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Mamaroneck Library to Host Author Blake Nelson

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Acclaimed teen and young-adult author Blake Nelson will visit the Mamaroneck Public Library May 23 to discuss his books with area readers who will also have an opportunity this week to view one of his adapted movies.

The Mamaroneck Teen Library is also accepting applications for its first competitive art show for artists aged 12 to 18 years in which winners will be awarded prizes ranging from $50 to $200.

“I am very excited about both Blake Nelson’s visit and our first juried art exhibit,” said teen librarian Ellen McTyre.

Nelson’s appearance was confirmed Monday and was made possible by Sally Cohen, who works in circulation at the library and knows Nelson personally, McTyre said.

“It is always a terrific opportunity for the community when we have authors appearing at our library and Blake Nelson is just a with-it, now, teen-voice author,” she said.

In conjunction with his appearance, the library will screen the movie “Paranoid Park,” based on Nelson’s similarly titled book, at 6 p.m. tomorrow at its facilities at 136 Prospect Ave.  Nelson will be present a week later at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23 to meet with readers who want to discuss that book and others written by him, including “Girl and Recovery Road.”

Meanwhile, applications for the art competition and exhibition are available for pickup at the library until July 28, McTyre said. Mirroring the theme of the 2012 summer reading program, Own the Night, the competitive exhibition will accept one submission per artist in any media, she added.

“It promotes what’s going on culturally with our young people and it’s a great way for them to get exposure in their local community,” McTyre said.

Retail art-supply store A.I Friedman will provide the awards and is offering a 10 percent discount on supplies to participants, she added. The showing will open Aug. 11 with a public reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will be judged by library Director Susan Riley, Tony C. Wilkinson, fine arts manager at A.I. Friedman and Joyce Washburn with the Mamaroneck Council of the Arts.

Additional information on both programs can be obtained by calling 914-630-5875.

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