Event features writer Ryan Bernsten and actress Julia Rose Duray
The Smyrna Literary Brunch, a celebration of great writing in support of the Duck Creek Regional Library, will be Saturday, Nov. 10. The brunch begins at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 22 N. Union St., Smyrna.
The cost is $20 per person for ages 17 and up, $10 for ages 6-16, and $5 for those younger than 6. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
“For $20 you’ll not only enjoy a delicious brunch and great literature, you’ll also be supporting a new library for the area,” said Jim Hawkins, a Smyrna resident who is helping to plan the event.
The presenters, Ryan Bernsten, Julia Rose Duray, and Hawkins, are all writers and theatre artists. They will read from a variety of books, including short stories, poems and excerpts from novels and non-fiction works. The morning will include both comedic and dramatic selections, and will be appropriate for all ages.
The library fundraiser started as part of Bernsten’s latest writing project “50 States of Mind,” a book covering his road trip through all 50 states to talk with mayors, governors and residents. Bernsten is staying with the Hawkins family during his Delaware stop. As Bernsten and Hawkins were talking about ways Bernsten could learn about Delaware through work, they settled on the idea of organizing this fundraiser.
Bernsten is a writer and performer. His work has appeared in USA Today, The Onion and other publications. He is pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Duray is an actor based in New York. She has appeared in regional theatres across the country and on the television program “Chicago PD.” She and Bernsten have been friends since they met as students at Northwestern University.
Hawkins has worked as a newspaper reporter, United Methodist pastor, freelance writer, and playwright. Like Duray and Bernsten, Hawkins is also a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied journalism. He met Bersten at a playwrights conference in Ohio three years ago.