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Dedicate Open Book in Minneapolis as an International Peace Site this September

posted Aug 28, 2015, 1:19 PM by Dan Thiede
In honor of Open Book's place in the global community and its promotion of intercultural understanding, and in recognition of the connecting power of literature, please join us for a ceremony to dedicate Open Book as an International Peace Site. The Loft's Peace and Social Justice Writers Group, on behalf of Open Book's member organizations, the Loft Literary Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Milkweed Editions, is proud to invite you to attend this exciting celebration. The celebration will take place on Sunday, September 20th, from 2:00-4:00, at Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue S., Minneapolis, in the Performance Hall.

The designation as an International Peace Site will grant a unique status to Open Book and will elevate it to a higher level, by empowering its daily users and member organizations, and by honoring the activities taking place there. It will give Open Book, and its Minnesota community, a stronger presence and focus, nationally and internationally. The designation, shared by over 700 other places in the world, is sponsored by World Citizen. It will pay tribute to the writers, book artists and publishers that are active in this community, and on the world scene.

Anyone, and everyone, committed to world peace in our time, to the transforming power of language, to education, and to the role of this special place in helping to make it happen, is encouraged to attend. Surprises will be in store at the event, as connections are made around the world.

The Peace and Social Justice Writers Group, actively promoting peace-making at Open Book since 2006, in collaboration with Open Book's member organizations, will host this event. This ceremony will coincide with the worldwide celebration of International Peace Day, held on September 21st each year. In the words of Jocelyn Hale, the Loft Literary Center's long-standing Executive Director, soon stepping down, “literary and artistic expression lead to empathy.” Such empathy leads to a caring, connected and conscious community. Open Book is that special place. Please join us for a celebration on September 20th!

If you would like to know more about the Open Book dedication, or about the Peace and Social Justice Writers Group, or would like to schedule an interview with group members, please contact Philip Lund, at 612-819-1890, or at loftpeacewriters@gmail.com.

Click here to download a flier about the dedication >>
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Dan Thiede,
Aug 28, 2015, 1:19 PM
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Dan Thiede,
Aug 28, 2015, 1:19 PM
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