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2013 Events

United States Poet Laureate, Translator, Essayist and Teacher

Robert Pinsky



Robert Pinsky's Super Bowl Sunday appearance kicked off the Frederick Reads community reading celebration. The 2013 theme is Food for Thought, and Pinsky enthusiastically prepared and delivered a special feast of his favorite poems related to food and beverage, both his own work and that of other poets.


Elegant, tough and vividly imaginative, Pinsky's poems earn praise for their wild musical energy and ambitious range.


Pinsky's appearance at the Weinberg was very well attended and the audience was treated to a robust poetry reading and question and answer session. The event was generously underwritten in its entirety by the C.Burr Artz Trust.



Pioneering Urban Farmer and MacArthur Genius Award-Winner Will Allen


Will Allen is the author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People and Communities. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing, Allen returned to his roots as a farmer, using his retirement package to purchase a plot of inner-city land with greenhouses in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has built the country’s pre-eminent urban farm. He is  now the CEO of Growing Power, an organization that develops community food systems.


Mr. Allen was featured at two separate events open to the public on April 11, 2013 as part of the Frederick Reads 2013 Food for Thought theme. He spoke at Frederick Community College and the Weinberg Center.



Bountiful Breakfast Benefit with will allen and Frederick Reads Honorary Chairman bryan voltaggio

The Frederick Reads Committee and this year's honorary committee chair, Bryan Voltaggio, honored Will Allen, author of The Good Food Revolution, at a private breakfast benefit on the grounds of the Bishop Clagett Center. Proceeds from the celebration will support the 2014 Frederick Reads season. Our farm-to-table breakfast took place in an historic barn just minutes from Downtown Frederick, commanding a beautiful view of meadows and Sugarloaf Mountain.

The Historic Barn at Claggett Center,

3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown








king peggy


King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman is the 2013 One Maryland One Book selection. Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally-renowned and well-loved No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series called the book “An astonishing and wonderful book about a real-life Mma Ramotswe. An utter joy."                                         King Peggy author Peggielene Bartels will be at the Weinberg Center on September 13, 2013 at 7:30. Join us for an entertaining evening of discussion followed by a book signing. FREE and open to the public. OMOB is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council and is a statewide event that promotes reading with discussions and programming.


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Special thanks to 2013 Frederick Reads event sponsors, including:

Ausherman Family Foundation, Bar-T Mountainside, C. Burr Artz Trust, Delaplaine Foundation, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Downtown Frederick Partnership, Family Meal Restaurant, Frederick Arts Council, Frederick Community College, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Frederick Women's Civic Club, Friends of Frederick County Public Libraries, Literacy Council of Frederick County, Living Grace Lutheran Church, Lunch Box, Maryland Humanities Council, Maryland Life Magazine, Maryland Public Television, Tourism Council of Frederick County, VOLT, Wilson Information Services Corp. at NCI-Frederick, The Wine Kitchen and other organizations and dedicated individuals.