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March 10, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MA: Organizers of Springfield’s first Book Crafters Fair announced today that local author Crystal Senter-Brown and cartoonist Kane Lynch will present workshops at Make-It Springfield, 168 Worthington St., Springfield, MA, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon on Sunday May 21, 2017. These free presentations will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about self-publishing, screenwriting, cartooning, and graphic novels.

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Crystal Senter-Brown and her work have been featured in Redbook Magazine, Vibe Magazine and Essence Magazine. Born in Morristown, TN to a bass-playing Baptist preacher father and a visual artist mother, she says, “I’ve been a performance poet and writer for most of my life. I performed the poem The Negro Mother by Langston Hughes onstage at the age of six!”

The author of six books, Senter-Brown recently shifted to screenwriter, and her book The Rhythm in Blue will be released as a full-length movie this month.

Lynch is a cartoonist from California, and a graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT. Lynch’s comics and illustrations have appeared in publications including Slate, Cracked, and Psychology Today.

Lynch is best known for his comics. “Delicate Lies is a memoir about family secrets,” he says, and Aerial Structures is a San Francisco Bay Area conspiracy thriller.” When he’s not drawing up a storm, Kane Lynch presents comics workshops and enjoys one-on-one tutoring with students of all ages.KaneLynch

Because these two workshop will have limited seating, anyone wishing to attend should register in advance at http://SpringfieldBookFair.com.

After a mid-day break, the Fair’s doors will open to the public from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. “We expect as many as 30 different exhibitors,” says organizer Barbara Jean Walsh. “As a group, they provide quite a variety of materials from handmade blank journals to poetry and short stories to issue-themed zines. And, of course, both Kane Lynch and Crystal Senter-Brown will be onsite during the afternoon session to sell their books and answer questions. “We also plan to have light refreshments on hand,” says Walsh. “We want attendees to stay as long as they would like over the course of the afternoon.”

The Book Crafters Fair is an offshoot of workshops that Walsh has presented at Make-It Springfield, as well as readings that she has given as part of the Springfield City Library’s Literary Spotlight series. “I’ve had a wonderful time showing people my own work at Make-It, and meeting other poets through the library,” says Walsh. “My hope is that the Fair will encourage more writers and crafters here to meet each other and share their ideas. It could be the beginning of a thriving book arts community.”

To ensure the Fair’s success, Walsh says volunteers are essential. “Anyone who would like to help with planning, promotions, set up, or working with the exhibitors should get in touch with me through our website at http://SpringfieldBookFair.com. That’s also where exhibitors can register and attendees can find free tickets.”

Exhibitor registration will be open until April 15, “or until table space is full,” says Walsh. “And for people who would like to learn more about hand-crafting books, making zines, or self-publishing, I’ll be offering workshops at Make-It Springfield on March 19 and April 21. Participants can register through http://www.MakeItSpringfield.com.”

Springfield’s Local Cultural Council has provided Walsh with seed money for the Fair. “This year, we are definitely working on a shoestring budget,” she says, “but I have every reason to expect that it will grow. I look forward to saying ‘Remember when’ about this event.”

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