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BILL HARLEY: Two-time Grammy Award winner, NPR commentator, and acclaimed storyteller/musician will perform in Greensboro and Winston-Salem

“Stories are how we make sense of our lives...  Stories are at the very center of what it means to be human.” – Bill Harley

Two-time Grammy Award Winner, NPR commentator and acclaimed storyteller/musician/author Bill Harley will perform free family concerts in the Triad on Saturday, September 7 and Monday, September 9, as well as for schoolchildren in Greensboro and Winston-Salem at other times during his visit.

Bill uses song and story to paint a vibrant picture of growing up, parenting and family life. Poignant and hilarious, his work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill is also a regular commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and has been featured on PBS.  His thoughtful remarks at a Ted Conference about the importance of storytelling are moving and inspiring.  Bill is a long-time audience favorite at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough TN, and recently returned from a series of performances in New Zealand.

Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators. Bill's songs are joyous, direct and honest, his stories are filled with the details of daily life – all told and sung from his slightly off-center point of view. Says event organizer Barry Miller, “Bill connects with children because he has been known to view the world from the perspective of a 4th or 5th grader.  He connects with adults because he is a man of deep insight and empathy, seasoned with infectious humor.”

"Humor is my weapon," says Harley of his award-winning recordings. A two-time Grammy winner, Bill's recordings have also garnered numerous other national awards including Parents' Choice, NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publication Awards), ALA (American Library Association) and the highest honor from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for his concert DVD, "Yes to Running!" filmed in conjunction with Montana PBS.  

Bill's trademark wit and wisdom can also be found in his picture books and novels for children. His newest children’s book, Lost and Found, was released this year. His first novel, The Amazing Flight of Darius Frobisher was chosen by Bank Street School of Education as one of the best children's books of the year and his second novel, Night of the Spadefoot Toads was awarded the Green Earth Book Award as best environmental book of the year in the children's fiction category. His picture books, based on his songs, stories and poems also stand out as 'pick of the list' from ABA.  He is a Storytelling Award Winner, and a member of the Storytelling Circle of Excellence. Bill is currently working on a new series about 4th grader Charlie Bumpers, with the first book due out in the Fall of 2013.

Touring internationally in theaters, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, as a workshop leader, keynoter and inspirational speaker, Bill's work affirms our commonality and reminds us to laugh out loud.  In the car, the classroom, at home or on stage, "no one beats Harley for intelligent, polished children's entertainment – he's simply the best."  Mothering Magazine
Bill Harley’s Triad appearances are all sponsored by the University Libraries at UNCG, with the support of the Pam and David Sprinkle Children’s Book Author and Storytellers Fund.  Thanks also to the Proximity Hotel and the Printworks Bistro for their support.
Greensboro: Monday, September 9, 7 p.m. FREE
Elliott University Center Auditorium UNCG campus

Winston-Salem: Saturday, September 7, 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. with book signing after each performance.  FREE
BOOKMARKS Festival, Downtown Arts District (Main Stage)