Annual Random House Book Fair set for March 2-3 at Carroll Community College

A movie, workshops and visits by several national Random House authors will all be part of the annual Random House Book Fair, to be held Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster..

The book fair draws visitors of all ages to hear author presentations and obtain signings, buy discounted books, and participate in a silent auction and children's activities.


A kick-off to the fair will be held Friday, March 2, from 1 to 5 p.m., when seniors are invited to take part in discounted book sales, workshops and exhibitors. There will be a book talk by author Susan Fraser King.

Two movie showings of the Disney movie, "Cars 2," will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and children can also visit the "Good Neigh-Bear" mascot from State Farm Insurance.


On Saturday, Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bears of the "Berenstain Bears" book series, which is celebrating 50 years, will greet visitors throughout the day in the college's Great Hall.

Elizabeth Letts, author of "The Eighty-Dollar Champion," will discuss this book about a horse and his owner. Lenore Look, author of "Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances," will discuss the book about life and loss.

Keith Donohue, author of "Centuries of June," will talk about his novel, which combines fiction and history, and Tess Gerritsen, author of "Silent Girl," will discuss her suspense novels.

Tickets to the Friday movie showings go on sale on Monday, Feb. 27. The ticket price for the movie is $3 per person. Tickets sell quickly.


There is no cost for general admission to the book fair. However, a wrist band for $3 per person includes admission to the children's activities and to the gym activities.

Proceeds from the book fair benefit student scholarships at Carroll Community College. For more information on the fair, contact Kathy Mayan at 410-386-8155 or email

Friday, March 2, 1-9 p.m.

1-5 p.m.— Discounted book sales, workshops and exhibitors, for ages 55 and older.

2:30 p.m. — Book talk by author Susan Fraser King.

4:30 and 7 p.m. — Showing of the film, "Cars 2," for all ages.

Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

9:45 a.m. — Children's Activities (wrist bands required).


10 a.m. — Children's Story Time, hosted by the Carroll County Public Library.

10:30 a.m. — Book talk with Elizabeth Letts.

10:45 a.m. — Book talk with Lenore Look.

11:30 a.m. — Book talk with Keith Donahue.

Noon — Book talk with Tess Gerritsen.

12:45 p.m. — Children's Story Time, hosted by the Carroll County Public Library.

2:30 p.m. — Professor Wizard's Wonders of Science, Theater in the Scott Center.

3 p.m. — Student Writing Contest winners read, Theater in the Scott Center

All day — free books for children while supplies last; discounted book sales; food (until 3:30 p.m.) and silent auction (3:30 p.m. bids close).