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AARI Update: Read-In Activities Now Include CSPAN2 Book Van Visit, Channel 8 Emcee, Honorary Chairs


For immediate release - Jan. 27, 2007

(DALLAS) – The Dallas County Community College District’s eighth annual citywide African American Read-In will feature a new adventure when the event takes center stage at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, from 2 to 4 p.m. 

C-SPAN2’s Book TV Bus, a 45-foot-long mobile television production studio, will travel to Dallas for the DCCCD read-in as part of a nationwide tour promoting Book TV’s unique nonfiction book programming. The Book TV Bus currently is traveling the nation and stopping at local libraries, bookstores, book festivals and events like DCCCD’s read-in; Book TV’s noncommercial programming airs each weekend on C-SPAN2 on Time Warner Cable channel 28.

A visit inside the bus includes a tour of the state-of-the-art studio set, an interactive demonstration about Book TV programming and the opportunity to learn how a television show is produced. As the crew travels the country, they are compiling interviews with authors, readers and bookstore owners to enhance Book TV’s local coverage. The bus will be parked in front of the Majestic Theatre at 1925 Elm St., and small groups of read-in participants will be able to take the free tour.

In other DCCCD African American Read-In news:

  • Honorary read-in chairs — Local businesswomen Emma Rodgers and Ashira Toshiwe, founders and owners of Black Images Book Bazaar, have been named honorary chairs for the 2007 DCCCD African American Read-In. They are longtime sponsors for the event.

  • New emcee — Brenda Teele, co-host of “Good Morning Texas” on WFAA-TV (channel 8) since 1996, will serve as this year’s read-in emcee. After graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C., Teele worked as a writer and producer for six years in Baltimore, Washington and Los Angeles. She was a weather anchor in California and in Texas, host for “Positively Texas” and a news anchor in Fort Worth before joining WFAA-TV. Teele has received both an Emmy Award and a National Association of Black Journalists Award for her work.

Press contact: Ann Hatch, 214-860-2478