Family Event: Susanna Reich & Gary Golio - STAND UP AND SING! Hear the stories then singalong with Robert Burke Warren!
An Independent Bookstore Day Storytime and Book Signing Event
Teaching children the power of poetry, music, and artistic expression in difficult times.
For ages 6 and up.
Susanna Reich's Stand Up and Sing!: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice, was inspired by the rhythms of American folk music, and is a moving account of Pete Seeger's life that celebrates his legacy, and shows kids of every generation that no cause is too small and no obstacle too large if, together, you stand up and sing! Seeger was born with music in his bones. Coming of age during the Great Depression, Pete saw poverty and adversity that would forever shape his worldview, but it wasn't until he received his first banjo that he found his way to change the world. It was plucking banjo strings and singing folk songs that showed Pete how music had the incredible power to bring people together. Using this gift throughout his life, Pete encouraged others to rally behind causes that mattered--fighting for Civil Rights, ending the Vietnam War, or cleaning up the Hudson River. For Pete, no challenge was too great, and what started out as a love for music turned into a lifetime of activism and change. His greatest talent--and greatest passion--would become an unforgettable part of American history.
In Gary Golio's Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song kids will discover how two outsiders Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the Civil Rights movement. The audience was completely silent the first time Billie performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever.
As a complement to the stories, Robert Burke Warren will sing a selection of Pete Seeger's songs and others - singing along is actively encouraged!
Susanna Reich is the award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction books that have received many starred reviews and honors, such as Four Fab Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles and Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. She lives in Ossining, NY, with her husband, children’s book author, Gary Golio.
Gary Golio is the NY Times-bestselling author of JIMI: Sounds Like A Rainbow - A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix, When Bob Met Woody - The Story of the Young Bob Dylan, Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey and Bird & Diz.
Robert Burke Warren is a writer, performer, and musician. His work has appeared in Salon, The Weeklings, Akashic Books,Texas Music, Brooklyn Parent, Woodstock Times, longform, Vulture, Paste, The Rumpus, The Good Men Project, The Bitter Southerner, Chronogram, and the Da Capo anthology The Show I ‘ll Never Forget. He's ghost written for Gregg Allman and his liner notes appear on the award-winning CD Live at Caffe Lena. As a songwriter, he has released seven CDs. His work also appears on albums by Rosanne Cash and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. The Roots used his tune "The Elephant In the Room" as John McCain's entrance theme on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.