gerald_hausman_web.jpgFORT LAUDERDALE — Using the alphabet as a framework, storyteller Gerald Hausman will share images, songs, stories, poems, histories and memories about African-American culture in a program oriented to children from 6 to 16, and their caregivers, during a book talk at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC).

The story telling program — based on his book African-American Alphabet — begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at AARLCC, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and story samples, visit Hausman’s web site, or call the AARLCC Youth Service Desk, 954-357-6209.

Hausman is the author of more than 70 books. His live storytelling has been praised by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, History Channel, and the Bank Street College of Education. He and his wife Lorry have received numerous awards in the field of children’s literature.

“As a writer I have often been called a scribe,” Hausman says. “This is because in the gathering of oral tales, I have always tried to get the story right. To capture the flavor, the region and the moral as the original storyteller gave it to me. The NYT Book Review called my collection of American Indian stories, Tunkashila ‘an eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.’”

For 22 years Hausman gathered and told stories in New Mexico. He also spent 13 summers on the island of Jamaica where he ran an

informal writing school with his wife. Together they collected Anansi stories, stories from and about the Kebra Nagast, and traditional West Indian ghost stories.

Hausman tells stories to children of all ages. He visits all manner of schools. He teaches writing workshops throughout the United States and is most recently the author of The American Storybag — 40 years of story gathering on and off the road. He lives on a barrier island in Florida.

* Pictured above is Gerald Hausman.