For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Bookstore to Host Book Signing by Dance Authors

Island Heights Authors of Ballet Books Come to GCU Campus on September 24

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 16, 2008—The Georgian Court University Bookstore, run by the Follett Higher Education Group, is celebrating its grand opening on Wednesday, September 24, GCU’s Centennial Day, by hosting a book signing. William Noble and Angela Whitehill, Island Heights, N.J., will sign copies of their books from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the University Bookstore.

“We wanted to participate in the festivities of Georgian Court’s Centennial Kickoff,” says bookstore manager Gloria Giblin-Kelnhofer, “which is also the bookstore’s grand opening,” she continues. “What better way to celebrate the Centennial, the dedication of the Wellness Center where we are located, as well as one of our new majors, dance.”

Angela Whitehill is a former professional ballet dancer with the Ballet de Paris in France and has also served as artistic director, ballet mistress, costume designer, dance counselor, and lecturer in various productions of The Nutcracker. William Noble is the author of Bookbanning in America and is a Vermont Humanities Scholar. The husband and wife duo are both authors of Nutcracker Backstage: The Story and the Magic, The Parents Book of Ballet, and The Dancer's Book of Ballet. The first two titles will be available at the GCU University Bookstore.

To add to the festive ambience of the day and the event, GCU music instructor Patrick Appello will be playing acoustic guitar. For more information, please contact the bookstore at 732.987.2145.

About Nutcracker Backstage: The Story and the Magic, from the publisher, Princeton Book Company Publishers:
“This inside look at the Nutcracker combines both the story and insights into the performance, creating a rich complement to the classic ballet. Abundant illustrations and elaborate explanations of each character, from the Nutcracker Prince to Mother Ginger, provide an invaluable supplement to the ballet experience. The story behind Tchaikovsky's famous score and the elements of a quality performance are explained. The trials of auditioning and training are chronicled with the testimony of professional dancers, artistic directors, and choreographers who have been part of successful productions.”

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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