Strive Publishing will host its second annual Literary Dinner on Aug. 16 to celebrate local African American authors and showcase their recently published works to the Twin Cities’ literary community.

The evening will include a keynote presentation by Carolyn Holbrook, adjunct professor of creative writing at Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts Creative Writing Program, founder of More Than a Single Story, and co-author of Dr. Josie Johnson’s new memoir, “Hope in in the Struggle.”

Guests attending the event will dine, meet local authors and learn about each author’s published works. They also will receive a free copy of Strive Publishing’s curated catalog of local African-American children’s books, authors and collaborators.

Strive Publishing, LLC. was founded in 2016 by Mary Taris to fill the void she recognized during her 15 years as a teacher – the lack of works published by African-American authors and the persistent need for more diverse books that provide children with real-life perspectives of African-American culture.

“I believe every child should have the experience of seeing their lives validated in the books they read,” said Taris.

Since its inception, Strive Publishing has published a number of children’s picture books, including “Under the Cloven Sky,” by Ricardo G. Peters, “Isaiah’s Sunglasses,” written by Linda S. Miller and “Red’s Adventures: The Egg Pie,” written by Donna Gingery. Later in 2019, Strive Publishing will introduce its next publication, “A Wild Nature Embraced,” the second in the series written by Peters.

The dinner will be held at Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr. in Brooklyn Center. Tickets for the event are $50 to $60, and can be purchased in advance on Strive Publishing’s Eventbrite page.

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