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Thu, July 18

KABAM slam kicks off week of festivities in Kingman

The Kingman Area Books are Magic festival kicks off this evening with a poetry night at White Cliffs Middle School.

Los Angeles poet and Grammy nominee Michael C. Ford, along with Phoenix poet Aaron Johnson, will read slam poetry beginning at 6 p.m. at the school, located at 3550 Prospector Street. The reading, like all other KABAM events, is free to attend.

Other events include a photography show at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Beale Street Brews and a book signing featuring local authors starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hastings, 3153 N. Stockton Hill Road.

A special slideshow pitting "History versus Fake-lore" will show how movies and television are distorting our past and begins at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beale Street.

"We have such an eclectic mix of authors and poets that appeal to a wide variety of people, and that's what I'm most excited about," said vice-chair Kristi Turman, an assistant at the Kingman library.

Friday is a full day of activities, with award-winning fantasy, romance and science fiction writers Vijaya Schartz and Maxwell Alexander Drake leading a writers' workshop starting at 10 a.m. at the museum.

Author Brian Yates will also host a reading of his children's story, "Yalu and the Puppy Room," about a golden retriever puppy at 1 p.m. at Petco, 3320 Stockton Hill Road. Local adoption agencies will also present the true stories of animals looking for homes.

Later that night, Beale Street Brews will host the popular poetry slam from 6 to 10 p.m.

It all leads up to a day of literary fun with poets, vendors, entertainment, belly dancers, puppet shows and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metcalfe Park, 315 W. Beale Street.

Authors will also be visiting area schools to promote reading and literacy, which was the whole idea behind KABAM when it was started by library employees, writers and readers eight years ago, Turman said.

All activities are funded by grants through the Arizona Humanities Council and the Commission of the Arts. Turman said Angela Patterson, the owner of Beale Street, has been especially gracious in hosting events and providing support.

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