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Literary Festival Scheduled for Oct. 17 - 18

The second annual Center City Literary Festival will take place on October 17 and 18 at UNC Charlotte Center City. This festival showcases authors and performers associated with UNC Charlotte and is sponsored by UNC Charlotte Center City and the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Planned events include activities for both adults and children. Adults will want to mark their calendars for 6:00 PM on Oct. 17 to hear a reading from Violins of Hope by author James A. Grymes. Violinists will also perform in conjunction with this reading. Other writers who will participate include poet Christopher Davis, mystery novelist Mark de Castrique, essayist Sandra Govan, and poet Grace Ocasio. Several of the participants are contributors to the just released book, 27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose and Poetry, and these participants will read from their contributions to this collection. The evening will close with a book signing during which the folk music group the Kollard Kings will perform bluegrass music.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, hand-on activities for children will focus on literature, art, theater and music. Click here for more information about the event.

University to Host Conference on Queer Youth

The 2014 Carolina Conference on Queer Youth "Building Support and Envisioning Justice for LGBTQ Youth in their Schools and Communities" will be from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday, Oct. 17, in the Student Union. The conference is free for those who sign up online and the entire community is invited to attend.

In its second year, the Carolina Conference on Queer Youth is a partnership between the UNC Charlotte Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Time Out Youth and the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund. Its purpose is to bring together K-12 teachers, school counselors, middle/high school students, college students, community practitioners and activists to discuss a wide range of topics centered on queer youth identity. Conference organizers will also discuss ways to support queer youth in Southern school and community settings.