Book Performance for The Jelani Tree
by Author Caroline Brewer

Hue-Man Books

You are cordially invited to come out to Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. to experience the exciting book performances of Author and WBAI, 99.5 FM Radio Host Caroline Brewer.

Ms. Brewer will use music to transmit the adventures that unfold in her newest book, "The Jelani Tree," as well as the beautiful poetry of Langston Hughes' only published children's book, "The Sweet and Sour Animal Book."

"The Jelani Tree" is a book about a magnificent tree that is endowed with the fruits of the spirit. One day a boy discovers the tree is danger of dying and does all he can to save it.

The book is based on the true life qualities of Teaneck, NJ's Jelani Manigault. After the reading, the audience will be engaged in the singing of a song that reflects the theme of "The Jelani Tree".

Caroline Brewer, former Bergen Record columnist, is the author of four children's picture books, a children's story radio host, motivational speaker, and former Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist. She will be joined in her performances by New York City Mbira (African Thumb Piano) Master Kevin Nathaniel.

 Hue-Man Books is located at 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd., between 124th and 125th streets, the intersection just before the Apollo, coming from the West Side Highway. Phone: 212-665-7400. web site:  

Additional Info:

Jelani, whose name is Swahili for “mighty”, was very accomplished. He had a gift for music -- playing the flute, saxophone, and classical piano -- and excelled in many genres. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, and was a budding fine artist, graphic artist, and nature photographer.

In his youth, Jelani received numerous awards for his leadership ability and achieved the honor and rank of Eagle Scout. He was a statewide track and field champion in Triple Jump, as well as a nationally recognized athlete in soccer. Everyone loved to have Jelani around. His gift of friendship was prized by scores of people. He expressed joy and laughter (often being witty and corny at the same time), love and kindness, humility and sincerity, and wisdom beyond his years.

Dates and Locations:
Saturday, November 12, 2005, 2PM.
Hue-Man Books
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY.
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