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The Capital City Book Fair is a two-day literary explosion in downtown Trenton, NJ. Organized by Classics Books and the Trenton Downtown Association, the Book Fair will line the streets with booksellers, indie bookstores from the region, specialty presses, authors and more.

On Friday May 1 at 10:30am, the jam-packed schedule will kick-off with Guerrilla Haiku. Through The Guerrilla Haiku Movement, teams will be equipped with a scavenger hunt list and challenged to engage people, and places, in writing haiku poems. The haikus will then be assembled into an art installation in Mill Hill Park. Check out this link for the details.

The two days will be filled to the gills with events like an epic Poetry Slam, readings, talks, signings, a literary-themed tour of Trenton, a papermaking workshop, live performances, Scrabble, and more. Here’s a link to the full schedule.

“Books are the lifeblood of great cities; readers make the best informed civic partners; bookstores make great hubs for community discussion and activity; and arts and letters show us the way forward,” said Classics Books owner Eric Maywar. “The Capital City Book Fair — with streets lined with authors and booksellers as well as two full days of events headlines by TWO Pulitzer Prize winners — is a great showcase for good stuff going on in Trenton.”

tournament2The Book Fair also still needs volunteers. You can sign up now to help make the event a success. You could also consider donating books: all of the branch libraries in Trenton are closed, and Classics Books works with several programs that give free books to Trenton kids.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with mild germaphobia, excessive self-reflection, enthusiastic television viewing, and misguided adventures in random hobbies.

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