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Concert Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron At Rutgers-Newark Is Nov. 18; Concert Is Part Of Prequel To Harlem Book Fair In April 2012

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A tribute concert to Gil Scott-Heron, canceled due to the Oct. 29 blizzard, has been rescheduled for  Nov. 18.  “I’m New Here: The Gil Scott-Heron Memorial Concert,” will  feature the Poetry Society of America 2001 Robert Frost Medalist, Sonia Sanchez, Sonia Sanchez with David Mills, Louis Reyes Rivera, Tantra, Elijah Wong and special invited guests. Hosted by Helena D. Lewis; music by Atiba Wilson and Songhi Djeli.

There is a $10 fee for the concert, which will be Nov. 18, 7-9 p.m., in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The concert is part of the prequel of events leading to one of the most lauded and well-attended literary events in the United States, the Harlem Book Fair.  The Harlem Book Fair/Newark  is coming to the city April 27-28  2012.

“Requiem For A Revolution: A Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron,” was a daylong remembrance of poet and recording artist Gil Scott-Heron and the official launch event of the Harlem Book Fair/Newark.  The first two events of the Oct. 29 tribute were held as scheduled, but the concert was canceled due to the snowstorm.

Scott-Heron, who died in May 2011 at 62, was a “voice of black protest culture,” according to the New York Times.

The Harlem Book Fair/Newark is expected to attract 40,000 people and showcase up to 200 exhibitors.  Newark will join New York; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; Houston; Los Angeles; Hempstead, NY; and Atlanta in producing Harlem Book Fair events.  First established in 1998, the fair has three major components: the sale of books in print and electronic formats; public programs, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions focused on reading, education, and literacy; and a day-long series of nationally televised panel discussions by noted authors.

For information on the tribute or the Harlem Book Fair/Newark, please contact Max Rodriguez, 212/348-1681, or mrod@qbr.com.