Table Fables at KwanzaaFest – Jan. 1st, 2020 at Durham Armory

It’s the 35th celebration of KwanzaaFest!!! On January 1, 1985, the African American Dance Ensemble (AADE) held our first KwanzaaFest in the city of Durham. Kwanzaa is a celebration for all people, focusing on family, friends, and the fruits of the earth.
Celebrating the holiday season and Durham’s diversity, AADE’s annual Kwanzaa celebration is a time to enjoy family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa itself is a seven-day African holiday that celebrates a different principle each day. AADE’s Kwanzaa takes place on the seventh day, which is dedicated to Imani, or faith.
On January 1, 2020, at the Durham Armory (212 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701), we will celebrate with the community Kwanzaa Fest 2020. The doors will open to the public at 12 noon and the performances will begin at 2:00 pm. We offer a free venue of quality performances, collaborate with businesses and non-profits; and collect food for the homeless.
In honor of Baba Chuck Davis, collected canned foods will be donated to the Urban Ministry of Durham.
Come out and get your signed copy of Table Fables.

Table Fables at Triangle Grace Preschool Holiday Bazaar 2019 – Durham, Nov 2nd

Come see our Table Fables booth at the Triangle Grace Preschool 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft air, on November 2, 2019, from 10 – 2 pm. This event is FREE to the public.  Come visit our booth and speak with the author to learn more about the journey he took to produce this Amazon 5 star rated book. The majority of the Holiday Bazaar’s proceeds benefit our scholarship fund which currently supports children in our preschool program!  We appreciate your support! In addition to great products from vendors showcasing their crafts, In addition, Old Time Barbeque from Raleigh NC will be on site for lunch. 

Click here to visit the Table Fables Website.

Phoenix Fest – 2019 – Durham, NC – Oct 5th – 9 to 6 pm

Come see our Table Fables booth at the Durham’s Phoenix Fest 2019 Festival, on October 5, 2019, from 9 – 6pm. This event is FREE to the public. This year, in addition to celebrating Phoenix Fest’s 18th year on historic Fayetteville Street,  we’ll also celebrate the 150th anniversary of Durham’s founding. African Americans have played a significant role in Durham’s past and figure largely into Durham’s future.
Phoenix Fest has been selected as a celebration site for Durham 150. So get on board with the year-long festivities and let’s celebrate all that’s great and wonderful about Durham and its African American culture.  Phoenix Fest, sponsored by the Phoenix Shopping Centers, is an annual cultural celebration of the business and cultural legacy of Durham’s Hayti community, one of North Carolina’s oldest African American communities.

In celebrating Hayti’s legacy, Phoenix Fest will again live up to its reputation as Durham’s funkiest street music festival when Fayetteville Street is blocked off (between E. Piedmont Avenue and E. Lakewood Ave.) and transformed into a bustling bazaar with an early morning parade, all-day music, delicious food and dazzling vendor displays that will deliver a fun-filled day for thousands of festival-goers. 

From the time the first Africans arrived in North Carolina until the present day, music has been an ever-present and culturally-defining element. Music is the universal language and Phoenix Fest celebrates the diverse musical traditions present in Durham’s African American community from the high-stepping band tradition in the opening parade to the gospel, R&B, reggae, blues, hip hop, and jazz.
   All-day music starts on Center Stage immediately after the parade ends. We invite you to grab a seat under the big tent or bring your lawn chairs and sit awhile to savor our community’s rich talent, both known and unknown. Click here ( ) to see the performance schedule and other details.

Table Fables Booth at Duke Homestead’s “Harvest and Hornwood Festival” – Durham, NC August 24, 2019

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM RAIN OR SHINE

Autographed copies of Table Fables  will be available for purchase at the Duke Homestead’s “Harvest and Hornwood Festival.”  Come to celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead with our Harvest and Hornworm Festival. Don’t miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race! This event will feature live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands-on history, and the last tobacco auction in Durham! Duke Homestead is located at:
2828 Duke Homestead Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Table Fables featured at Duke Homestead, Durham, NC – Pork, Pickles & Peanut Festival – July 20, 2019 – 10 – 3 pm – FREE Event

Come see our Table Fables booth at the Duke Homestead‘s Pork, Pickles & Peanut Festival, on July 20, 2019, from 10 – 3 pm. This event is FREE to the public. Open rain or shine. Celebrate North Carolina food culture and history! This extremely tasty event includes BBQ and Pie contests. Guests can taste the BBQ and pick a People’s Choice winner of their own. Venture back in time at the Duke House where costumed interpreters will demonstrate historical cooking methods. Live music and local vendors will also be present on the festival grounds! Come out and get your signed copy of Table Fables, and meet the author. Learn how the Table Fables project came to be. Duke Homestead located at 2828 Duke Homestead Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Table Fables Booth at KWANZAA FEST 2019 – Durham Armory, Durham, NC – Jan 1, 2019

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Come to join us at Kwanzaa Fest, 2019 on January 1st, 2019.  Signed copies of Table Fables will be on sale.  Doors open to the public at 12:00 noon at the Durham, Armory at 212 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701.  See you there!

