Author Talk & Book Signing Featuring Antwone Fisher April 25th

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FOSHLAntwone Fisher will be the featured author at the Friends of the Signal Hill Library’s Author Talk & Book Signing on Monday, April 25, 2011 in the Signal Hill Park Community Center. There will also be a screening of the movie Antwone Fisher, starring Denzel Washington and Derek Luke. Admission to both events is free. Come meet this remarkable man, hear his inspiring story, and watch the movie…. you won’t regret it!

Antwone Fisher is an award-winning literary author, poet, screenwriter, movie producer, and director with an inspirational life story as related in the movie by the same name and his book, Finding Fish: A Memoir. Born to a teenaged mother in an Ohio prison, he was immediately placed in foster care, subjected to abuse for 12 years by one of his foster families, sent to a reform school for 3 years when no other placement could be found, and became one of the homeless after aging out of the system at age 17. After witnessing his best friend’s death in a botched robbery, Fisher joined the Navy but was almost discharged after beating another sailor. With the help of his commanding officer and a psychiatrist, Fisher was able to stay in the Navy for 11 years, turn his life around, and follow his dreams. After the Navy, he became a Federal Correctional Officer and then a Security Officer at Sony Pictures where he was referred to a free screenwriting course. His instructor introduced Fisher to a movie producer who was impressed with his story and hired him as a screenwriter. For his work on the movie Antwone Fisher, he received the Humanitas Prize, Screenwriter of the Year Award from the National Association of Theatre Owners, and Best Original Screenplay nomination from the Writers Guild of America West; he was also listed in Variety’s “50 People to Watch” and Fade In Magazine’s “Top 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know.” Fisher then took the literary world by storm with his first book, Finding Fish: A Memoir, which expanded on the challenges and triumphs of his life’s journey and was a NY Times Best Seller. A collection of his poetry, Who Will Cry for the Little Boy, became a National Best Seller and his third book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie and Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life recently won the Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional from the 2011 NAACP Image Awards. Fisher also wrote and directed My Summer Friend, which received the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 Jewish Film Festival. He teaches in UCLA’s Extension Writers Program. Fisher has received the National Angel in Adoption Award and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Cleveland State University for his professional achievements, loyalty to community, personal triumphs, and his indomitable spirit of never giving up.

The Antwone Fisher book signing is Monday, April 25, 2011 in the Signal Hill Park Community Center, 1780 East Hill Street, Signal Hill CA 90755, from 7:15 to 8:30 pm. The screening of the movie Antwone Fisher is from 5 to 7 pm. Admission to both events is free but donations to help support the library’s programs are appreciated. Autographed copies of the author’s book(s) will be available for purchase.

For additional information call (562) 989-7324 or email

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