Book Fair Features Trenton Authors, Highlights Community Talent

Trenton Free Public Library is having a Trenton Author Book Fair, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 with free books for children to take home and featuring Kassahun Checole, founder of Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, along with more than 20 local authors offering books for sale.

“This book fair highlights the talent in our community,” said TFPL Executive Director Rebecca FrancoMartin. “We are proud to offer an opportunity to meet the authors and learn about their work.”

Each child attending will be able to take home a free book. Light refreshments will be offered thanks to local sponsors including Starbucks, Royal Cake Creations, Italian People’s Bakery, and Halo Farm.

Publisher, Kassahun Checole founded Africa World Press/Red Sea Press in 1983 and is still the President and Publisher. He previously taught at Rutgers and El Colegio de Mexico and has won numerous awards. In business since 1983, the mission of the press is to provide high-quality literature on the history, culture, and politics of Africa and the African Diaspora. The press is based in Trenton and has published over 3,000 books, and currently publishes 40-60 books per year.

The event, hosted by Friends of the Trenton Free Public Library, will showcase community authors of books for children, youth and adults including City of Trenton Health and Human Services Director Adela Ames-Lopez, basketball professional and CEO La’Keisha Sutton, community activist Teska Frisby, Classics bookstore owner Eric Maywar, and many more. For a complete list of authors, visit

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