their legacy within,” Harris added.