Hillsborough Candlelight Tour: Books By Candlelight Sunday, December 16, 2018

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I’ll be reading from Table Fables as part of a “Pop Up” readings at the historic Burwell School in Hillsborough, NC as part of the upcoming Hillsborough Candlelight Tour: Books By Candlelight (Sunday, December 16, 2018).  See below for more details.

Discounted advance reservation prices are $20.00 for adults and $12.00 for children ages 10-17. Children under 9 are free. Make your advance reservations online now.  Advance prices will be available November 5th through 1 p.m. December 3rd. Regular price for admission December 3rd through the day of is $30.00 for adults and $18.00 for children ages 10 to 17.  Online reservations will end at 11:55 p.m. December 8th. “Will Call” and “Day Of” ticketing will be located at the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce office, 200 North Churton St., Hillsborough, NC.

Frances Mayes, a contributing author to “27 Views of Hillsborough” says of Hillsborough “On a stroll along the main street, you’ll likely pass the author of one of your favorite books…..Say hello. The natives are friendly.” Her description of life in Hillsborough is the basis of this year’s Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce candlelight tour plans.

The 32nd Annual Candlelight Tour, scheduled for December 9th from 1 to 7 PM, will feature “pop up” readings from local authors who have celebrated the charm of this small town in various writings as a testimony of their love for the place they live and work. The tradition of opening a variety of homes and historic sites continues, where visitors will find festive holiday décor, local musicians, and readings from authors and local students during the afternoon.

A self-guided tour, the Chamber’s Candlelight Tour invites the guests to create family holiday traditions while exploring the town’s many historic treasures, visiting the local merchants, and becoming a “citizen for the day”! Visitors should expect to find more to do than can be accomplished in one afternoon, so relax and enjoy the stroll!

Plans for this year’s tour include:

·         Intermittent candlelight readings given by local authors and teens, along with musical performances scattered around 10 festively decorated locations including private homes (open 3 to 7 PM) and historical assets of the community (open 1 to 7).

·         A complimentary miniature train, circling the downtown historic district

·         Visits and picture-taking with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Visitor’s Center

·         Gingerbread House exhibit at the Burwell School – Entries will be displayed Wed-Sat 11-4 and Sundays 1-4 (except Sunday, December 9th open 1 to 7 p.m.), November 29th through December 22nd (except December 19-21st, Burwell will be closed).

·         Caroling Hayrides to the West End

·         And new this year — Our family-friendly “Hillsborough Passport” series, an exploration activity to discover some of our best-kept secrets

Authors who have graciously agreed to read at random intervals in this year’s event include Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Barbara Younger, Beverly Scarlett, Bob Burtman, Barry Jacobs, Earl Mathis, and Brooks Graebner.

Carriage rides will be available day of Tour departing from Burwell School, every 30 minutes, beginning at Noon with last ride departing at 4:30 PM. Ticketing for the carriage ride is separate, $10.00/person. Groups of up to 5 may reserve a time for a discounted price of $40.00, lap children are free. Reserve your carriage ride spots online now.  The Chamber will confirm your reservation time prior to the event. Reservation times will be strictly adhered to, and we will not be able to guarantee that a later time will be available in the event of a missed reservation.

“Wall Street Journal proclaimed Hillsborough as America’s Little Literary Town,” says Kim Tesoro, CEO for the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. “Our goal each year in offering the tour is to welcome new discovery of our community. We are fortunate to have so much talent and creativity in our small town, we feel that giving access to this talent base builds the experience that we are trying to create for the tour-goers. The hope is that families discover an alternative for shopping and dining during the busy holiday season while building new traditions and making great memories.”

For more information call the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce at (919) 732-8156.  Ticket sales begin November 5th at, as well as the chamber office located at 200 N. Churton in Hillsborough.

Table Fables Booth at Arts and Crafts Festival for Outreach – Nov. 10th, 2018 in Cary, NC

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Copies of Table Fables will be on sale and copies signed by the author at the upcoming Arts & Crafts Festival for Outreach in Cary, NC on November 10th, 2018.


Arts & Crafts Festival for Outreach

Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
221 Union Street, Cary, NC 27511

Table Fables Booth at W.G. Pearson Center – Re-Opening Celebration Event – Oct. 20, 2018 Durham, NC

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Come to join us at the re-opening celebration event at the W.G. Pearson Center (600 E Umstead St, Durham, NC 27701) on October 20th.  This event is all about community as we convene to imagine what this space could become.  Signed copies of Table Fables will be available for purchase.  

The WG Pearson Center is the home of the Student U Year-Round Program

Student U is a college-access organization that believes all students in Durham have the ability to succeed. In order to make this dream a reality, Student U creates a pipeline of services to support students through middle school, high school, and college. By providing direct services during out-of-school time and advocating for students and families within schools, we ensure our students develop the academic skills and personal well-being needed to beat the statistics and succeed in college and beyond.