Century College will hosts Sapphire, author of Book that Inspired the Movie “Precious,” on Wed., Feb. 6, and sports author Ross Bernstein, who will talk about “The Champion’s Code” on Thurs., Feb 7.
Performance poet Sapphire, author of the book that inspired the Academy Award-winning movie “Precious,” will give a reading and commentary as Century College’s Martin Luther King guest speaker on Wed., Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. in the West Campus Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.
Sapphire’s books and poems on topics such as child abuse, domestic violence and social justice highlight the challenges faced by youth, women and individuals striving to achieve upward mobility. Sapphire’s poetry has been called “spiky and uncompromising.” She also has been called a poet of “slick-talking, nearly hallucinatory riffs on growing up poor, tough and black in America.”
Sapphire’s work tells the story of the cruel realities of inner-city life in a brutally honest way. Her first novel, “Push,” recounts the plight of 16-year-old Precious Jones, a victim of physical and sexual abuse, who is pregnant with her father’s child for the second time. The book was made into the movie “Precious” and won an Academy Award.
In her second book, a volume of poetry entitled “Black Wings & Blind Angels,” Sapphire addresses police brutality, her relationship with her abusive father and alcoholic mother, and sexual identity.
In her writing, Sapphire attempts to bring her audience into a world that for many is an unfortunate reality. Her intention is to move people to action.
For more information, please call Herbert King at 651-773-1794.
International business speaker and best-selling sports author Ross Bernstein will give a talk on “The Champion’s Code” at Century College on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in the West Campus Theatre.
Bernstein’s talk will be about life lessons related to ethics and accountability – from the sports world to the business world. He also will speak at 11 a.m. on Feb. 7 in The Nest, the student center at Century. His talk at that time will be how to combine your passion, along with a little bit of karma, to create your dream job. Both events are free and open to the public.
An avid hockey player and the author of more than 50 best-selling sports books, Bernstein is also the president of the Herb Brooks Foundation Board of Directors. Bernstein travels the country giving talks to business people who want to think and act more like champions. His books have reached number one multiple times in the sports category on Amazon.com, and his book “The Code” has reached a top world-wide sales ranking.
Bernstein grew up in Fairmont, Minn., and attended the University of Minnesota. When he didn’t make the Golden Gopher hockey team in 1992, he became the team’s mascot and wrote a popular book called “Gopher Hockey by the Hockey Gopher.”
After graduating from college, Bernstein lived in Chicago and New York City and worked as vice president of marketing for a company he co-founded. In 1997, he moved back to Minnesota to become a full-time sports author.
For more information, please call 651-779-5531.