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MJM author and Messiah College alum Andy Liples has been invited to participate in Messiah College’s Homecoming where he will read his children’s book Your Big Story for other alumni and their children. Homecoming will be held on October 18 and 19; details about the event can be found on the college’s website.

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Join us this Saturday, May 4, in celebrating readers, authors, small indie publishers, literary journals, and the community of book buyers. Rosemont College is hosting a book festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their main campus (1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont, PA), and Morning Joy Media will be there. MJM author Marianne Modica, author of The R Word, will be reading from her book at 10:15 with a short discussion following. In addition to the many wonderful books, there will be panel discussions, small workshops, and readings throughout the day. We’d love to see you; be sure to stop by our booth and say hello!

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The rain held off on Saturday allowing Collingswood Book Festival attendees to enjoy meeting hundreds of authors and booksellers lining Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, New Jersey. Marianne Modica (pictured), author of The R Word, engaged visitors in dialogue about contemporary racism. She shared information about the young adult novel she crafted, which in addition to being a captivating story, can be a tool for educators to stimulate classroom discussion. Librarians and teachers alike expressed the need for such a resource.

Sharing the booth with Modica was Martin Woodside of Calypso Editions. Woodside and Modica are currently doctoral students at Rutgers University.

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Marianne Modica, author of The R Word, will be chairing a session entitled, “Shifting Constructions of Race Among Children in Learning Spaces” in November during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal. The session is sponsored by the Council on Anthropology & Education. She and her team from Rutgers University will present and lead discussion on such subtopics as “Reading Race: Analysis of Preschool-Age Children Interpretations of Racialized Picturebooks,” “Fifth Grade Students Interrogate ‘Sameness’ Through the Lens of The Giver,” and “Multiculturalism’s Unruly Subjects: Undermining and Reimagining Racialized Grammar In School.”

The CAE seeks to “advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings.”

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Youth leaders interested in attending the Spiritual Coaching Seminar with Daniel McNaughton in Buffalo will now have the option to participate in a Youth Leader track. Claude Valdes, Jr., Executive Pastor at Word of Life Assembly of God in Baldwinsville, New York, will be conducting the training for youth leaders. Claude is collaborating with Daniel on the forthcoming booklet, First Steps: Youth Edition, which is expected to be available by mid-October. McNaughton and Valdes are also working on a Learning to Follow Jesus: Youth Edition.

Those interested in attending the Spiritual Coaching Seminar can find more information on the event page, here.

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The students, faculty, and staff of Valley Forge Christian College will host Marianne Modica as she reads excerpts of her young-adult novel, The R Word, during the chapel service on Monday, September 19. Modica, an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at VFCC and a PhD student in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, will discuss the subtle ways racism exists in today’s society, and will reflect on what the teachings of Jesus say to us about present day race relations.

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Christine Kreisher’s new curriculum, Follow 4:Kidz, is in production and is available for pre-order. Watch her intoductory video which explains the curriculum’s contents:

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Pastor and author Daniel McNaughton will be visiting New Covenant in Tonawanda, New York (just outside of Buffalo) and will present a one-day seminar on Spiritual Coaching. The registration fee is $20, and will include lunch and a copy of the Spiritual Coaching Training Guide, written by Daniel McNaughton and Bryan Koch. For details and to register for the event, click here.

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Patricia Beretta, author of Michael Angelo, visited Spring Garden Academy recently. Beretta gave presentations to two groups of children, who engaged the author in a lively discussion of her book and how it came into existence. “Seeing their smiles and getting to respond to their questions makes it all worth while,” Beretta remarked at the conclusion of the visit.