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Readers ‘booked’ at South Ozone Park party

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:11 pm, Thu Oct 10, 2019.

Two authors of young adult books came to South Ozone Park the weekend of September 22 to talk to their young readers about their work and the value of reading.

Assembly District 31 Democratic District Leader Richard David, seated right in white shirt, who hosted the event at The Figure Studio, called it a “Book Party” in the tradition of Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club.

Delicia Davis, seated in second row in black dress, author of “Dear Diary, I’m Not Feeling Myself,” spoke to the group about how writing her book allowed her to overcome feelings of doubt about her body image.

“Improving confidence, self-esteem and discussing mental health with young people is extremely important,” she told them.

Imam Baksh, seated second row, second from right, the award-winning author of “The Dark of the Sea,” a fantasy novel set in the fictional Mermaid City, told how he purposely created a dark-skinned man as the leader of the city.

“I love events like this where I can put my writing before young people and I can see them respond,” said Baksh.

“I don’t think I read a complete book by choice until high school,” said moderator Nadira Beepart, standing behind Davis, a student at Baruch College. Her discovery of the Harry Potter books “opened the doorway for me.”

— Michael Shain

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