YONKERS, NY — The joy of reading will be celebrated at the first free Books without Borders, to be presented from 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers.
The event is being sponsored by the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront Business Improvement District in collaboration with the Yonkers Public Library, The Westchester Guardian, its publisher, Sam Zherka, and Yonkers Tribune, its publisher, Hezi Aris, Westchester On the Level radio program, and author Dennis Sheehan.
The first of its kind to be held in the area, Books without Borders will put the spotlight on every aspect of the book publishing world and offer something for everyone. Parents will be able to find books for their children and the public will have a chance to meet some of their favorite authors and discover new ones as well.
In addition, aspiring and seasoned authors will have an opportunity to meet and greet. Authors and publishers will preset seminars, which will be open and free of charge to the public. Literary agents will be on hand to help guide new and unpublished authors through a series of workshops.
Publishers will have the opportunity to network with authors, agents and distributors and discuss strategies to allow all aspects of publishing to coexist and prosper-digital, traditional print and online book sales.
In the library’s atrium, booksellers will be available, allowing the public to become acquainted with the bookstores in the Westchester and New York area.
Books without Borders will also be a festive event, offering music, clowns and face painters and the opportunity to enjoy the venue’s beautiful Hudson River setting.
Steve Sansone, executive director of the Yonkers Downtown BID, said: “We are thrilled to co-sponsor this first-ever Books without Borders which will no doubt fire the imaginations of readers of all ages. This has all the earmarks of another event that will be of broad interest to both our community and the region.”
Susan Thaler, branch administrator of the Yonkers Riverfront Library, stated: “It is fitting that this branch, the most modern and spacious in the Yonkers Library system, will host the first Books without Borders. We look forward to welcoming readers of all ages and inspiring new ones during the all-day celebration of the written word.”
Hezi Aris, editor of The Westchester Guardian and publisher of the Yonkers Tribune, said: “The City of Yonkers can at long last begin to celebrate the value of its majestic vistas along the Hudson River waterfront with awe and purpose. The Books without Borders event is a celebration of the discipline of growth, not only in economic development venues but also in the world of writing, the appreciation of the written word for young and old, and the creativity and exploration it permits us to seek. These are the freedoms we explore through books. Words are our passport. Come to Yonkers to learn and explore.”
Speaking about the vision for Books without Borders in a column that he recently wrote for The Westchester Guardian, Mr. Sheehan noted: “Books bring us knowledge, as well as allow us to escape to anywhere our imaginations might take us. They allow us to discover, learn and enjoy. They offer a world of knowledge in a way more intimate and comfortable than any other medium.”
Those wishing to sell books must complete a registration packet which includes the City of Yonkers vendors permit application. The application requires a fee and must be completed and returned with a photo ID.
The packets are available upon request by emailing Dennis Sheehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 914-262-1730, or directing email to Jessica Ardrey at email@example.com or 914-969-6660. Booksellers are invited to bring their own tables. A table may be rented in advance through the Yonkers Downtown BID for a rental fee of $10. Those wishing to rent a table are advised to check the appropriate box in the registration packet and include the required fee. Registration deadline is May 11. Click onto the information hyperlink to learn more.