For more than a decade, storyteller and author Mark Binder has been performing tales for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
This year, he’s celebrating summer reading with the Every Hero Has a Story Performance and Book Tour.
“I have a repertoire of a hundred stories, because I never know who’s going to show up in the audience,” Mark Binder explained. “Sometimes it’s an all-ages group; sometimes it’s teens; sometimes it’s preschoolers and Moms and Dads.
“The remarkable thing about spoken word stories is that they can connect diverse listeners in and powerful shared experience. It’s kind of deep, and a lot of fun!”
For 2015, Mark has created the story of a Prince and Princess who are caught in a flash flood, and take shelter in a barn full of storytellers. As they listen to the stories, and eventually come to tell their own, the Prince and Princess change and grow.
Mark’s book, Every Hero Has a Story, dovetails with the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a nation-wide effort to keep kids reading all summer. The book parallels one of Mark’s performances, beginning with a familiar story, but then delving deeper into both traditional, offbeat, and original stories. Every Hero Has a Story can be read aloud to younger children and read alone by older children and adults alike.
“In a performance I have a captive audience for a forty-five minute hour,” Mark Binder said. “In the book, we have more time. People can read a story and then come back to it. By the end of the book, the Princess and Prince’s journey is powerfully complete.”
“While most books have one story, this has eighteen… Most of them are fairy tales, but some are adventure stories. All are wonderful.” —San Francisco Book Review (5 / 5)
“If you’ve never seen a storyteller, or heard an author perform, come to a show,” Mark Binder said. “If you have, then you know how much fun it will be. Bring the whole family or come by yourself. And of course, if you can’t make it to an event, please buy the book! I promise you’ll enjoy it”
Mark Binder is the author of more than a dozen books and audio recordings for children and families. He tours the world sharing the joy of story with audiences of all ages. His book, Cinderella Spinderella was the winner of five ebook awards and celebrates diversity in books—with an awesome reinterpretation of the classic story. His Bed Time Story Book collections have sold more than 60,000 copies worldwide. His work for older children includes It Ate My Sister and It was a Dark and Stormy Night…. Mark’s first novel, The Brothers Schlemiel has recently been reissued in an unabridged edition. (His websites are at http://markbinder.com and http://transmitjoy.com)
- Friday, 6/5/2015 at 9am: Author Visit for Reading Celebration! at Forest Avenue School, 315 Forest Avenue , Middletown, RI
- Saturday, 6/6/2015 at 1-3pm: Camp Stories for Open House at Hale Reservation Day Camp, 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA
- Saturday, 6/6/2015 at 10am: Every Hero Has a Story at Bacon Free Library, 58 Eliot St, S Natick, MA
- Thursday, 6/18/2015 at 10 am and 1:45 pm: Every Hero Has a Story at Charles Barnum School, 68 Briar Hill Road, Groton, CT
- Wednesday, 7/15/2015 at 6pm: Adult Program: Telling and Reading Stories with Children (a workshop with stories) at Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St, Northborough, MA
- Tuesday, 7/21/2015 at 2pm: Every Hero Has a Story at South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
- Wednesday, 7/22/2015 at 10:30 am: Camp Stories at Hale Reservation Day Camp, 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA
- Wednesday, 7/22/2015 at 1pm: Every Hero Has a Story at Town of Mansfield, 6 Park Row, Mansfield, MA
- Thursday, 7/23/2015 at 6pm: Every Hero Has a Story at Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main Street, Plaistow, NH
- Tuesday, 8/4/2015 at 2 or 3 pm: Every Hero Has a Story – with Talk on Writing Stories at Edgartown Free Public Library, 58 North Water St. Edgartown, MA Wednesday,
- 8/5/2015 at 3pm: Stories on the Beach at Hale Reservation, 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA
- Thursday, 8/6/2015 at 10:30 am: Every Hero Has a Story at Coventry Parks and Recreation, 1277 Main Street, Coventry, RI
- Thursday, 8/6/2015 at 6pm: Every Hero Has a Story – Part of the Children’s Night Series at Easton Beach Newport, RI
- Monday, 8/10/2015 at 5:30 pm: Every Hero Has a Story at Ames Free Library of Easton, 53 Main St., North Easton, MA
- Thursday, 8/13/2015 at 3pm: Every Hero Has a Story at Milford Town Library, 80 Spruce Street, Milford, MA
- Thursday, 8/13/2015 at 11:10: Camp Stories at Grossman Camp, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton Center, MA
- Friday, 8/14/2015 at 12:30: Camp Tales at Camp Sewataro, 1 Liberty Ledge, Sudbury, MA
- Thursday, 8/27/2015 at 7pm: Every Hero Has a Story at Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St, Salem, MA