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  • Winner of 2015 Better Carolina Award to Robeson Community College
  • 2015 Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award, General Federation of Women’s Clubs of North Carolina to Founder p.m.terrell
  • 2014 Winner in The League for Innovation in Community College to Robeson Community College
  • 2013 Francis B. Reid Award to the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library
  • 2013 Francis Ashburn Honorable Mention Volunteer of the Year to Founder p.m.terrell

The Book ‘Em Foundation was founded by suspense author p.m.terrell and Waynesboro, Virginia Police Officer Mark Kearney as a partnership between authors and law enforcement. The mission of The Book ‘Em Foundation is to raise public awareness of the correlation between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates.

Book ‘Em North Carolina is a one-day event that brings together more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents and publicists under one roof. The event is open to the public and is FREE for attendees, participating authors and presenters.

It is hosted by Robeson Community College, The Book ‘Em Foundation, Friends of the Robeson County Public Library, Robeson County Arts Council, Lumberton Visitors Bureau, and the City of Lumberton.

A series of talks occur throughout the day and include:

  • Writers Conference – for aspiring or published authors of all ages and levels
  • The Children’s Corner – readings for younger children, arts and crafts and special activities
  • Panel Discussions and Talks – for readers of various fiction and nonfiction genres, including autobiographical, biographical, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, horror, true crime and others

Proceeds from this one-day event are used to increase literacy rates for citizens of all ages and reduce crime. Groups receiving donated funds from previous events include: the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Robeson County for ages 1 through 5; Communities In Schools for all grade levels; Friends of the Robeson County Public Library for adult literacy programs; and Lumberton Police Department. $34,600 has been donated to date.

The event is FREE and open to the public. . For the 2018 event, proceeds for literacy come from exhibitor registration and donations. 100% of this money is kept within Robeson CountyNone goes toward overhead; due to business sponsorships, we are able to cover all marketing and promotional costs with sponsorship dollars so all proceeds from the event go directly toward the literacy programs.

Next event date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Time: 9:30am-4pm
Location: Lumberton, NC Robeson Community College

Email: bookemnc@robeson.edu