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NWF Reads


NWF Reads is an annual event held every April featuring a week-long series of events, ranging from book drive to cake decorating — all leading up to the main event, a book signing by a featured guest author.

READS Week 2019 Author: Sebastian Junger

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Sebastian Junger is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War, and Tribe. Together with Tim Hetherington, he directed the Academy Award-nominated film Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and has been awarded a national Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

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READS Week 2019 Events

Please note that all event dates are subject to change, and that specific event dates are to be announced at a later time.

Sebastian Junger will headline the READS Week Event on April 15, 2019 from 7-8 p.m. in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Main Theater.

Submissions Accepted – Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest

February 9 – March 16

$100 First Prize; $50 Second Prize; $25 Third Prize. For more information, please visit Blackwater Review’s website.

Edible Book Contest Sponsored by the Myers LRC and Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore

Monday, April 8 @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Susan Myers
Learning Resources Center

Edible books are simply books created from food. No baking skills needed; entries can be made from bread, fruits, cheeses, vegetables, even soup! Prizes are given for the best adult book, best children’s book, best faculty/staff entry, and best non-cake book. Be sure to visit the Myers LRC to view the entries and vote for the People’s Choice award.

For more information, contact Rhonda Trueman at [email protected].

NWF State College Film Club presents a screening of The Perfect Storm

Monday, April 8 @ 6:30 p.m.
 Building 110, Room 328

NWF READS is joining with the NWF State College Film Club to screen The Perfect Storm, based on the novel by Sebastian Junger. It tells the story of “the storm of the century,” which hit the North Atlantic in October 1991, engulfing, among others, a commercial fishing boat. It stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, and Diane Lane. It’s rated PG-13 for language and scenes of peril. The Perfect Storm will screen Monday, April 8th at 6:30pm in Building 110, Room 328 (the film classroom) in the Arts Wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. Everyone is welcome.

Children’s Book Drive

April 8-15

Phi Theta Kappa will be collecting new and gently used children’s books to be donated to “Children in Crisis.” Look for collection boxes around campus.

For questions, please contact Ms. Donna Pierson at [email protected].

The 2019 Blackwater Review Reading, featuring student poets and writers

April 11 @ 6 p.m.
 McIlroy Gallery, Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Blackwater Review invites you to preview the literary and artistic achievements of the students published in this year’s issue. Selected poets and writers will read and perform their pieces at this casual event. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit Blackwater Review‘s website, or contact Dr. Deidre Price at [email protected] or (850) 729-6448.

Blackwater Review Reception

Monday, April 15 @ 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
 McIlroy Gallery, Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Join us for the official unveiling of the 2019 issue of the Blackwater Review, featuring selected student readings. The award-winning literary and fine arts journal highlights the creative talent of NWF State College students. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit Blackwater Review‘s website, or contact Dr. Deidre Price at [email protected] or (850) 729-6448.

NWF READS Main Event: Visiting Author Reading

Monday, April 15 @ 7 – 8 p.m.
Mainstage Theater, Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Literary journalist and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger will speak about his latest book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. Book signing to follow. (Books will be available for purchase.)

Q&A with Sebastian Junger

Tuesday, April 16 @ 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
SSC Building (400), Room 308/309 (Upstairs)

Students will have the rare opportunity for an informal Q & A with author and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Restricted to NWF State College students only.)

For questions, please contact Dr. Beverly Holmes at [email protected].