Impact & Advocacy
The Frederick Arts Council launched an author series in 2006, providing an opportunity for authors to discuss their literary works with residents of the Frederick metropolitan region. The series, entitled News & Notables, is formatted around a brownbag lunch forum and is usually held on a weekday around the lunch hour. However, events can be scheduled anytime to accommodate the author’s schedule.
News & Notables is intended to use literary arts as a vehicle for civic engagement. Most of the speakers will be notable figures or newsmakers whom have particularly written or published a recent book. Past speakers have included former Congressman and Actor Ben Jones, former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating. The Frederick Arts Council has also participated in community book events that have brought in notable individuals such as news commentator Cokie Roberts and D.C. Kitchen found Robert Egger. Topics range from politics and history to sports and pop culture. The purpose of the series is to promote authors and their work and serve as a forum for leaders or experts to convey their ideas to the general public. The founders believe that dialogue and deliberation is an important component to a healthy democracy and the literary arts can foster such activity.