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If you go
What: Now Read This! group discussions
When: Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m.; Feb. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.; March 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Student Life Center’s Conference Center on Ivy Tech’s North Campus, 4900 St. Joe Road

Local author focus of Ivy Tech project

– Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast announced a community reading project Tuesday centered on a book by a local author.

The project, called Now Read This!, encourages people in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio to read, discuss and respond to “Keesha’s House,” a young-adult novel by Helen Frost.

The goal of the project is to promote literacy and encourage discussion of books, according to a university statement.

“Keesha’s House,” a novel written in poetic verse, weaves together the stories of seven teenagers as they struggle to hold their lives together.

Ivy Tech plans to award one or more scholarships worth up to $1,000 for the best creative responses to the book. Entries can include essays, music, dance, multimedia and visual art submissions, according to a university statement.

Ivy Tech will sponsor a series of reading group discussions from January through March.

Each session will take place at the Student Life Center’s Conference Center on Ivy Tech’s North Campus, 4900 St. Joe Road. The meetings, moderated by an Ivy Tech faculty member, will allow the public to discuss the book.

The project will culminate in a book signing and reading by Frost at the college March 31. The reading will also serve to kick off National Poetry Month in April.

At the same time, the college will hold its fifth annual Edible Book Festival, an event in which participants create edible representations of books that are put on display and then consumed by festival attendants.

Paperback copies of “Keesha’s House” are available for purchase at Ivy Tech’s bookstore. Copies will also be on loan at Ivy Tech’s library, several area libraries and bookstores.

Frost is the author of two collections of poetry for adults, six novels-in-poems for readers in elementary, middle school and high school and a picture book.

For more information about the scholarship competition, go to