HERITAGE DAY EVENTS AT MOJA ARTS FESTIVAL
September 30, 2017
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Historic Savannah Foundation: The Block Party
Storyteller J’miah Nabawi presents WOOD Makes Music!™
Saturday, May 13th
at Guerry Lumber Yard
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 123 West 44th Street
What better place to see the bare bones of preservation than a lumber yard! Join us as we celebrate Guerry Lumber’s 90th anniversary through demonstrations and workshops highlighting the art of preservation. This festive and family friendly event will consist of:
• Live Music
• Food & Drink
• Educational Exhibits
• Student Exhibits
• Craftsmen Exhibits
• Bike Valet
• Early 19th Century dancing demonstration by the Davenport House Museum Dancers
Free and open to the public.
SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY
SAVANNAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Lunch and Learn
Thursday, February 16, 2017
at 12:30 pm
“The Write Attitude” is SSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning by improving attitudes about writing.
Come join us at The Westin Savannah Harbor & Savannah Harbor Foundation to meet Authors from the Savannah Quill to help raise funds for the Savannah Harbor Foundation and the Savannah Quill. $5 donation for entry. This year the Savannah Harbor Holiday Series at The Westin Savannah Harbor will feature the South’s Best Santa Claus, world famous Gingerbread Village & Competition, daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the ICE BAR and NORTH “POOL”.
Josh Vazquez, author of Savannah Zombie novels, and Winfield Strock III, author of Red Sounding, Adventures Above the Aether and more, will be part of the book signing.
Storyteller J’miah Nabawi will be performing and releasing his new book!
Storyteller J’miah Nabawi joins 13th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival
Storyteller J’miah Nabawi joins 13th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival
Our partner, Live Oak Public Libraries, and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs, is presenting the 13th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park. Local Storyteller J’miah Nabawi is performing this year as well at the Savannah Children’s Book Festival. Nabawi’s amazing storytelling has thrilled children for over the last 30 years. Nabawi is our guest of honor at the upcoming Savannah Quill book convention on March 11, 2017.
Dr. Dana L. Taylor will serve as the Official American Sign Language Interpreter for the 2016 Savannah Children’s Book Festival. This will be Dr. Taylor’s eleventh year as the festival’s American Sign Language Interpreter, having been the principal interpreter and primary consultant since the festival’s interest in providing Sign Language interpreting services for Savannah’s deaf individuals and community. Dr. Taylor will also be interpreting for Nabawi. For more information about Dr. Taylor, please check out her bio here. Below is a questions and answers interview we had with Nabawi about the upcoming festival.
SQ: Please talk about what you will be doing at the festival.
JN: Hi, Adam! At this year’s 2016 Savannah Children’s Book Festival, I will open the International Tent with an 11am interactive workshop for parents, teachers, children of all ages whom may have always wanted to do storytelling as a performance or reading aloud to an audience in a way to engage people, especially children. The workshop is called Bringing Storybooks Alive: Let’s Make the Animals Talk! More details and the International Tent schedule can be found at http://www.booksforgrowingminds.com
SQ: How many years have you been going?
JN: Actually, this past August 26, 2016 made exactly thirty years to the day when I first stepped out on a stage in Philly to tell tales and stories to a community of retirees and their grandchildren.
SQ: Please tell the readers about your history of how you became a storyteller.
JN: Briefly, I had just returned home from having lived in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico for several years and wanted to see what was up and going on in Philly that weekend. The Philadelphia Museum of Art was featuring a well-known African Griot (Storyteller and much more), Djimo Kouyate, from Senegal, West Africa. I went to go see it and was quite impressed and inspired by his engaging storytelling and use of various African instruments. The following weekend, I saw that “the Official Storyteller of Philadelphia, Linda Goss, was being featured for a family program of storytelling at The Please Touch Museum. I went to see it and again, the high energy and how she was engaging the audience and getting the children and adults to participate (myself included) both in their seats and on stage I believe was the factor that really got me thinking and wondering if it was something I could. After the show, I introduced myself to Ms. Goss, she invited me to her workshop, took me under her wings as a mentee and, as we all say, the rest is history. I credit her for really having gotten me involved with storytelling on a professional level. The longer version of this story will be in my book, I Tell Tales, forthcoming in March, 2017.
SQ: Please tell the readers about your upcoming book.
JN: Apart from I Tell Tales, first the most recent is Why Spiders Hide in Corners (Ananse Makes It So!). Now having some experience under my belt, my mentor Ms. Goss invited me to submit a story for the book she was doing for a Simon and Schuster publication, Talk That Talk: An Anthology of African and African American Storytelling. My first “stand alone” self-published book, it can now be found in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinse thanks to some friends and is currently in Amazon’s global markets. However, I’m really excited about a series I’ve named Three Tales Tall. Each book will feature a combination of either three stories, folktales or both that I either retell, adapt for performances or write anew. Available next month are: Three Tales Tall: Sungurah ~ The Great Wall of China~ Bruh Rabbit; and Three Tales Tall: Sun and Moon ~ Life ~ Justice Prevails. Both volumes featuring stories from China, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Southeastern United States.
SQ: What do you say to aspiring story tellers and authors?
JN: Follow your interests and a model/style of storytelling and story-writing, a mentor; check out the various storytellers and make conversation with those you connect with; like-mindness is cool. Some of these may lead you to your niche where you feel more like yourself. Influences are alright as long as within that you find your own voice and vision to where you can say, “this feels more like me.”
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With Storyteller J’miah Nabawi as Our Host Presenter
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Where: Forsyth Park (Gaston and Drayton Streets)
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Bringing Storybooks Alive: Let’s Make the Animals Talk!
PAST FAMILY LITERACY EVENTS
Hadithi-i-i-i! Njoo! Njoo! Njoo! Hujambo-o-o nyote-e-e! Stories! Come! Come! Come! Greetings everyone! Join J’miah at the 2015 Savannah Children’s Book Festival where you will find him hosting and presenting at the festival’s International Tent.
Starting off with a shout out and invitation to Southside Middle School (Florence, SC, above photos) and its Fine Arts Department of Drama and Honor Students for “a return visit” to Savannah (GA) for the 2015 Savannah Children’s Books Festival and International Tent. After having rocked the park and festival with their animated, upbeat personalities and performances last year, this animated group of 7th and 8th graders will be joining J’miah as they present their own arrangements of folktales from around the world and possibly one of J’miah’s stories that has since been published as a book.
This year for the 2015 Savannah Children’s Book Festival, you’ll find Storyteller J’miah Nabawi with his brand of interactive storytelling and creating spontaneous “storytelling and choral reading aloud ensembles” with his INTERNATIONAL TENT guests and festival goers. With an array of hand held musical instruments, dance and fun, the universal language of play will take the stage. Come with your Twi, Yoruba, Spanish, French, Ki-Swahili, Gullah, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Serbian, Russian, Vietnamese . . . whichever language you play and tell tales in and ready to share with J’miah at the 2015 Savannah Children’s Book Festival.
“J’miah Nabawi is Savannah’s pied piper of children’s fun and folklore.”
~Live Oak Public Libraries
Libros en vivos: Storybooks alive!
PREVIOUS YEARS INTERNATIONAL TENT PROGRAM LINE-UP
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Storyteller J’miah Nabawi is Keynote speaker and workshop presenter at Georgia Public Libraries’ Annual Service Convention, Macon, GA 2008
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