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      March 26, 2017

      Sunday   3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      55 Haywood Street
      Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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      Andrew Aydin presents March, Vol 1 for Asheville's Rise Up & Read Together Program

      We are excited to announce that the City of Asheville will be participating in a year-long Rise Up and Read Together program beginning with volume 1 of the March trilogy. For one year, everyone in Asheville is invited to read the same book. To kick-off this city-wide event we will have one of its co-authors Andrew Aydin reading with us on March 26th. We anticipate quite a crowd and have therefore created a FREE ticket so as to manage the numbers at the event. The books will be on sale at the event and volume one is 10 percent off for the duration of the Rise Up and Read Together program. Please support your local economy by purchasing your book from us. Below is a bit more about the book and Andrew Aydin: Almost sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. edited a 16-page comic book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Distributed by hand in churches, schools, and nonviolence workshops, it dramatized the fledgling movement and its tactics to a generation of future leaders including a young John Lewis. Today, Lewis is continuing that legacy, and using comics to educate and inspire a new generation. Together with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, Congressman Lewis is creating a transformative work of literature in the graphic novel series March: a #1 New York Times bestseller that brings his memories of the civil rights movement to urgent new life. As a graphic novel memoir, March engages readers with unforgettable imagery and first-person narration, combining the disciplines of art, literature, and history in a single document. Students will not only understand the history of the civil rights movement but also connect in a deeply personal way with the story of nonviolent activism in America. March is also a catalyst for vital discussions about diversity, society, and active engagement in one's community, in ways that are not just historical but directly relevant to today's world. And what's more, it focuses specifically on the role of young people. Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, upon taking a job with Congressman Lewis, Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. They discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers and decided to write a graphic novel together about the civil rights era. A few years later, the March series was born. Today, Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Adviser to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. While studying at Georgetown University in Washington, Andrew wrote his masters thesis on the history and impact of Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. As March has grown into a bona fide phenomenon, Andrew continues to publish and lecture about the history of comics in the civil rights movement including at the headquarters of Google and Apple, where CEO Tim Cook called March, "a very unique way to present what is probably the most important story of my entire lifetime. My hope is that everyone reads this, and I would love to see the day that it is required reading in every school."


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